Wednesday 21 October 2015

Historic Villages of Korea: Hahoe and Yangdong

Is not every day that I receive postcards from South Korea through the official website of Postcrossing. More rare is to receive a postcard through the official website of Postcrossing from South Korea that is a UNESCO site from my missing list. But it was what happened with this great extra large black and white postcard sent by K.eunjiiin!

Hahoe Village
The Hahae Folk Village (Korean: 안동하회마을) is a traditional village from the Joseon Dynasty. The 'Ha' is short for river and 'hae' means to 'turn around, return, come back." In English, one might call the village 'Swirling River Village', Wandering River Village', 'Round River Village' or 'Snake River Village' or perhaps simply, 'Riverbend' or 'Ouroboros' or 'Kundalini'. The technical term from geology of such a topographic feature is a 'meander' The village is a valuable part of Korean culture because it preserves Joseon period-style architecture, folk traditions, valuable books, and an old tradition of clan-based villages.
The village is located in AndongGyeongsangbuk-do. To the north of the village is Buyongdae Cliff while Mt. Namsan lies to the south. The village is organized around the geomantic guidelines of pungsu (Korean feng shui) and so the village has the shape of a lotus flower or two interlocking comma shapes.
The village is listed by the South Korean government with UNESCO as a World Heritage site with Yangdong Folk Village in 2010. - in: wikipedia

I still don't have any postcard from Yangdong Village.

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