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The Historic House To See In Andong()

The Historic House To See In Andong


Imcheonggak is one of those places that, were you not on a tour, you’d probably never find on your own.
Not only that, but you have to walk through a very tiny tunnel just to find it. Again, you probably wouldn’t find it.
But if you did, you’d be rewarded with a very interesting collection of Hanoks with a lengthy legacy.

Andong is home to numerous families of noble birth and even today there are dozens of families living in the area upholding the traditions of their previously noble families.
Imcheonggak is one of those places. Home to the Goseong Yi clan, the family had the buildings for almost 500 years.
It is one of the largest residences in the country at 99 kan which is the largest a house a private citizen could have if he weren’t a king.
Basically, the family was of utmost importance and came to Andong to settle.
The house now, though very important and impressive, doesn’t necessarily show it as it now sits behind a large walled barrier from the nearby road that cut through the area.
The road and barrier are why you need to walk through a small tunnel to get to the other side to see the Hanok complex.

The name Imcheonggak means “returning home” and comes from a Chinese poet named Tao Yuanming who lived during the Six Dynasties period and the house continued to support and promote the arts through frequent visits from renowned poets and scholars of the day.
The family members maintained their status and supported the communities and arts up until 1910 during the Japanese colonization.
When Korea lost its independence, the last male of the family, Yi Sang Ryong used his family’s fortune to travel to Manchuria where he devoted his life to the liberation movement.
He even served as the third president of the Provisional Government of the Republic of Korea in Manchuria.

Today, Imcheonggak is a tribute to the family and their efforts to protect and foster the arts, freedom, and liberation.
The complex houses a main gate, men’s quarters, main quarters, a pond and a pavilion.
You can step into the pavilion to see photos, medals, and various honors that were bestowed on the family and visit their nearby ancestral shrines.
The structures are rather unique as they have a horizontal shaped structure which provide a clear classification for gender and rank.
The residents were once strictly divided depending on this.

If you don’t want to take a walk up the hillside to their shrines, at least head down the road to see a gorgeously tall brick pagoda.
The seven story brick pagoda and the oldest and tallest brick pagoda in Korea and stands at the site of where Beopheungsa Temple once sat.
It’s quite special to walk up the road and find it near another old family Hanok complex that is currently a private residence.

Address: 63 Imcheonggak, Andong-si, Gyeongsangbuk-do경북 안동시 임청각길 63(법흥동 20-3)
Amenities: Restrooms
Tips: Visit during the autumn to see the house with a beautiful foliage backdrop or in the spring to see the flowering bushes and trees on the grounds.

Business Name 헛제사밥까치구멍집
Phone Number 054-855-1056
  • 경북 안동시 석주로 203 (203 Seokju-ro Andong-si)
Fees W15,000 ~ W35,000
Time of Entry 11:00am – 8:00pm
Facilities Restrooms, parking
Reason for recommendation Great traditional restaurant with both floor and table seating that serves traditional ceremonial Korean food.

Business Name 산마을식당
Phone Number 054-791-4643
  • 경북 울릉군 북면 나리 136-2 (136-2 Nari Buk-myeon Ulleung-do)
Fees W8,000 ~ W20,000
Time of Entry 7:00am ~ 8:00pm
Facilities Bathrooms, parking
Reason for recommendation Local restaurant that serves up local homegrown healthy food. It’s a must try for healthy holistic food lovers.
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