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Every year the small town of Andong hosts the Andong International Maskdance Festival. Other than the Mask Festival, Andong is probably one of the most boring towns in Korea. I lived there for a year back in 2002, and I thought I would go cross-eyed with boredom. I decided to attend the 2010 Mask Festival, and this was my first time back since 2002. All did not go according to plan, so I arrived on the first day long before the opening ceremonies. In the end everything turned out okay. I got to watch the dress rehearsals without too many other people hanging around with cameras.
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Andong is fairly easy to get to from most towns and cities in Korea. Train or bus fares are very reasonable. Accommodation can be a challenge during the festival. There are only two hotels listed on-line and they get sold out very early. There are many small hotels in Andong, so if you want to stay overnight it’s probably best to arrive early in the day and look for a hotel on the spot. Hotel rates are fairly reasonable. Budget travelers will find a day or a weekend at the festival easy on the pocketbook.
The 2011 festival is from September 30 through October 10th. If you’re in Korea, I highly recommend that you make the trip to Andong. To find out more: Andong International Maskdance Festival, 2011.
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