on…Hahoe Mask Museum (하회동 탈 박물관)

Posted: 19/12/2012 in Asia, Culture, Design, Korea, Uncategorized
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on…Hahoe Mask Museum (하회동 탈 박물관)

Hahoe Mask Museum is just before the entrance to the  UNESCO World Heritage Hahoe Village. I have never had an interest in masks, I actually find them very creepy. However, when you have to wait 45 minutes for a bus back to Andong, you may as well go in a mask museum. This museum displays the famous Hahoe masks and other masks from all over the world. despite my poor attitude, I actually enjoyed looking at the different masks and the various uses. I was both impressed and amused that someone went to the trouble of making a ‘Monk with scabies’ mask. Many of the masks were used for exorcism and funerals prior to the more conservative and Confucian Joseon dynasty.

AndongMask Collage

If you are interested in the process the picture above shows the various stages of makeing an Andong or Hahoe mask. As I know absolutely nothing about masks, I have included a name for each mask based on what (or who) they remind me of.

Tony Adams Frankenstein

Tony Adams Frankenstein

Confused Hindu

Confused Hindu

Mating caterpillar eyebrows

Mating caterpillar eyebrows

No title necessary

No title necessary

Bearded Mexican freakshow

Bearded Mexican freakshow

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Bruce Forsythe's shipwrecked ego.

Bruce Forsythe’s shipwrecked ego.

De Niro eating a grapefruit

De Niro eating a grapefruit

Indonesian bulldog

Indonesian bulldog

Eyes Wide Shut souvenir

Eyes Wide Shut souvenir

Gandolf in rehab.

Gandolf in rehab.

Yoda's creepy uncle

Yoda’s creepy uncle

Rod Stewart's homeless brother.

Rod Stewart’s homeless brother.

Zombie Neil from the Young Ones

Zombie Neil from the Young Ones

 

Getting there:

From Andong Bus Terminal or Andong Station,
Take Bus 46 bound for Hahoe Village (하회마을) and get off at the museum. This museum is a bit further back from the entrance to Hahoe near the restaurants.

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