The mountains here are
surrounded by a meandering river of cool, crystal clear water, and
the river is circumscribed by yet another chain of mountains.
The natural setting of this village is therefore well reflected
in its name; Hahoe meaning "circle of water." This
is the family town of the Pungsan Ryu Family. Inside are more than
130 well preserved houses which represent 300-500 years of history.
These include exquisite mansions of the upper class to humble
homes of the lower class, and all is surrounded by scenic mountains,
the Nakdong River and a riverside sand beach.
The place is
particularly famous for being the hometown of Ryu Un-ryong, a leading
confucian scholar during the Joseon Dynasty, and his brother, Ryu
Seong-ryong (1542-1607), who served as prime minister during the
Japanese invasion "Imjinwaeran" of 1592.
in an oval-shaped estuary, the village will give visitors the feeling
that they have gone back in time to an age of Joseon Dynasty gentility.
Hahoe Maul is also renowned for Byolshingut
(shaman ritual) and the Hahoe
The Hahoe Byeongsan mask is used in the performance of Hahoe Byolshingut, the oldest existing mask in Korea. Originally, 12
masks were used in the gut performance, but those which remain today
are Choraengi, Yangban (gentility), Baekjeong (butcher, the lowest
class) and several others,and they have been designated as National
Treasure No. 121.