Prince Andrew Visits Hahoe Traditional Village

      May 15, 2019 11:20

      Britain's Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visited Hahoe Village in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, 20 years after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, toured the traditional village that is now a UNESCO World Heritage site.

      The duke was treated to a birthday party just like his mother when she visited Hahoe Village back in 1999. He said the queen instructed him to tell her about every detail of the visit when he returns to London.

      The duke arrived at the North Gyeongsang provincial government building by helicopter at 11 a.m. and was greeted by the governor. He was welcomed by a smattering of locals waving the flags of the two countries at the gate to the village. 

      Britain's Prince Andrew (center in left photo) is presented with a traditional Korean birthday table at Hahoe Village in Andong, North Gyeongsang Province on Tuesday, just like his mother (center in right photo) did during her visit back in 1999.

      When presented with his birthday table by the villagers, Prince Andrew read a message from the queen who said, "It is over twenty years since the Duke of Edinburgh and I paid a state visit to [Korea], and I recall with great fondness the many places we visited. In particular, I remember the very warm welcome that I received in Hahoe Village, on the occasion of my 73rd birthday. In the months and years ahead, Prince Philip and I wish you every good fortune and happiness."

      Back then, villagers prepared a lavish table of 47 dishes for the queen, ranging from steamed sea bream to dumplings. Andong Mayor Kwon Yong-jin presented Andrew with a gift made of traditional rice paper and porcelain.

      Andong designated the 32-km route the queen and duke took on their tour as "The Royal Way." It had previously been referred to as "Queen's Road."

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