On May 14, 2019, British Prince Andrew, Duke of York, visited Hahoe Folk Village in Andong, Gyeongsangbuk-do Province, South Korea, 20 years after his mother, Queen Elizabeth II, visited Hahoe in 1999, on the occasion of a a State Visit to the Republic of Korea. During his visit, the Duke of York planted an apple tree before relaying and greetings from his mother the Queen to the people of Hahoe.
Prince Andrew also stopped by Chunghyodang House, the residence of Ryu Seong-ryong (1542-1607), a scholar and government official during the Joseon Dynasty era (1392-1910), and saw there the Korean fir tree that his mother planted.
Prince Andrew met with 93 locals from Hahoe - one for each of the Queen's years of life - and then watched a traditional mask dance.
The Duke of York later travelled to the region’s Agricultural Co-op centre to watch a daily auction. He also visited Bongjeongsa Temple, Korea’s oldest surviving wooden building. Here The Duke laid a fragment of ceramic as a prayer offering, just as Her Majesty did 20 years ago.
Later on, The Duke visited the Korean Studies Institute, which holds the largest collection of private printing blocks in South Korea.