45 minutes away from downtown Andong, Jirye village serves as a point of interest and you are also able to stay there. If you stay there, the owner Mr Kim can pick you up from the train station at around 5pm. The car ride brings you across the bridge spanning the Dam, through winding mountain roads before reaching a secluded village.
The village is maintained by Mr Kim and consists of traditional houses 400+ years old. Some of these houses maintain the traditional underground heating system. The village is cut off with wilderness for company so bring along good books and piano scores (they have a piano) if you intend to stay there.
Otherwise, catch a ride to Andong town every morning when Mr Kim drives there.
Just north of the downtown square is a shrine to the founders of three local clans. There's an eclectic collection of buildings, plus the shrine proper. A couple of old guys apparently live here, and if you're lucky they'll unlock some of the buildings and show you around. There's some interesting gates and a big pavilion, and a fairly new building in back that went to an expo in Hanover and now holds equipment for the games played during the Andong Mask Dance festival. Overall it's a quaint little space with a park-like feel. Take a peek around. Signs inside explain in Korean and interesting English.
Around the lake formed by Andong dam are some cute park areas, making it the best green space in town. Also, several buildings that would otherwise have been destroyed when the dam was built were moved to high ground and preserved here, including farmhouses, government buildings, kilns, icehouses, and other sites of interest. Take a stroll and enjoy the scenery and greenery.
Had enough of all the authentic old architecture in Andong? How about some fake old architecture?^____^ If you head uphill from the little park at Andong Dam you'll find a set leftover from a KBS historical drama that you can roam around. It's a fun little village to goof off in . . .and no residents to worry about disturbing!
Goun-sa Buddhist Temple is technically in Uisong-gun, but is much easier to reach from Andong-shi than Uisong. It is a beautiful and suprisingly large temple in (as usual) an idyllic setting. Several side temples contain old statuary or paintings, and the small community of monks that tends them is very friendly. Far fewer people visit this temple than Heinsa, Chogyesa, or Pulguksa, so it manages to stay peaceful and quiet. Still it's large and well preserved, making it a nice compromise between size/importance and restfullness.
The Byeongsan Sowon is usually neglected by tourists to Andong . . .poor thing is overshadowed by the more famous Dosan Sowon, but it's really the prettier of the two. Actually, I'd count it one of the most lovely collections of traditional buildings in Korea. It may lack the historical importance of the Dosan Sowan, but it's just downright prettier.
Just behind the train station is an unusual 5 storey brick pagoda in a little park. The site was a temple during the Unified Shilla period, but all that remains now is a stone flagpole stand and this unusual pagoda. Most pagodas in Korea are made of stone, not brick, and the few to be found are mostly in the Andong area. It only takes a few minutes to see, so take some time and wander down the first street to your left as you leave the train station. Go through the parking lot and you'll find a small but pleasant park space and the pagoda. There are two information plaques with Korean and English explanations.