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Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

Must see · World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Landmark
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Listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Hwaseong Fortress embodies the economic and militaristic power of the Joseon Dynasty at the end of the 18th century. Stretching for 5.52 km (3.43 mi), the partly restored fortress houses many different military facilities, along with the king's palace. Notice the holes in the walls which allowed easy gun/arrow fire and spear-attacking during the siege. As you explore along the long solid wall, observe the structures that surround it, like floodgates, watchtowers, wooden pavilions, and the beacon tower. You can attend a variety of performances here, as well as annual festivals, to fully experience the fort's history and tradition. For Hwaseong Fortress and beyond, use our Suwon driving holiday planner to get the most from your Suwon vacation.
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  • Absolutely incredible - the forts themselves are amazing. And the views from the top are worth it as well. Steep getting to the top so be a ready for a hike up some steps. 
    Absolutely incredible - the forts themselves are amazing. And the views from the top are worth it as well. Steep getting to the top so be a ready for a hike up some steps.  more »
  • It’s not so far away from Seoul, so it’s a trip you can do in a day. As I told previously, Korea is a country that is still little-known in the Western world, and many people here don’t know what the....  more
    It’s not so far away from Seoul, so it’s a trip you can do in a day. As I told previously, Korea is a country that is still little-known in the Western world, and many people here don’t know what the....  more »
  • great place for good shots if u r a photographer and love to take special shots of old exotic buildings 
    great place for good shots if u r a photographer and love to take special shots of old exotic buildings  more »
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  • A really great time exploring the fortress wall. I highly recommend hiking to the top of the archer tower for an amazing view of the city and a chance to ring the massive bell 3 timed for W1000.I really want to come back to explore the rest of the fort.
  • This is a MUST VISIT place if you ever come to Suwon! The fortress is free to visit and you can go up the defense wall and also see the city views from the above! There is also a beautiful pond that is popular for picnics and especially in summer it was super beautiful as everything was green and reflecting in the water! I am sure it is just as beautiful at other seasons as well!
  • People who love to explore old traditional and cultural places will surely love this place
  • Hwaseong fortress is a beautiful place to walk around!! The views are great and you get to learn a little about history. Some parts of the fortress are quite the hike so wear comfortable shoes~
  • Great place to wander! Took a long walk here, going places and people, discovered great sceneries. Lovely!

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