Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

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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. Make Hwaseong Fortress part of your personalized Suwon itinerary using our Suwon vacation planner.
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  • August 16, 2017
    I visited Hwaseong Fortress two times, once it October and once in January. In October it was so beautiful and you could see so many flowers. In January it was good but cold....just a bit ....... it w...  more »
  • August 14, 2017
    Seoul's Castle way, don't steep slope than effortlessly able to walk were more attractive than what's inside the Castle and wide sweeping their well preserved so that you can see the scenery, too.
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  • August 12, 2017
    At Suwon... make the turn of the ramparts (between 2-3 hours depending on your level). We started out the door with the Creek... which helped heat us before the ascension of the more difficult parts. Even if the wall has been restored it remains a superb ride with stunning views of the city and facilities with pines that allow s out of the city. A lot of explanations in English on each point. Note the presence of toilets and d South door a bar (in full more than useful heat wave). In August the evening the walls are illuminated and concerts are held near the North door... worth it to spend a night at Suwon... hotels being better price in Seoul (even on weekends)
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The accommodations in Suwon tend to lie in clusters throughout the city. Conveniently located for onward travel, one such group sits by the main train station, and includes basic hotels and luxury chains with commanding views of the downtown area. Look to the east of Highway 1 for another wide range of lodging choices, where the gridded streets pack in newer hotels and budget-friendly guesthouses, all close to the main urban sights and pleasant public parks.
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