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Hwaseong HaengGung, Suwon

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Built on the slope of a hill within the walls of a fortress, Hwaseong HaengGung served as the king’s out-of-town residence during times of war and occasions when he visited his father’s tomb. The 18th-century palace, which was severely damaged during the Japanese colonial period, was restored based on information from detailed court records and opened to public in 2003. When it was not occupied by the king, the governor used the palace as his office. Start your tour with a visit to the exhibition hall and 3D theater outside the front entrance, then see how the area looked in the past at the square in front of the palace. If you’re visiting between March and November, you can catch a changing of the guard ceremony and a demonstration of martial arts. Look for the sacred tree at the entrance, pick up a piece of paper and a pen lying next to it, write down your wish, and tie it to the tree. Use our Suwon trip itinerary builder to visit Hwaseong HaengGung on your trip to Suwon, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • The Hwaseong fortress and HaengGung could be not so much impressive if you are not aware of the story behind the the construction of this late 17th century buildings. King Jeongjo and his father's sad...  more »
  • If you have enjoyed the palaces of Seoul you may be a little disappointed as it is less of the same. That said it is well kept and beautifully restored with small information boards and costumed figur...  more »
  • Children and watching freshly in the Festival Palace, switching rows of Mars. Tal-y-dancing and traditional music, dance, etc, linking the Korean culture and learn about the debt a good opportunity, the imperial court experience for greater switching, and walking is also good AW.
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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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