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Hwaseong Fortress in the town of Suwon is just a 30-minute train ride from Seoul. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Korea’s most important historical treasures and is the only remaining walled fortress in the country.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
910, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 16253, South Korea
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This was one of the highlights of our stay in Suwon, after all how many cities today have an old wall round them. I think it was about a 5 km walk but there are many places to stop including 5 gates, pavilions, the old...More
We took a day trip out from Seoul to northern region of suwon city. Also known as the fortress city as its city surrounded by fortified wall all around it.
Travelled by train from Seoul station it like taking a train out from London to...More
I was tight on schedule and only got to see the outskirts of this fortress but I would definitely like to return and take my time touring around. Just at looking from the outside, it seems they have been maintaining the fortress well so I'm...More
From Seoul, the city of Suwon was ideally located for a day trip as there was plenty to occupy our time, but the main reason for our visit was to hike along the old Hwanseong fortress walls. Suwon is easily reached by public transport, we...More
My seventeen year old and I decided to take the subway from Seoul to see this city on our 4th and last day in Seoul. It was underwelming and not worth the hour trip. It's a bit neglected and if you've been to any of...More
Much of Hwaseong has been rebuilt but you get a sense of how impressive the fortress was in its day. We started at the North gate and went clockwise. The fortress was built by King Jeongjo who had moved the remains of his father, Prince...More
This fortress was built by the 22nd king of joesan dynasty and parts of it were destroyed during the japanese invasion and korean war. It was restored and now one of the unesco world heritage city.
The fortress is magnificent and picture worthy. Best to...More
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While you could walk to the fortress, I find it better to take a bus to avoid losing my way in the heat or freezing weather, depending on the season you are in. Save energies to walk and explore the interesting markets and... More
While you could walk to the fortress, I find it better to take a bus to avoid losing my way in the heat or freezing weather, depending on the season you are in. Save energies to walk and explore the interesting markets and exterior surroundings of the fortress too. It is very easy to take a bus from subway station to the fortress and vice versa - the bus stop is just 50m or less from the tourist promotion board right after you stepped out from the subway station, and on the same side of the road as the tourist promotion board. Short ride and you will notice the prominent gate to alight. However, on return trip, you may not exit from where you enter into the fortress. So, you can either circle back to where you enter, which will be a long walk, or simply take a return bus on the same side of the fortress. There will be bus time tables pasted on the bus stop to ensure you are on the right side of the road for return leg, at least that's what I saw on my return leg. :) If in doubt, ask at the booths located at edges of the fortress. Do remember the bus station landmarks where you board to travel from the subway station to the fortress, because the return leg is a loop through other roads, and does not pass through the same roads. So, remembering the landmarks around your "first bus stop" where you board is important. Hope this helps.