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Reviewed June 29, 2018 via mobile

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 Sado, nearby. The story of Sado is very haunting as he was killed by order of his father who starved him in a rice casket. My friend explained the flags explain the directions - black for North (turtle), blue for East (dragon), red for South (phoenix) and white for West (tiger). It was a nice stroll and you get views of the city and also important buildings like the palace, training ground, pavilions etc. After lunch we went from the South to the West and that was the steepest bit of the climb - a bit challenging in the summer heat. A must-visit as you feel the sense of history. Allow for most of a day to walk the entire circuit of the fortress and visit the palace. Would love to return when next in Seoul.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 18, 2018 via mobile

Beautiful and well maintained. Have all kind of ammeneties for a family with small children. If you looking for a day to relax and enjoy. You must have a look

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Tanweer A
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

About an hour from Seoul, this is a good trip option. The fortress takes a good long walk to go around if you want to hit all the gates, and there are great spots for photos.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed June 12, 2018 via mobile

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 go with a guide or read up before going to appreciate the site more. After visiting this fortress, you should visit the ‘moving palace’ which is nearby.
Pls wear a hat/cap/ sunglasses and sunblock if you are visiting during this time of the year.

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank veronc24
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Reviewed May 30, 2018 via mobile

It was a hot day. Worth the visit but no shade to cover when is hot. Being witness a piece of history.

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank davidy980
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