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Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Suwon as a day trip from Seoul. The train from Seoul station to Suwon is only 30 minutes. Then we got a taxi to Paldalmun, the southern gate of the wall. We walked the wall starting at Paldalmun & going clockwise, so we did the uphill bit through the trees first, getting the hard part out of the way at the start. It took us 2.5 hours to walk the full length, walking moderately quickly with lots of short stops for photos & to look at the sights. We loved the Suwon city wall & would recommend it as a day trip to anyone visiting Seoul. It would be easy to walk a shorter section of the wall, or to only walk the flat, eastern section, for anyone who doesn't have the time or energy for the full walk.

Thank Sarah53187
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A very nice place to visit. Easily 2-3 hours. As we have 5 person in total, so we take bus. Although is cheap but very tough as our first time taking bus in Seoul. We under estimate the walking path and really really tired for a long long walk.

Thank waihong
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Take the train to Suwon and explore the remains of the fort walls. At night it is illuminated and provides even nicer views.

Thank Fritz O
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a stunning place to visit. I was actually there on a holiday Sunday and the place was a hive of activity. The walk up to the walled fortress was a nice climb up many steps, once on the top there was a beautiful view of Suwon and the wall itself. I didn't walk the whole circular route but dud most of it. It was a great day out. I ate food at the festival area. Was a great day out. Highly recommended.

Thank Gow
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Located at least an hour drive from Seoul, the Hwaesong offers a massively long city wall, a Palace for a Korean King and a beautiful surrounding cityscape. Read on for details.

A wildly popular destination, for locals as well as tourists as we were hugely outnumbered by school tour groups, the Hwaesong Fortress includes a 3+ mile city wall. Walking the wall allows you to see its unique design features as you overlook a varying cityscape and surrounding parks. The interior of the fortress includes a palace with many rooms accessible for viewing, arranged with furniture and attired mannequins in diorama fashion.

If you are not going with an informative guide, bring some informative literature as the descriptors by the various aspects of the fortress are minimally informative.

Thank doctorbobster
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a very attractive fortress and worth walking along the whole way if you have the time and energy. Bring plenty of water if you do this. When you enter, you are given a sticker to show you paid. Don't lose the sticker-it allows you to enter and exit the place the whole day. It is not as peaceful or attractive as the Gongju fortress due to the surrounding buildings but it is still impressive. The fortress walls are high and strong and the gates are powerful. After hiking the fortress, I recommend exploring the surrounding neighborhood as well which is also enjoyable.

Thank Calvin C
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

This fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage which has nearly 6 Km. length surround the center of Suwon city (the capital city of Gyeonggi Province.) There are 4 main gates that face to the 4 main directions. It's good to walk around the fortress and going up to the peak of the Paldal mountain to see the whole city of Suwon. If you don't want to walk, you can ride the 'Suwon Hwaseong Tourist Tramp'. (It takes around 30-45 mins per 1 round.)

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Reviewed October 12, 2018 via mobile

There is big place. You must take 2-3hrs. for walk around there. I recommend you walk all places and read history.

Thank benzwinwin
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Reviewed October 9, 2018 via mobile

Hwaseong Fortress is a wall around the city if Suwon. It is about 5.5 km long and has interesting views of the city while you walk the old city wall. It also provides interesting pieces of information about the fortress and the structures that make the wall. Definitely worth a visit if you are in Suwon.

The Palace is a beautiful peak into what life looked like for the elite in South Korea in the 18th Century. It is open only until 5:00 pm and costs about 2USD to visit.

The fortress and the palace are very close from the suwon station/ak plaza. Taxi would cost about 5USD. Its approx 2 mile walk from Suwon station if you prefer to walk.

Thank Indrani S
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

An interesting visit not too far from Seoul, it’s located in Suwon. It’s like a mini Great Wall and it’s a great walk on a sunny morning. The fortress is about 5.7km in length with nice view of Suwon and it’s surrounding. Take their tour bus (with a chargeable fee) if you do not want to walk as the route will be the same around the fortress as well.

Thank Wan S
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