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“Worth the hike!”
Review of Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Half-Day Small-Group Tour...
Ranked #1 of 61 things to do in Suwon
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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.
Reviewed August 13, 2018

Pros:
- day trip from Seoul (roughly 1 hr local train ride per way)
- scenic walk (forest and city) either on top of the wall or beside it

Cons:
- requires a bit of an uphill walk for the walls on top of the mountain
- requires 4 hrs to walk the entire wall circumference

2  Thank gibot143
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Reviewed July 18, 2018

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 bell and several statues. If you start from the information shack at the bottom of the hill you will have to climb a few hundred steps to begin with but after that it is not so difficult.

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Reviewed July 14, 2018 via mobile

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 Bath to see the Romans bath ruins. Suwon main station is large and extensive. Our first stop was the visitors info centre to get all info needed in local transport and to help us fine tune our day trip itinerary. Got the maps, bus numbers to take and we set off!

The weather was hot (summer) but we were in right gear of shots and tees. Here we go. It was a 8km route March all along the fortress wall. It’s on high ground and we can see the entire city built up within. Different sections of the wall had different Color flags to mark the group the soldiers guarding it. It was a good form of exercise too. Take a look at the pics posted for sense of the place and views. Suwon is worth a day trip. Back to the town centre there are the usual mom and pop stores and markers to browse and shop. We ate at a popular deep fried chicken restaurant to reward our selves after the route march!

1  Thank 9357MarkY
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Reviewed July 11, 2018

it was Wonderfull to visit this place the moment of sunset. all around the place was so calm and quiet. nice atmosphere and good spot for tourist.

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Reviewed July 10, 2018

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 curious as to what is inside too.

1  Thank eugenia27
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