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Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

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#1 of 59 in Historic Sites in Gyeonggi-do
Must see · World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Landmark
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Listed as a World Cultural Heritage Site, Hwaseong Fortress embodies the economic and militaristic power of the Joseon Dynasty at the end of the 18th century. Stretching for 5.52 km (3.43 mi), the partly restored fortress houses many different military facilities, along with the king's palace. Notice the holes in the walls which allowed easy gun/arrow fire and spear-attacking during the siege. As you explore along the long solid wall, observe the structures that surround it, like floodgates, watchtowers, wooden pavilions, and the beacon tower. You can attend a variety of performances here, as well as annual festivals, to fully experience the fort's history and tradition. For Hwaseong Fortress and beyond, use our Suwon driving holiday planner to get the most from your Suwon vacation.
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  • This is the perfect destination to explore Korean history without the crowd in Seoul's major palaces. Hwaseong is a well-maintained walled city close to the capital. A pleasant, largely flat trail... 
    This is the perfect destination to explore Korean history without the crowd in Seoul's major palaces. Hwaseong is a well-maintained walled city close to the capital. A pleasant, largely flat trail...  more »
  • November is a great time to visit here with all the colorful leaves and nice weather. Very scenic everywhere and you can take your time walking, no need to pay for a tour (in my opinion). It’s even.....  more
    November is a great time to visit here with all the colorful leaves and nice weather. Very scenic everywhere and you can take your time walking, no need to pay for a tour (in my opinion). It’s even.....  more »
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  • This is a MUST VISIT place if you ever come to Suwon! The fortress is free to visit and you can go up the defense wall and also see the city views from the above! There is also a beautiful pond that is popular for picnics and especially in summer it was super beautiful as everything was green and reflecting in the water! I am sure it is just as beautiful at other seasons as well!
  • Beautiful site, rich with Korean culture and history. You can literally walk right along the walls inside the fortress. Admissions are so cheap… less than $1. I highly recommend visiting, especially if you’re in the area.

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