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Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

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Must see · World heritage site · Historic Walking Area · Landmark
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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  • Absolutely incredible - the forts themselves are amazing. And the views from the top are worth it as well. Steep getting to the top so be a ready for a hike up some steps.  more »
  • It’s not so far away from Seoul, so it’s a trip you can do in a day. As I told previously, Korea is a country that is still little-known in the Western world, and many people here don’t know what the....  more »
  • An impressive UNESCO site in South Korea. The fortress walls can be hiked around but be aware there some very steep sections to traverse. It's always awesome to see schedule historical places in person that had such an influence on a country's culture. The fortress walls and area are free to walk, if you wish to tour the actual fortress area there is 1,500 won fee, extremely cheap by any standards. Unfortunately, there is only one section of the original fortress still standing; one can guess what war does to a country, it's infrastructure, and history. If you're ever in Suwon, I recommend seeing this inspiring bit of history. Plan to spend at least a whole day here. Afterwards, there are many places to eat and a great deal of shops to walk around and check out.
  • This fortress will impress ... any sightseer. It is an UNESCO world heritage site and for good reason, this was an absolute gem! It was a great way to spend a day or a few. You can hike the wall and then take a break and tuck into a local establishment for a bite to eat. It is fun for all ages. I will let my photos do the rest of the talking.

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