Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon: Address, Hwaseong Fortress Reviews: 4.5/5

Hwaseong Fortress
4.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks • Historic Walking Areas
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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.
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Aisling F
Calne, UK283 contributions
Fantastic
Aug 2021 • Friends
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.
Written 27 August 2021
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Vicky Silve
Abbadia Lariana, Italy323 contributions
A hidden Korean gem
May 2021
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 “Land of the Quiet Morning” has to offer. This fortress will capture your heart with the force and the power it transmits, and obviously with its well-cured details.
Written 29 June 2021
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Shahab
Oslo, Norway9 contributions
great place for good shots
Apr 2021
great place for good shots if u r a photographer and love to take special shots of old exotic buildings
Written 9 June 2021
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Chris Ruggaluffagus
Yorktown, VA268 contributions
Fantastic, must do when visiting S. Korea
Apr 2021 • Friends
This place is a great stop and definitely in my top 15 things to see in South Korea. The fortress, gates, bastions, command posts, etc are amazing and picturesque. So many great opportunities to get cool and beautiful pictures. Lots of food and markets located on the south end of the fortress are an ideal place to stop for lunch or dinner.

Small entry fee gives you access to the entirety of the fortress. Parking near Yeonmundae Information Center allows you access to tourist trolley. Parking is 2000₩ for 3 hours.

If you have time, plan your trip later in the day to see the fortress in day light and at night. Beautiful beautiful beautiful. Good luck and have fun.
Written 2 May 2021
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khonsu
Achill Island, Ireland46 contributions
Old and new
Jul 2020 • Solo
Yuppies' penthouses visible from vantage point of this sprawling fort. Interestingly maintained old fort.
Written 2 August 2020
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Kat
Seoul, South Korea2,117 contributions
Views for days
May 2020 • Friends
I visited Hwaseong Fortress at the beginning of May. I took a red bus from Seoul for a one day trip and had a good time strolling through tiny streets surrounding Hwaseong, little alleys full of cafes and then onto Hwaseong. I had originally planned to hop on the Hwaseong trolly and take it around but due to Corona, that was not possible. So I walked and hiked around for a few hours. I stayed past sunset to experience it and see the city of Suwon from atop of Hwaseong. It was a great experience and would recommend visiting Hwaseong when you have a chance. Some parts are wheelchair accessible. I had really good galbi for dinner right outside of the fortress. To see more photos from Hwaseong or the restaurant, feel free to check out my instagram where I post daily @katfuz
Written 16 May 2020
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Vivian
Dubai, United Arab Emirates3 contributions
Side Trip in S. Korea
Oct 2019
If you have ample time in South Korea, Hwaseong Fortress is the best side trip to add. Its far from Seoul but manageable and worth it. It is a large area in located in the center of Suwon. Aside from the historical trip within the fortress, have a nice stroll/walk in the market to experience the simple daily life of people in Korea living outside the main city (Seoul). A nice experience indeed!
Written 12 February 2020
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Jake Aller
Alexandria, VA20 contributions
must visit site
Oct 2019
beautifully restored palace and fortress dating back to the 16th century. The Japanese left if in a mess but starting about 1990 the Korean government spend a fortune fixing it up. the fortress, palace, museum and grounds are a short taxi ride or bus ride from the KTX station or subway line from Seoul. Coming from Seoul the KTX or the express train is the way to go takes 15 minutes as opposed to one hour via crowded regular subway line. there is a traditional market as part of the complex with lots of things to see and places to eat. Suwon's chicken street is near by as are lots of suwon Kalbi joints. Suwon is famous for both now a days.
Written 27 January 2020
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Sean K
Warner Robins, GA53 contributions
Nice Stroll around the Fortress
Jan 2020 • Friends
Great to walk the walls on a nice day. Lovely parks to hang out and and do small activities. Such activities include archery. For only 2,000 won you can shoot 10 arrows. Good for the whole family. You can also picnic or fly kites in the park there. The grounds are free to roam around at no additional costs. You can also picnic or enjoy the coffee shops in the area.
Written 8 January 2020
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Prachetash Ghosh
6 contributions
Fort visit
Jan 2019 • Couples
The surroundings are beautiful, although the fort is not extraordinary. But, still recommended for hanging out.
Written 10 December 2019
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