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Reviewed 13 April 2013

A must visit. If you're staying in Seoul and want to go where not a lot of tourists go to, this is the place. It is worth the trip. It's historical and architecturally beautiful. The long walk around the fortress is a lot of work but it's okay because there is a lot to see outside the fortress. Was walking around the fortress around sunset and the setting sun was just so beautiful and relaxing to see.

Date of experience: September 2012
Thank heyanny
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Reviewed 25 March 2013 via mobile

Hwaseong Fortress is one of unique historical facilities in Suwon City.
Actually it's not so majestic and splendid but worthy of a visit to feel historical mood of Korean old fortress. And this site is very good for a walk because of it's beautiful scenery.

Thank FineLeeJY
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Reviewed 24 March 2013

Went to Suwon in the afternoon to see this huge fortress. When I say huge, I mean gigantic huge. It will take hours to walk around this fortress, and you might still not get to see everything. It was really cold on the day I went there, but the breeze helped a bit to make the walk easier. The fortress was primarily built to protect the palace, which you can also visit during the day. Walking around it allows you to marvel at the engineering ability of the old dynasty. Some of their designs seem to be far more modern than their time. If you're not up for walking that five miles, you can take the dragon train that covers the main sights of the fortress for 30 minutes. It saves you the walking time, but it does hinder you from exploring parts of the fortress. Learning the history of the place allows you to appreciate the existence of this fortress. This is also probably why this was named a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is worth seeing and exploring.

Date of experience: March 2013
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Reviewed 3 March 2013

Went for a quick afternoon trip in November, and the mood was a bit dampened by heavy rain ... the climb up the stairs was pretty tough (I don't hike much, obviously) but it was really interesting seeing all the defensive measures. The visit was enhanced by having seen a documentary on the fortress prior to visiting.

Date of experience: November 2012
1  Thank clbjreynolds
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Reviewed 6 February 2013

Even though most of the fortress was rebuilt after being destroyed during the Korean War, they did an excellent job faithfully reconstructing it according to the original plans from the Joseon dynasty. Yes, there are fortressess bigger and more elaborate scattered all over the far east. However, the reason this fortress came to be in existence is quite interesting. Its construction was ordered by King Jeongjo not only for strategic purposes, but also so he could have a palace closer to his father's tomb, where the king made numerous pilgrimages each year. This king is remembered to this day for his devotion to his father. That is why the city of Suwon has a nickname of Hyowon, roughly translated, the city of honoring/devotion to parents. The design and construction were supervised by Jung Yak Yong, one of the greatest scientific minds in the country's history. He introduced many new devices such as cranes that used multiple pulleys to significantly increase efficiency, etc. It's a nice stroll to walk around the fortress, about 3.5 miles long.

Date of experience: March 2012
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