Bongdon and Namsumun

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Bongdon and Namsumun - View from eastern stretch of the wall, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
Bongdon and Namsumun - View from Southern Floodgate, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
Bongdon and Namsumun - View from Southern Floodgate, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
Bongdon and Namsumun - Southern Floodgate, Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon
Bongdon and Namsumun - Bongdon (Beacon Fortress), Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon

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Hwaseong Fortress: (8) Bongdon and Namsumun Sep 13, 2015
Five chimneys are used to communicate with other military posts through fire and smoke signals. Normally, only the southernmost of it was lit during peacetime. The rest was only used during an immediate threat: Two under appearance of an enemy, three when the enemy has crossed the border, four when they cross the border and all five when an attack is taking place. It is said to be the only of its kind build into the walls of a city in Korea. This structure is known as Bongdon, the “beacon fortress”.

After Bongdon, there comes another sentry post and then the Southern Floodgate (Namsumun). Similar to its northern counterpart, it controls the flow of the water and prevented enemies to enter over the river. The southern gate however was swept away by floods or enemies (Japanese Occupation, Korean War) several times. The last reconstruction dates from 2012. Namsumun is the last major point of interest before the 400 metre gap in the wall begins. If you started your clockwide

As it is part of Hwaseong Fortress, you may have to pay an entry fee (1000 won as of 2015) to get access to Bongdon which is on wall level. Access to the wall is possible from several points, tickets available from the ticket booths and a couple of points within the city centre. Please check my tip about Hwaseong Fortress for more details on that.
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