Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon

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Hwaseong Fortress - UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site
Hwaseong Fortress is located in Suwon, Republic of Korea.  King Jeongjo (22nd King of the Joseon Dynasty) ordered construction to begin in January 1794 in order to honor and move the remains of his father, Crown Prince Jangheon (AKA Crown Prince Sado), from Yangju to Suwon.  Construction was completed in September 1796.  The short time in construction and the relative low price was attributed to Sihak (a new type of practical learning in the 18th Century).  During its construction, the Geojunggi (type of traditional Korean crane) was developed in order to transport the large stones.  The architecture combines Eastern and Western influence which sets it apart from other Korean buildings.
Paldalmun (South Main Gate) in the city of Suwon
  It consists of forty-eight facilities but seven facilities have not been restored due to destruction from Japanese colonial rule, WWII, and the Korean War. 

The pictures from the Paldalum up to the "Performances of 24 Martial Arts Demonstration" are arranged in a clockwise tour of the Fortress.  Hwaseong Haenggung and King Jeongjo's Bronze Statue are located in the central area of the fortress.  This was taken over two days (April 21st-22nd) due to the fact that I did not have a memory card for my camera and started a little late.  The walk around the fortress is almost 6 kilometers and it normally takes about 2 1/2 hours to walk. 

You can get to Hwaseong Fortress by taking the Blue Line/Line #1 and getting off at Suwon Station (stop P154).
West of Paldalmun and going up Mount Paldal
  From there you take the bus (#11, 13, 36, or 39) and it will drop you off at Paldalmun.  On the opposite side, the same bus lines will also take you back to Suwon Station.  Entry fee into Hwaseong Fortress is 1000 won (approximately $1) for adults, 700 won for youth, and 500 won for children.  Entry fee for Hwaseong Haenggung is 1500 won for adults, 1000 won for youth, and 700 won for children.  Groups of at least 30 get a reduced rate.  The fortress is open daily from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM but closed on Mondays.  There is a "Performance of 24 Martial Arts" show every morning at 11:00 AM.  The weekends has shows from the last weekend in March to November at 2:00 PM.  Saturdays feature a show composed of different genres centered on traditional performances that give Suwon's unique sights and activities.  Sundays feature the "Jang Yong Yeong (Royal Guards) Security Guards Ceremony". 

Official link:  http://ehs.suwon.ne.kr/asp/02/05.asp

NOTE:  On October 8th from 1000-1300 there is a re-enactment of King Jeongo's visit to his father's tomb.  The march covers some 8 kilometers and about 2000 marchers.  It is a reminder of "filial piety". 
d68soldier says:
Thanks for the comment about the photos. I agree, the views are definitely worth the little hike. Hopefully, you are able to visit again and take some pictures. I visited a couple of times.
Posted on: Apr 11, 2010
MICHAEL_HELGOTH says:
Amazing, I went there last weekend, and forgot my camera. These are beautiful photos. I now realize i stopped too soon. I made it to the bell, and went doewn the mt. to the main enterence. This place is beautiful, and the views are worth the hike up.
Posted on: Feb 28, 2010
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Paldalmun (South Main Gate) in the…
Paldalmun (South Main Gate) in th…
West of Paldalmun and going up Mou…
West of Paldalmun and going up Mo…
View of Paldalmun about 1/6 way up…
View of Paldalmun about 1/6 way u…
Hwayangnu (lookout and rest area)
Hwayangnu (lookout and rest area)
View of Suwon from Hwayangnu in th…
View of Suwon from Hwayangnu in t…
Bell of Filial Piety atop Mount Pa…
Bell of Filial Piety atop Mount P…
Northeastern View from Seonodae (c…
Northeastern View from Seonodae (…
View of Hwaseomun (West Main Gate)…
View of Hwaseomun (West Main Gate…
Exterior View of Hwaseomun (West M…
Exterior View of Hwaseomun (West …
Western view of reconstruction of …
Western view of reconstruction of…
Southwestern view of reconstructio…
Southwestern view of reconstructi…
Hwanhongmun (Floodgate of Suwon St…
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Bukammun (Hidden Ammunition storag…
Bukammun (Hidden Ammunition stora…
Exterior view of a lookout/rest ar…
Exterior view of a lookout/rest a…
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Exterior view as seen from outsid…
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Taken outside the fortress by the…
A little Yellow Dust from the Go…
A little "Yellow Dust" from the G…
Dongjangdae (Eastern Command Cente…
Dongjangdae (Eastern Command Cent…
at Dongjandae
at Dongjandae
Dongbuk Gongsimdon (lookout) resem…
Dongbuk Gongsimdon (lookout) rese…
At the base of Dongbuk Gongsimdon …
At the base of Dongbuk Gongsimdon…
Changnyongmun (East Main Gate)
Changnyongmun (East Main Gate)
Main Entrance to Hwaseong Haenggung
Main Entrance to Hwaseong Haenggung
Performance of 24 Martial Arts Dem…
Performance of 24 Martial Arts De…
Commencement of Jang Yong Yeong (R…
Commencement of Jang Yong Yeong (…
Arrival of King Jeongjo
Arrival of King Jeongjo
King Jeongjos Bronze Statue
King Jeongjo's Bronze Statue
Suwon
photo by: Morle