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Festival at the Fortess main gate

South Korea and Seoul have a brilliant transport system.  The metro is vast and we were impressed with the train we caught from Jeongdonyin back to Seoul - efficient, clean, cheap and uncrowded.

Suwon is really just a suburb of Seoul so is easy to reach by train or Metro.  Train is probably faster but the Metro is easier so we catch this and find it takes about an hour.

Suwon fortress is a UNESCO heritage site (there are few in Korea) and has the distinction of having a defensive wall which you can walk around.  The whole way round is about 6km so at a gentle pace it takes us about 3 hours.  Today there seems to be a festival on (unless they have events on every weekend) so there are plenty of men dressed in traditional brightly coloured costumes in the town centre and the streets are closed to traffic.

Fortress walls
  We never do find out exactly what is happening but just watching the displays and crowds is fun enough.  We stop to watch the archery lesson/competition.  Korea is a competitive country and some parents have enroled their young childern to learn.  One girl is almost smaller than her bow.

Back in Seoul for dinner we finally find a good restaurant.  The strip just south of where we are staying is very lively and has a few Korean barbeque restaurants.  Here you order and then grill your own meat.  Very good - if you like meat that is!

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Festival at the Fortess main gate
Festival at the Fortess main gate
Fortress walls
Fortress walls
Team practising for their display
Team practising for their display
Fortress wall and church
Fortress wall and church
Festival flags
Festival flags
Archery lessons
Archery lessons
Suwon
photo by: Morle