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Address: Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes
Description: Hwaseong Fortress in the town of Suwon is just a 30-minute train ride from...
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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A Must Day Trip From Seoul

This is a highly recommended day trip from Seoul, you can take the metro all the way there on a line, takes up to about an hour to get there. The fortress is huge and takes a... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015 NEW

This is a highly recommended day trip from Seoul, you can take the metro all the way there on a line, takes up to about an hour to get there. The fortress is huge and takes a whole day to walk the whole fortress but it worth it. At one point you can buy a combo ticket to see the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015 NEW via mobile

The fortress covers a big area and taking the Dragon tram/trolley will be a good time saver. To take the tram, you must walk up a slope for 10 mins. Find the tourist information centre near palalmun to ask for direction to the tram stop. We took a taxi from Suwon station and the taxi dropped us right outside Hwaseong... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2015

You may take the MRT to Suwon Metro Station on Line 1. You are advised to ask your hotel to print out a small map showing the location of the fortress town in Korean which is not far from the Suwon Station. Then emerging from this station, ask any Korean at the bus stand there which bus to take. The... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015 via mobile

A neat fortress built in the 1700's with an influence of European military tactics. The walls circle nearly 6km, so there is plenty of variety amongst the different gates.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015 via mobile

Impressive old long wall with curious military buildings. Quite different from European castles and city walls that are normally much larger and higherUK . The monument is considered a world heritage.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

On a chilly February afternoon, we took the Seoul Metro out to the busy Suwon station. We opted for a taxi (4000₩) to reach the Hwaseong Fortress and its defensive walls. I admire the reconstructive restorations that have been completed to portray this part of Korean history, but despite being designated a World Heritage Site, it simply just does not... More 

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Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I live in Suwon and went for the guided tour of the fortress. The tour lasted about 4 hours or half a day. There is a great deal of walking as you will visit various parts of the fortress scattered over the city of Suwon, so be sure to wear comfortable shoes. You can request for a rather informal guided... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2015

It's beatiful historical place in the city. Wall is 5km long with some a sections and we can see the old history at this place :) ... Suwon is nice city but Hwaseong Fortress ist the best monument in the city. You have to visit this place, if you wanna to feel a part of history :)

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

It was a Korean friend's suggestion to visit Suwon for an afternoon and it was really great. We went by bus from Seuol and the way there didn't take too long. The fortress is actually pretty long, it goes up a mountain and through some streets, but it you have the physical energy it is worth it pursuing it. From... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Took a day trip from Seoul by subway/metro to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon and liked the overall experience of the Fortress and the surroundings, not just the Fortress. The fortress is an easy 1-2 hour walk inside and around the perimeter. Perhaps I had been to quite a few castles and fortresses, and so I was expecting more as a... More 

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