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Hwaseong Fortress

Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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Ranked #1 of 25 Attractions in Suwon
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: Hwaseong Fortress in the town of Suwon is just a 30-minute train ride from Seoul. This UNESCO World...
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Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Cultural
Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Owner description: 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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Campinas, SP
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2014

It was amazing. It was a huge fortress built many years ago. A long walk to know everything but it is worth.

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Taipei, Taiwan
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

This is the first time I visit this place and I like it more than the castle in Seoul. There is a small train to take and you could look all around the castle. There are also some activities and show to attend. I will come back again.

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London, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2014 via mobile

Beautiful walk around the fortress walls at Suwon. The walls are over 5km long and have some very steep sections, but if you can cope with the steps you get a wonderful view over the city. Easily accessible from seoul by train or metro, you can walk to the fort in about 30 mins, or take a bus. If you... More 

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2014

Given the UNESCO Heritage site status, we knew we had to visit the Hwaseong Fortress at Suwon. We took the 35 minute regional express train to Suwon (KRW2,700 with a reserved seat and comfortable leg room) as compared to the subway (at least an hour's ride). Just outside the Suwon station, we got our maps and directions from a friendly... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

I was looking for a trip for a day outside Seoul and this was perfect. It's scattered all over Suwon town so it makes for a lot of walking/exploring. Make sure you have a map to show the location of all the spots, they're not all in one place.

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2014

The fortress is located in Suwon. It took us about 1h from Seoul by metro. It has a great view over the city. It's interesting the mix of architectures: ancient and modern. The fortress is nice. There are several gates and towers along the wall.

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Manila, Philippines
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 25, 2014

I would take the City tour bus for easy access to the fortress. I just hope they skip the toilet tour, such a waste of time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2014

Its an interesting city with the historic fortress surrounding the modern city. I will recommend that you take a korail rain (2,700 won) to Suwon (Go to the website to check out the train timing: www.letskorail.com/ebizbf/EbizBfIndex_eng.do) and thereafter take bus 11 or 13 or 36 or 39 (left side of the exit of the station) to Paldalmun (or when you... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Hwaseong Fortress is the wall surrounding the old city center of Suwon, about 1 hour from Seoul by train or bus. I was orginally built at the end of the 18th centuryand it has been well restored (rebuilt?) in recent years. It is a UNESCO site and well worth a trip if you are in Seoul. The entire length is... More 

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Gurgaon, India
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

The fortress covers a large area, so just be ready to walk and climb up and down the stairs a lot. But once, you reach the top, it's a beautiful view. It gives a complete view of the Suwon city which is really enjoyable.

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