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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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Hwaseong Fortress

Excellent day! The fortress sites are scattered throughout a small area so you can choose which parts to visit. Some have short hikes in order to reach them. The gate with the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed June 29, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent day! The fortress sites are scattered throughout a small area so you can choose which parts to visit. Some have short hikes in order to reach them. The gate with the waterfall/canal was beautiful. Definitely worth seeing if you have a day to spare. Bare in mind that it is quite far outside of the city cener.

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Zwettl Stadt, Austria
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

This is a complex object, consisting of a very long wall around the old town, a number of gates, fortifications, and a palace. Perhaps it is not worth to come here as a tourist, but when you are on a business trip this is pleasant weekend target.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

This fort is spread out throughout much of Suwon, and you can walk along the ancient walls for miles. In some areas there are lookouts, vendors, park-like areas where families are walking, flying kites, and picnicing.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2015

Took the bus from GangNam to the Korean Folk Village. Hung out there for some time exploring how Koreans lived back in the day and ate some yum food in the food area. After, we took another bus to the Fortress area. We walked and walked and walked the Fortress and took a billion pictures. It's a cool place to... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2015

We traveled to Suwon on a guided USO tour on Saturday and found the experience a great cultural event. The highlight was the martial arts demonstration at the 'Temporary' palace at 11:00 am. The fortress and palace were built in three years in the 1790s by the 23rd Emperor of the Jeoseon dynasty as a tribute to his father who... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

I would only recommend a visit if you have extra time to spare and have not ever visited an Asian fortress. The view was not particularly spectacular and the fortress not impressive. The fortress could be done one-way - there are multiple points of exit where you could leave to catch a bus or run across to a convenient store... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

It is not worth a trip just to see Hwaseong Fortress. After 1/2 hour what else do you do? Add the Korean Folk Village, where you will spent more than 80% of your time there.

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015

The best part of Korea is its people. The country is totally underwhelming for us the jaded travelers. Japanese destroyed almost everything historic and every heritage property and symbols during their brutal occupation. Then the Koreans followed the lead and kept on destroying until someone woke up and started protecting some of the things still semi-leftover. In the middle of... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2015 via mobile

Its a very good landscape. Bow and arrow experience was good. The place is not that big. But well maintained. Nice place to visit on a day trip. English guide available.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2015

One hour by train (line 1) from the centre of Seoul. Then 2 km walk from the railway station (or by taxi/bus). Very nice fortress and wall. We actually liked it more than some places in Seoul. The fortress itself requires no effort. The walk over the wall includes steep climb to the top. The path is however excellent and... More 

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Address: Address: Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Gyeonggi-do  >  Suwon

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