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Hwaseong Fortress

Address: Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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Ranked #1 of 37 things to do in Suwon
Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: Yes
Owner description: Hwaseong Fortress in the town of Suwon is just a 30-minute train ride...
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Type: Landmarks & points of interest, Sights & Landmarks
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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Hong Kong, China
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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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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Trnava, Slovakia
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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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Rio de Janeiro, RJ
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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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Singapore
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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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Singapore, Singapore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

We took a 50mins slow walk along the fortress instead of a more direct route of 15mins walk to the Paldamum market. The scenery and the fortress is beautiful. We went around 2.30pm. there wasn't a lot of people. We took our time to enjoy the serenity and the scenery.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Located in Suwon, Hwaseong Fortress is rich in history and significance. The climb up is totally worth it (easy if you're fit and a good work out if you're not so fit) as it leads you to a panoramic view of Suwon city.

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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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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
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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