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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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Nice one day Trip

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.

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 12, 2015
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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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Suwon, South Korea
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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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Pyeongtaek, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

My husband and I spent an entire day there, walking around the fortress. It was beautiful and very relaxing. We did the archery and rang the big bell, both very reasonably priced. The lady that instructed for the archery was very nice and informative. She also gave instructions in both Korean and English. There was also a dragon trolley you... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

Let me start by saying if you are physically challenged or older and not good at climbing you may want to make alternate plans....I am 29 years old and in amazing shape (not trying to toot my own horn, but I run a mile in about 5:30) and muscularly I was incredibly sore after spending the day here climbing the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

I was able to see a bit of the Korean history and Hwaseong Fortress for a couple of hours only. I would love to go back and spend a good part of the day however. There is a combined ticket that lets you get into various attractions and I suggest getting that. One could walk for miles along the fortress... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We travelled from central Seoul to Suwon by train and bus and it took us almost 2 hours to get to the fortress. There's a trolley that takes you around the area. But we decided to go around first by foot so we can have more time to take photos and enjoy the beautiful flowers. There are benches everywhere, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

The wall is amazing and long. You could do a lot of walking here if you wanted too. We went when the cherry blossoms were in bloom. Very pretty time of year. Take a kite and fly on the grounds. It's very breezy here. Try some archery for a small fee. The guides will tell you exactly how to handle... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

Impressive stone walls but a bit dull. there is a little tram that takes you around a section of the wall, worth taking. But the attraction is not thrilling and not worth a special trip from Seoul. The cultural Village nearby is fun; add that to the day trip and it will be a better plan.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

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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