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Hwaseong Fortress

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Address: 11, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 2-3 hours
Fee: Yes

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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Very beautiful fortress, mist definitely worth a visit. You must pay 1,000 won to enter the grounds and walk along the fortress, but can pay 3,500 to enter the various areas like... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 4 days ago
Daejeon, South Korea

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Daejeon, South Korea
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Very beautiful fortress, mist definitely worth a visit. You must pay 1,000 won to enter the grounds and walk along the fortress, but can pay 3,500 to enter the various areas like the palace too, which I would recommend. There are also cultural staff walking around the grounds, and very happy to give you a tour and talk to you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A must-do in Suwon, that is only one-hour away by subway from Seoul. It is a two-hour wlak along the fortress. I really enjoyed the tour

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Family of three was there just after Christmas 2015. Wonderful place I would say and is very good to have such fantastic place still nested in a developed city. Had lunch in one of the restaurant in the food street before completing a walk round the fortress. As it was winter, weather was perfect for the walk. Also strolled through... More 

Thank PhilipT89
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I went here during the summer. Hwaseong fortess was beautiful. There weren't a lot of people, and I didn't spend a dime. Apparently they charge people, but on the day I went everything was free! I walked around the fortress by myself, taking pictures and listening to music. It was wonderful having that time to myself while looking at nature.... More 

Thank Surhi P
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Palace was about 1,500 to get in. It only took about 10 minutes for people who have seen other palaces. It's not the biggest. However, the wall paths was well maintained and relatively easy to walk on. One or two parts are rather steep. But at about 5.6km, it's easy to wall the whole path if you have the time.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016

The greatest thing about this gem of an attraction is that it was not filled with tourists. It was probably because we went on a weekday morning, but I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to this peaceful part of the city. The climb up to the top of the fortress was not too challenging, and the view from the top was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2016 via mobile

Enjoy walking along the fortress. You can choose some part of the fortress. The north gate is nice and peacefull. Take 30 mins to walk from the gate to the pavillion and see some shop. Tpilet is not far from this.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2015

A nice 2-3 hours stroll on the old wall of Hwaseong fortress will take you through many gates and buildings that are well preserved. And don't forget to visit the palace in the middle of the fortress.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2015

The fortress is large. Be prepared for a bit of a walk. We initially saw the palace, looked around the well preserved wooden structures. Then we climbed to the ridge where the wall runs, first seeing a guard tower. There we had a magnificent view of Seoul. Walking along the wall, we passed by various sites. It was a fun... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015

We took the Mugunghwa Train from Seoul Station to Suwon Station - about half hour at KRW4000+ per person. We then went to the Tourism office (take exit 4 and the office entrance is just across the exit) and the staff said it was half hour's walk to the fortress. It being a beautiful late morning, we decided to walk.... More 

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