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“Nice place when in Suwon, but with backdraws”
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Hwaseong Fortress
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Half-Day Small-Group Tour from Seoul
Ranked #1 of 51 things to do in Suwon
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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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“Nice place when in Suwon, but with backdraws”
Reviewed September 17, 2012

Great place with "nice" integration in to the city life. At some places quite and well restored. On other places it definetely does not look like a world heritage site (more like town center with shops and all backfdraws) Easy to reach by public transportation as it is in the center of Suwon.It is recommended to take the time to walk around (at least half ) = 2-3 hours :-)

Visited September 2012
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“Excellent metting with korean past!”
Reviewed September 3, 2012

With Suwon city tour we had the opportunity to see the Hwanseong Fortress and its museum. As a human heritage declared for the U N, this place remember the ancient custom of korean people. This location offers to the tourists excellents views and spots to take incredibly photos.

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“Huge fortress, very well maintained”
Reviewed August 30, 2012

This fortress is amazing and impressive in size. Especially the long high wall, about half of which is in the hills. Bring your walking/hiking shoes though since there is a lot of walking involved. It took us the whole day to visit it and to see the streets around Suwon metro station. There is a tourist information office to the left of Suwon station and they can tell you which bus to take if you don't want to walk all the way to the fortress. They also have maps. The walk to the fortress is also very nice, we walked via a busy shopping street that starts opposite the station to the start of the wall near Paldalmun, then up the steep stairs/wall to Namporu/Seonamammun. From there we followed the wall and enojoyed the views and the varied architecture. Depending on which route you take it can be steep though.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice thing to do if in the area”
Reviewed August 21, 2012

If you've been to palaces in Seoul, then this will not be very impressive for you. The scenery around is pretty though and I bet it is a nice place to visit in all the seasons. You can walk around and they have mannequins and things set up to show you a moment in the lives of eunuchs and workers. There are also some traditional games to play in one of the courtyards. There is a tram that will take you high up on the backside hill. We missed the tram that day because we went too late though. Entrance fees and the tram fee are very inexpensive. There is also a chance to dress up as kings and queens and princes and princesses if you're into photo ops. There is also a very nice tourist center and hostel very nearby. I would like to go back in the fall and have another chance to walk around for the changing of the colors and cooler air.

Visited August 2012
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“Nice for Korea first-timers who are restricted to the area”
Reviewed July 28, 2012

A nice example of Korean traditional architecture. Also a nice show of Korean martial-arts. Not much more.
Museums around are nice, but small and mundane. This is probably the #100 place to visit if you're touring the whole of Korea. If you are restricted to the Suwon area, the English guide suggested visiting the Folk Village first (had I known that in advance, I probably would have).

There is the possibility of walking the wall around, or taking a trolley. The walk is ~2.5 hours, the trolley is ~20 min (does not cover the whole length but gives you the essence of things). Trolleys DO NOT run during RAIN or SNOW, which can change during the day. You do not have to buy your ticket in advance.
An archery experience is also offered - didn't try it.

Site opens at 9am, but English guide only came at 10pm.
There are no places to drink along the walk, and not many interfaces with the city to buy water, so if you plan on walking make sure to take enough water.

If you only have a couple of hours, go to the palace and take the trolley. The walk around the wall is nice during good weather. The majority of impressive constructs can be seen by walking in the city.

Visited July 2012
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