Hwaseong FortressSeptember 30, 2019 in South Korea ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C
Another day, another fortress! Thankfully this is the last fortress we'll see in Korea. Hooray.
Subway ride to the south-east of Seoul this time, and then another bus out to the mini-city of Suwon where our site is located. Again, this is a semi-modern emergency palace and fortress, constructed to save the government if and or when things got bad. This is actually in pretty great condition and is largely original, so we were interested to see it.
First stop was an enormous old gatehouse that these days literally sits in the middle of a roundabout in the middle of town. It looked quite odd, but also very impressive. Took a couple of photos then headed off on our customary circuit of the walls. These were only about 6km, so much more hikeable in a few hours! The first part was quite tough, heading up a tall hill to see watch towers and a command post, but we were rewarded with good views. We could even see the wall miles off on the other side of the fortress.
Strolled downhill, grabbed a snack and kept walking. Every couple of hundred metres there was a new thing to see, whether it was a bastion, a redoubt, a gatehouse, a secret entrance, a watergate, or even an observation post. It was all quite interesting, in good condition, and as I mentioned largely original which helped things quite a bit.
The walk took quite a while though we both really enjoyed it, one of the better sites we've seen so far in Korea I think. Couldn't see many options for lunch so we ended up with microwaved meals from 7-11, though they're better than you might think! It's quite common to eat those here. I had a burger (surprisingly palatable) while Shandos had some bulgogi.
Finished by mid-afternoon, we headed back to Seoul again and home where we spent the rest of the afternoon relaxing. Although it's great that there's so many sites near the city and we can tick them off fairly quickly, it's kind of annoying that they're all spaced quite far apart. Aside from the ones right in the city, it'd be hard to do multiples in a day.Read more