South Korea
Suwon-si

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  • Day34

    Hwaseong Fortress

    September 30 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.
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  • Day8

    Hwaseong in Suwon

    October 5, 2017 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Suwon is most famous for its World Heritage listed fortress wall. While it's no Dubrovnik, it is in good condition and its elevated position affords special views of Suwon on a fine day, as today is fortuitously.

    I took 30 photos (that's a lot for me), then whittled these down to 12 (sorry, selfie-lovers, my selfies didn't make the cut). So it was hard to choose just 6 to post.

    I started out catching a bus and alighted once I saw the Padalmun gate. It's in the middle of a large roundabout. I firstly went through the Hanggeung Palace complex, built for King Jeongjo in the late 18th century (thanks, Lonely Planet).

    After this I backtrack to the Padalmun gate and walk up many, many stairs to the top. It's worth it though, as the views of Suwon are magnificent. The fortress walls and watchtower are in excellent condition, I highly recommend this activity to all travellers.

    After all this, I trudge to the train station to buy a ticket to Jeonju. I want to take the 12:02 service there tomorrow, which gets in a bit before 3. I'm told that only standing tickets are available, the first service with seats is at 3:30 pm. This is the big mistake I alluded to previously. I should have bought the ticket on arrival at Suwon previously. Travelling during Chuseok 😓. So I buy a standing ticket for the 12:02 service.
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  • Day52

    Suwon

    June 6, 2016 in South Korea ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Travelled down to Suwon today which has a pretty cool city wall that goes around the whole town.

    There was stuff going on like archery and horse riding shows, and kite flying. I also had my first Korean BBQ.

You might also know this place by the following names:

Suwon-si, 水原市, 수원시

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