Destinations Suwon-si

Suwon is home to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, which is designated as an international cultural asset by UNESCO. The architecture of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is famous for its scientific and strategic competence, and is a favorite spot for leisurely strolls due to its beautiful surroundings. Other popular tourist attractions in the area include the Korean Folk Village, Everland Amusement Park, and the pottery manufacturers of Ichon.



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  • Suwonhwaseong fortress
    Address :
    Ingye-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Kyeonggi , Jangan-gu, Gwonseon-gu, Ilwon
    Description :
    Suwonhwaseong fortress is the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do, from the latter days of Joseon Period (1392-1910). The fortress began construction in 1794 and finished in 1796. it was built to show the King’s filial piety toward his father Jangheonseja, and also to build a new city with its own economic power. The fortress wall is 5.52km long and it has a great variety of military facilities you cannot find at other fortress. At the top of the fortress wall, Yeojang was stacked up to nd watch the enemy. There are four gates in each direction, the north gate called Janganmun, the south gate called Paldalmun, the east gate, Changryongmun, and the west gate, Hwaseomun. A stream passes by the fortress, and where the water meets the fortress, they built Sumun gates. There are seven arch-style Sumuns, and above it a pavilion called Hwahongmun. Suwonhwaseong fortress was constructed under the advice of Yu Hyeong-Won (1622-1673) and Jeong Yak-Yong (1762-1836), and it is evaluated that its fortress wall was built very scientifically. The fortress wall was built using Seokjae and Jeondol (bricks), and the holes, through which you can be defended from arrows and long spears, were also used to fire guns. Jeong Yak-Yong invented Geojunggi, which uses a hwalcha (lever) to lift up heavy stones, and it greatly reduced the construction time. Suwonhwaseong went through many turbulent times and damage, and in The june 25 Battle, many of the facilities became so damaged that they were just left that way. The fortress restoration initiative started in 1975, and finished in 1979. But from Paldalmun to Dongnamgakru, a space of 491 meters, has still not been renovated. The fortress became designated as Historical Monument No. 3, in January 1963, and in December 1997, it was designated on UNESCO’s World Cultural Asset.
    Directions :
    Get off Suwon Subway Station (Seoul Subway Line) and go to exit No.1
    From a bus stop on the opposite side, take a bus headed Hwaseomun and get off at Jangan Park bus stop.
    Information :
    - Inquiries : Hwaseong Administration Office Tel : 031-228-2716 (Kor,Jap,Eng)

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