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Suwon-si (South Korea)

Practical information on Suwon-si

  • Castle and fortress
  • Unesco World Heritage
4 / 5 - One review
How to get there
An hour from Seoul by tube
When to go
From March to November
Minimum stay
A few hours

Reviews of Suwon-si

Marielle Awad Seasoned Traveller
62 written opinions

The city's main attraction is the fortress, dating from the 18th century, and whose ramparts are quite impressive.

My suggestion:
You are allowed to go into some of the buildings upstairs. Take off your shoes, and rest for a little while, enjoying the coolness of the buildings in complete contrast to the heat prevalent outdoors as from the month of May.
My review

The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1997. Built in the 18th century in less than 3 years, its architecture is unique, mixing brick and stone. . You can climb the rampart, which is almost 4 miles long. I found the first few steps rather exhausting. The walls are 13 to 19 feet high, and the vantage point overlooking the city is enchanting. All along the ramparts, there are a number of things to discover: main gates, garde posts, palace buildings...

In Hwaseong Haenggung, martial arts shows are presented twice a day all year round. The 24 types of martial arts practised by the Korean elite soldiers of old, are showcased. Every Saturday from March to November, a traditional arts show is presented and on Sundays, you can watch the Changing of the Guard ceremony.

Suwon ramparts
Martial arts shows
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