Visit Suwon Fortress / Hwaseong Fortress (수원 화성)

Suwon Fortress, also known as Hwaseong Fortress, was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. Suwon fortress surrounds the centre of Suwon city, and was built in the 18th Century during the Joseon Dynasty by King Jeonjo.

There are 4 main gates at the fortress. You can enter at any gate to explore the fortress as the fortress is a circle.

Directions to Hwaseong Fortress 

Here’s how you can get to Suwon Fortress.

1) Take the subway to Suwon Station (Line 1)

2) Take Bus 2, 7, 7-2, 8, or 13, get off at Jongno 4-geori (intersection). Walk 5 min

OR Take a taxi to Hwaseong Fortress. Tell the driver you want to go to 수원 화성 (pronounced Su-Won Hwa-Song) — I took a taxi as I was too lazy to find the bus stop haha. 😛 The taxi driver dropped us off at Paldalmun (팔달문), which is the South Gate.

Time needed to travel from Seoul -> Suwon : about 1 hour

Address: 11, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Opening hours: The fortress is open daily from 09:00-17:00.

Entrance Fee: Adults 1,000 won / Youth 700 won / Children 500 won

I visited on the last Wednesday of the month and when I went to the ticketing counter, I was told that it was free for that day. Apparently, every last Wednesday of the month is designated a Culture Day, so there is free admission!!

According to the Visit Korea website, on Culture Day, there will be free admission for permanent exhibitions and in-house special exhibitions at art galleries and museums, and cultural sites such as the royal palaces and Jongmyo Shrine.

What to see and do at Hwaseong Fortress:

Paldalmun (South Gate of the fortress)
Paldalmun (South Gate of the fortress). That’s where our taxi stopped us at.
What you will see when you enter the fortress from Paldalmun (South Gate)
What you will see when you enter the fortress from Paldalmun (South Gate)
You will find a dragon train opposite this building
You will find a dragon train opposite this building
Dragon Train that brings you around Suwon Fortress
Dragon Train that brings you around Suwon Fortress.

You will have to buy tickets at the counter to ride the Dragon Train. The mini train brings you to the ticketing counter. Near the ticketing counter, there is an area where you can do archery. It costs 2,000 won. I did not try this.

You can try archery here
You can try archery here
Lake
Lake
Suwon Fortress
Suwon Fortress
River
River
Walking around the fortress
Walking around the fortress
Performance outside the Palace
Performance outside the Palace

Also, this Palace was the filming site of popular Korean drama DaeJangGeum (Jewel In the Palace).

You can expect to spend at least half a day at Suwon fortress.

Alright! That’s all for now! Let me know if you need more information 🙂

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