Stroll the walls of Hwaseong Fortress

Less than an hour’s drive from Seoul, Suwon is most famous for its UNESCO-protected Hwaseong Fortress – constructed in 1794 to become the peninsula’s new capital. Unfortunately for Suwonites, King Jeongjo died before the move could take place, and the royals remained in Seoul. A good half-day at least can be taken by exploring the impressive walls stretching a total of 5.52km and the complex within.

A visit to the fortress can also be combined with the Korean Folk Village. Set in a natural environment occupying approximately 243 acres, visitors can experience the natural atmosphere with over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, including various household goods from different regions. All these features have been relocated and restored to provide visitors with a broad understanding of Korean food, clothing, and housing style of the past.

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