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Hwaseong Fortress

11, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 16261, South Korea
+82 31-290-3600
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Hwaseong Fortress in the town of Suwon is just a 30-minute train ride from Seoul. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is one of Korea’s most important historical treasures and is the only remaining walled fortress in the country.
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Suggested Duration: 2-3 hours
11, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 16261, South Korea
+82 31-290-3600
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Reviewed yesterday

I visited Hwaseong Fortress two times, once it October and once in January. In October it was so beautiful and you could see so many flowers. In January it was good but cold....just a bit ....... it was good for walking.

Thank M A
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We saw this on Trip Advisor and had an afternoon/evening to kill. We started by doing a short archery lesson which you had to buy tickets to participate in but it was fairly cheap, maybe a couple thousand won per person. Our 8-year-old was able...More

Thank Sarah J
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had planned to go here when the sun was still out, but for several reasons we ended up going at night, which turned out to be perfect! The walls were beautifully lit, and there was a hot air balloon that was also lit up...More

1  Thank kmbperdon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were visiting Seoul, but our Korean friend is from Suwon and he was eager to show us his hometown. We spent the main part of our day at the fort. We were there on a weekend (when he had time off work) and it...More

Thank LazyRose
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good information about Korean culture, kings and royal families. must see family place to know about ancient korea.

Thank Sudhanshu V
Reviewed 5 July 2017

A must see when travelling in South Korea, travelling by bus or subway. Subway stop about 20min walk to Fortress but you can get a bus. Small fee for access and the market after doing the hike around the fortress was great to visit.

Thank Caper906
Reviewed 26 June 2017 via mobile

Take bus 11 13 36 or 39 from the Suwon train station and alight at the massive and striking Palduman Gate. The visitors centre is located on the western side where you get a map and buy your combination ticket. We arrived from Seoul on...More

3  Thank nilintentum_reliquit
Reviewed 22 June 2017

Took a bus from Seoul to here. The admission was free because of certain festival (can't remember). It's a steep walk uphill from the entrance at Padalmun Gate. The fortress was magnificent. Had a nice walk here. Outside the fortress, there's a lot of student...More

Thank Lulu_21xx
Reviewed 22 June 2017

This is a great cultural experience that is not to be missed. Hike to the pavilion at the top for a great view of downtown Suwon!

Thank Kswany
Reviewed 20 June 2017

It is reachable by public transportation, you need to take the subway then a bus during more than one hour. However it is worth walking around. You can take some nice pictures from the fortress.

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Evangelin H
8 March 2017|
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Response from Mark B | Reviewed this property |
It never closes, only the attractions around it (ie 5PM). Best time I like to visit was late afternoon, early evening to see lights displaying wall in certain areas.
Sharon L
20 September 2015|
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Response from BNandishB | Reviewed this property |
I think it will be opened during Chuseok Holidays.
laura v
19 April 2015|
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Response from Travellers7 | Reviewed this property |
While you could walk to the fortress, I find it better to take a bus to avoid losing my way in the heat or freezing weather, depending on the season you are in. Save energies to walk and explore the interesting markets and... More