Castle Hotel Suwon

144-4 Uman-Dong, Paldal-Gu, Suwon, South Korea
Castle Hotel Suwon
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Travel Tips for Suwon

Exploring the city

by victorwkf

Besides restricting yourself to tourist attractions, it will be good to walk around and experience the city of Suwon which is generally very safe. More photographs of the city are at the travelogue section of this VT page.

Traditional crane

by iwys

The Geojunggi ,or traditional Korean crane, was invented by the scholar Jeong Yak-yong, using principles taken from a Chinese book. This pulley mechanism was used in the construction of Hwaseon Fortress in the 1790s.

The one in the photos stands in the grounds of Hwaseong Haenggung.

The Divine Tree

by iwys

The Divine Tree stands in the courtyard of Hwaseong Haenggung. It is a Sawleaf Zelkova tree, known as Neutinamu in Korean, and it is 600 years old. The tree is 30m high and 6m in circumference. It is considered to be the divine protector of Suwon. I t was believed that cutting the branches or plucking the leaves from this holy tree would anger the gods and bring misfortune to Suwon. It was also believed that touching the tree and praying could make wishes come true.

Today, visitors pay for a wish by dropping a coin into a bowl inside a hollow in the tree trunk. They then write their wish on paper and tie it to one of the ropes that encircle the tree. I did it too.

Hwaseomun and Seobukgongsimdon

by jckim

Hwaseomun is the West Gate of Hwaseong Fortress. it's stone walls with arched entrance support a single story wooden pavilion. ( Designated and preserved as Treasure No 403 ),and Seobukgongsimdon is the Northwest Observation Tower of Fortress. served for both sentry duty and defence. Seobukgongsimdon is a squarish brick observation tower.


by iwys

Seojangdae is the Western Command Post of Hwaseong Fortress. This was the general headquarters from which the general commanded his troops. It was built on the highest point of the fortress, offering an unobstructed view in all directions.

King Jeongjo also used this command post to survey military drills.

UPDATE: Korea Herald May 2, 2006

"National heritage site destroyed by fire"

"A fire started by a drunken man yesterday destroyed part of an 18th-century fortress, a World Cultural Heritage site designated by the UNESCO, police in Suwon, Gyeonggi Province said yesterday.

The man set fire to Seojangdae, a military command post attached to the famed Hwaseong Fortress, at 1:35 a.m. The fire destroyed the upper floor of the two-story pavilion-type wooden structure before it was extinguished 20 minutes later.

About 40 firefighters and 10 fire trucks were dispatched to control the blaze.

Police said there were no fire extinguishers near the building although some maintenance men tried to control the fire before the firefighters arrived.

This is the second time in 10 years that the building has been damaged by fire. The building was restored after it was destroyed in 1996.

The management office of the fortress estimates the restoration will cost more than 1 billion won.

Police said that the arson suspect was intoxicated and started the fire with a lighter by setting his clothes and underwear on fire and throwing them on the ground of the second floor of the wooden structure. The 24-year-old man was standing in front of the building watching it burning when the police arrested him.

The suspect, identified only by his family name Ahn, has confessed to having committed the arson out of frustration from his financial difficulties, police said.

The Hwaseong Fortress is one of Korea's best surviving remnants of the Joseon era and was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. "


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