1030-7, Ingae-Dong, Suwon, South Korea
More about Suwon
Suwon seen from Paldalsan
Monkey at Everland
Art in progress!
Suwon City Wall
Travel Tips for Suwon
Fortress Trip Starting Point
If you go to the Fortress from Suwon Station, at first make for the Paldalmun ( Bus No 11,13, 36, 39 ). and turn to the left, go up a long flight of steps to mountain. in my experience, the time required about 4hour for take a round in the Fortress.
When you are visiting the Hwaseong Fortress or cultural village, you will get to see some ancient monuments like this interesting ancient sun-dial. It is always good to have a local guide who will explain to you the significance of the monuments and history as well.
Everland Amusement Park
Everland is Korea's most popular amusement park. It is similar to the major parks of America like Disney World and Busch Gardens, but smaller. It has rides (two roller coasters), a zoo, and the best part is the European world featuring architecture & restaurants from all over Europe. Entrance is about 27,000 Won for adults.
When I visited, we rode the big circular rafts on the "white-water" jungle adventure ride called "Amazon Express." Somehow a group of very old Koreans accidentally got on the ride and were scared to death. One old lady kept yelling "Oma! Oma! Oma!" (Mother! Mother! Mother!) every time the ride got rough! But they were troopers and looked like they had a blast!
According to a 2002 article in Forbes, Everland is the 5th most popular amusement park in the world (ahead of some of the Disney properties like Epcot Center).
Entrance to Everland starts at 21,000 Won for adults and 16,000 Won for children and goes up from there depending on time of day and type of ticket.
Seoammun in the south west secret gate of Hwaseong Fortress. It is one of four secret gates that were hidden in indented parts of the wall, to allow defenders to secretly receive supplies and reinforcements and to launch surprise counterattacks. Standing on top of it is a sentry post. Actually, I didn't look very secret at all to me. I think it has been embellished quite a bit recently to make it more attractive.
The Bell of Hyowon
The great Bell of Hyoweon was made in 1991 as a symbol of the city to replace the old bronze bell of Pladalmun gate, which was so badly cracked and damaged that it could no longer be rung. The bell is 3.5 m high and 2.5 m in diameter.
You must pay 1,000 won at the kiosk next to it, if you wish to ring the bell. You are then entitled to three rings and three wishes. At the first ring you should wish for your parents' health, the second for your children and other family members' health and the third for your own.