Hwahongmun-gate has a unique shape with a water gate because it acts as a bridge to across a small river called Suwon River passing across Suwon Hwasung. There is a pond behind the gate. I visited here in deep winter, so the pond turned into ice on the surface. It is quite satisfactory that they say it’s one of the eight views of Suwon.
Paldalmun is the South Gate of Hwaseong Fortress. This imposing stone structure with it's arched gateway is surmounted by a two story wooden pavilion capped with a hipped roof. ( Designated Treasure No 402 )
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.
Seojangdae is the West and East command post of Fortress. A panoramic view of the city and surrounding countryside may be enjoyed from this command post at the top of Mt, Paldal. and Seonodae is unroofed octagonal platform supporting the West multiple arrow launcher platform.
Bongdon is the Beacon Tower of Fortress. built of gray brick, sentries ware stationed here to signal the statues of the Fortress. The beacon was in communication, with Yukbong peak in Yongin, and on the West coast to signal
Baldal-mun Gate is one of the most representative architectures in Suwon Hwasung. When you get there from Suwon Station, it will be the first architecture which you see there. It is in the center of a big road, so you cannot go and touch it directly. This location is associated with Namdaemun Gate in Seoul. You can start to go around this castle wall from the left side of this Gate. First, you have to go up a steep hill, but then you will walk along a smooth road. It will take around 2 – 3 hours to go around.
Jangan-mun Gate, the main gate of Suwon Hwasung, is on opposite side of Baldal-mun Gate. It’s less famous for tourists than Baldal-mun Gate but I think it’s more attractive place and worth seeing because you can see it from closer point than Baldal-mun Gate and can walk in and around it. It has almost same structure as Namdaemun Gate in Seoul but it’s a little bigger than Namdaemun Gate. If you don’t have time to see all around Suwon Hwasung, I do recommend that you visit Jangan-mun Gate at least. You can see Baldal-mun Gate, the most well-known gate in Suwon Hwasung, from the window of a taxi on your way to Jangan-mun Gate anyway.
The ancient Suwon City Wall, called Hwaseong, surround the Suwon downtown area. The wall forms an almost continuous 5km loop, and it stands 10-15 meters tall. There are many impressive gates and towers along its circumference. No entrance fee.
Hwaseong Fortress is a World Heritage site. The wall stretches for 5.7 kilometres and a walk around it takes about two hours. There are interesting command posts, entrance gates and observation towers to encounter along the way. The walk starts at Paldalmun in Suwon. Follow the signs from here and walk up Paldalsan. It's quite a strenuous start to the walk because it is 143 metres high. There is a tourist information booth situated at the foot of Paldalsan. Personally I didn't have time for the whole walk because I started late in the afternoon and also it started raining. I made it as far as the Bell of Hyowon before turning back.
This folk village has a collection of thatched and tiled traditional houses. It takes about half a day to look around and to see the live performers, consisting of farmers music and dance, acrobats on a tightrope, equestrian events and a traditional wedding ceremony. The entertainment takes place at 11.00 and 15.00 every day. A good day out is to come here early in the morning to take in the first show and then visit Hwaseong Fortress in the afternoon.
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.
Seonodae, which is located behind Hwaseong Jangdae, is a facility to attack the enemies by installing Seonodae(multiple-arrow-launching bow). The upper part of Seonodae is narrow and the lower part is wide and its shape is octagonal
Janganmun is the north gate of the Hwaseong Fortress and the largest of the existing main gates. The word Jangan means a capital, illustrating King Jeongjo¢®¯s intention to make Hwaseong a major city. To symbolize the dignity of a royal family, a two-storied building was constructed and Ongseong, a small brick tower, was erected to protect the gate. It was also designed so that water could be poured through five holes called Oseongji on the upper side of Ongseong in case enemies tried to burn the gate.
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 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.