Suwon Travel Guide

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Suwon Things to Do

  • Dongbukgangnu

    Dongbukgangnu is the Northeast Angel Tower. it sits on top of the high hill in the east of the Hwahongmun Fooldgate. it's one of most beautiful architecture of Fortress.

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  • Hwahongmun-gate

    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.

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  • Paldalmun ( Paldal Gate )

    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 )

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  • Seonamammun

    This secret gate is at the southern tip of Mt. Paldal. Secret gates ware made in indented part of the fortress wall, preferably veiled by trees, so that thay could hardly be seen from outside.

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  • Hwaseomun and Seobukgongsimdon

    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.

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  • Seojangdae and Seonodae

    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.

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  • Dongbukgongsimdon

    Dongbukgongsimdon is the Northeast Observation Tower of Fortress. it's a 6.8m high, three story oval observation tower. another architectural wonder of Hwaseong Fortress.

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  • Bongdon

    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

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  • Baldal-mun Gate

    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...

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  • Jangan-mun Gate

    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...

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  • Suwon City Wall (Hwaseong)

    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.

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  • Hwaseong Fortress

    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...

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Suwon Hotels

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  • Ramada Plaza Suwon

    940 Ingye-Dong Paldal-Gu, Suwon, 442-832, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Ibis Ambassador Suwon

    1132-12 Ingye-Dong Paldal-Gu, Suwon, 442835, South Korea

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

  • Amour & Symphony Hotel

    The hotel was newly opened, and they say they were therefore that cheap - $50 per night per single...

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Suwon Restaurants

  • Best Donkas in Town

    Super crispy and tasty donkas (pork, chicken, or fish) I have ever had. The inside looks really cool, too. Seemed to have fresh and thick cuts of meat, good sides, and an impressive painting on the wall next to our seats. Will be back for more with friends for sure. I had the combination with pork tenderloin and fish. It also came with noodles, a...

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  • Yummy....galbi!

    Suwon is well-known for its seasoned beef ribs -- galbi. I had mine in a corner restaurant near the in front of the information booth close to the Paldalmun Gate (check out the photo). Galbi

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  • Local desserts at cultural village

    There are some stalls selling interesting local desserts near the traditional costume area of the cultural village at Suwon. These desserts are clean, tasty and cheap, and is a good experience to try.

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Suwon Transportation

  • Express Train

    Whilst it's possible to take the subway to Suwon, there are also express trains that take 30 minutes or so from Seoul station, as opposed to an hour on the subway.

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  • Hwaseong Train

    Hwaseong tour train consists of three passenger carriages and an engine. The front part is a head of dragon to symbolize King Jeongjo and the back part is a sedan chair to show king's authority and the convenience of tourists. Closed on Mondays Running time : 10:00am ~ 5:50pm everyday (not on rainy or snowy days) Number of trains : two (for 54...

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  • Tourist Information

    There is a tourist information booth just outside of the Suwon subway/train station. Exit the main doors, turn left, and walk about 150 meters. They are very friendly and helpful (and they speak English!). They gave us a good city map, guided us to a hotel, and pointed out the nightlife spots in the city. They also help with buses to Everland and...

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  • Local desserts at cultural village

    There are some stalls selling interesting local desserts near the traditional costume area of the cultural village at Suwon. These desserts are clean, tasty and cheap, and is a good experience to try.

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  • Kanji writing on Parchment

    My FAVORITE souvenier from Korea came from Suwon. In the Korean folk village, you can watch a craftsman who makes parchment, then carefully paints on the kanji characters. These parchments are also for sale. I bought one for $5 US that is about .3m wide and 1 m long. It translates to "May you live long like the mountain, and be blessed like the...

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Suwon Local Customs

  • Traditional crane

    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.

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  • Tightrope acrobatics

    There is a long tradition of tightrope acrobatics in Korea. For centuries troupes of acrobats travelled around the countryside giving perfomances. A popular new Korean film, "Wangui Namja" or "The King's Man" has renewed interest in the art, as two tightrope acrobats are featured in this historical drama.There are performances at the Korean Folk...

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  • See-saw

    See-sawing is a traditional game in Korea. but it's far more vigorous than the western version. Koreans don't sit on the see-saw; they jump up and down on it. There are several see-saws at the Korean Folk village for visitors to use, but there are also spectacular performances of see-saw acrobatics, where performers go hurtling high up into the...

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Suwon Warnings and Dangers

  • The last chance saloon

    At Hwaseong Haenggung (the palace) there is a warning telling you that this is the last toilet before you embark on your 6km+, 3 hour circuit of Hwaseong Fortress. Think about it. There are no shady spots once you get up onto the fortress walls. People can see you from miles away.One consolation is that this is one of the most special public...

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  • The climb up to the fortress

    If you start at the recommended starting point, Hwaseong Haenggung, the palace complex, there is a steep climb up to the walls. Halfway up you come to the road that circles the old city, below the city walls. There is no signpost telling you the way to go, and many first-time visitors will turn left and start walking down the road, as this is what...

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  • Language problem

    One of the biggest problems of going around Korea is the language problem. People hardly speak or write English, and this is even worse outside Seoul in a city like Suwon. Even the information boards and signages are in Korean with no English translation.

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Suwon Off The Beaten Path

  • Dae Jang Geum

    The Korean Folk Village has been used as the location for shooting historical TV dramas, including the most popular one ever made, Dae Jang Geum, which was shown all over the Far East.

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  • Korean Folk Village

    The Korean Folk Village opened in 1974. In it there are more than 260 traditional houses from different regions of the country. In winter when the river freezes over, there is a sled field, which is great fun. There are also performances of traditional Korean forms of entertainment and games, including tightrope walking and seesawing.There is a...

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Suwon Sports & Outdoors

  • Suwon World Cup Stadium

    Suwon was one of the host cities for the 2002 world cup finals. An impressive new stadium was built for the occasion. Now K-league matches are played there.

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  • The Sled Field

    The sled field on the fozen river at the Korean Folk Village is great fun. It is included in the price of your admission ticket. There are plenty of sleds and "oars/ski poles" to propel you around the ice circuit. It is very good exercise. Try doing three laps at high speed!For first-timers: you sit cross-legged on the sled and propel yourself...

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  • Exploring the city

    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.

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  • Tourist information in Suwon

    Suwon’s tourism people have really got their act together, and provide numerous brochures and literature on the town’s sites and sights, and operate a tour bus twice daily. Their hard work and the quality of maps and brochures, and the informative signboards everywhere (all translated into English, Japanese and Chinese) sets a benchmark for tourism...

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  • Parks around Hwaseong Fortress

    Besides visiting the Hwaseong Fortress, you can also relax at one of the nice parks located just outside the fortress. You will see many of the locals relaxing here.

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