Climbing Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress
A few weeks ago when we went to Suwon to check out the toilet museum, we noticed a pretty impressive wall running through/around parts of Suwon. We found out that this wall is part of the Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site built in the late 18th century to protect the Korean people from Japanese invasions.
We decided to check it out, so with our friends Ashley and Justin we made the trek back to Suwon, which is the capital city of Gyeonggi-do (the province we live in) and we paid the amazingly affordable 1,000 won ($1) for our entry tickets.
The wall is just under 4 miles long in length and varies between 13–20 feet tall, but most of the wall is situated on hills. We didn’t really realize how huge the fortress actually is, or how uphill the climb would be, but once we got to the top, we knew it was worth the climb. The peak of the fortress provides stunning panoramic views of Suwon, which gave us a visual of how big this city of a million people actually is! After taking in the views, we decided we were too lazy to hike the whole fortress (we did about half), so we headed downhill to check out the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace…but more about that tomorrow!
To get to the Hwaseong Fortress from Seoul, take subway Line 1 to the Suwon station. From Suwon station, take Bus 2, 7, 7-2, 8, or 13 and get off at the intersection of Jongno 4-geori. From there it’s about a five minute walk to the fortress. A cab from Suwon station to Hwaseong Fortress will take about 10 or 15 minutes.