Hanging with the Royals at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace (화성 행궁)
…royal cardboard people that is!
After we decided we didn’t feel like hiking two more miles around the Hwaseong Fortress, we decided to head straight downhill and check out the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.
This palace was built by King Jeongjo of the Joseon dynasty in 1789 within the walls of Hwaseong Fortress. It served as a place for the king to come and rest during times of war, and it was where he would stay during celebrations. When the king was not there, it was used as a base for the government. Most of the palace was destroyed during the Japanese occupation, but has since been restored. Along with the Hwaseong Fortress, the palace was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.
So we did what all mature adults do at impressive places like UNESCO sites…I posed with some cardboard people, Ashley went around the palace collecting stamps in her notebook (an activity that I think was meant for children), and the boys spent almost the entire time throwing arrows while playing some ancient palace game. We’re mature and worthy of these sites…right?
To get to the palace, take Line 1 from Seoul to Suwon Station and then take Exit 6. Cross the road, turn right, and walk 100m to the Yeokjeon Market bus stop. Take Bus 7, 7-2 or 32-1 and get off at Hwaseong Fortress. Walk down the street until you reach a pharmacy at the three-way intersection. Turn right and cross the street.