Sweet picture, right?!
At this particular guard tower, it almost felt like I was on the set of Game of Thrones. Or a medieval martial arts movie. It was a pretty cool feeling knowing that hundreds of years ago, Korean soldiers walked this same path. Some even more recently when they fought the Japanese during their invasion and occupation of Korea.
Interesting Fact: The Japanese destroyed much of Hwaseong Fortress during their occupation to break the Korean spirit. It was rebuilt from 1975-1979. The big stone blocks near the bottom of the wall are the original blocks, the smaller, uniform blocks of stone are from the renovation.
The tower show above is called SeonamAmmun, it was built so the soldiers could feed war supplies to the fortress but in an emergency it could be sealed off.
Hwaseong Fortress is easily the biggest tourist attraction in Suwon. The wall stretches 5.7km and you can walk the whole thing. Just be sure to buy a ticket, there are checkpoints along the wall where they check on people. It’s only 1,000 won (less than $1) so there’s no valid reason to not support the site.
For some reason, the crossbow platform (seonodae) really caught my attention. When I stood inside it, I imagined firing on attacking soldiers and I have to say that must have been an intense spot to be.
I was sweating before but after climbing the long, steep stairs to the top of the mountain, I was really sweating. It’s so humid this time of year!
Ring the Bell of Filial Piety:
1st Toll: Show gratitude and respect to your parents.
2nd Toll: Wish for your families health and harmony.
3rd Toll: Wish for the realization of your dreams.
UNESCO World Heritage Site
Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO World Heritage site, one of ten in South Korea.
That’s the quick and dirty tour of Hwaseong Fortress. I’m kind of a history geek, so for me it was really worth visiting. Plus, it’s a nice 5.7km walk around Suwon.
Thanks for visiting!