Not far from Seoul and worth a visit!

Suwon Fortress
Suwon Fortress

Suwon is a city that is like any other in South Korea, this if you don’t count the fortress. Crowded during rush hours, with lots of street vendors and buses that keep running.

Before talking about Suwon Fortress, I would take the chance and say that once you’re there LOOK for local markets! They serve reaaally nice street foods, well, if you don’t mind having some street food 🙂 Fruits are a bit pricey, even the local oranges are, but if you really miss having some of those delicious and sweet oranges from Jeju or you miss having some dragon fruit as a snack, then do your best at bargaining 😉

Suwon Local Market
Suwon Local Market

On the way back from Suwon, me and my boyfriend decided to have a walk. Well, on the map looked super close and because we weren’t in any rush we wanted to discover simple people’s life style and what they actually do (besides work, Univ. or high school time) and see more things in this city. This is how we ended up in a local market, not very big but you cannot miss it if you follow the crowd or even the street vendors!

They sell there some weird stuff, like insects… maybe cockroaches – somebody help me here! 🙂 or veggies I have never seen before.
Anyway, we tried not to catch too much attention on us and let people do what they had to do 🙂 Because it was about 2pm and we had no lunch by that moment, we decided to go for some street food – fast, delicious and not expensive. As in all other places, we looked for people who are queuing at some food stalls and we lined up there. I had a kind of fried sausage covered with a rice flower dough/paste and for dessert we had some warm waffle with jam and ice cream. So yummy!

A temple nearby the fortress
A temple nearby the fortress

After that we went to see the market and maybe, maybe find something that will catch our attention. We did not find anything, but ,instead, we saw a Buddhist ceremony just in the market place…a monk was kind of praying and blessing one of the shops there. For me was the first time to see such a thing happening.

Now about the fortress 🙂

Hwaseong Fortress is an impressive structure from the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) and the official fortress of Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do. The fortress (constructed from 1794 to 1796) was built as a show of the King’s filial piety towards his father Jangheonseja and to build a new pioneer city with its own economic power.

View over the city
View over the city

If you go on up on the hill, then you’ll realize that the structure of Hwaseong Fortress is similar to the Gyeongbokgung Palace in Seoul. The guide said to us that actually the King built this fortress in a such a way to make his father feel more comfortable there and also it served as a summer residence for the King himself.

Write a wish and tie it on a wire around this tree. It is said that your wish will become true ;)
Write a wish and tie it on a wire around this tree. It is said that your wish will become true 😉

The fortress is open all the year round and for an additional 2000 won you can try your skills at Gukgung (Korean Traditional Archery). For this activity you’ll have about 10 arrows.
If you realize that you run out of cash, then you can easily pay with your credit card. The entrance fee is just 1000 won.

This fortress is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site!

How to arrive in Suwon?

If you arrive in Suwon by train then in front of the train station you should look for the bus stop no. 2, 7, 7-2, 8, or 13 and get off at Jongno 4-geori (intersection). From there is hard to get lost, because is just a 5minutes walk to the fortress.

A very nice mosaic pavement on the square in front of the fortress
A very nice mosaic pavement on the square in front of the fortress

More information you can find on the following pages:

There will be more posts about South Korea, that’s why you should come back on this page 😉

Travel safe and wise!


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