A day trip to Suwon Hwaseong

Hajon Lee

Suwon Hwaseong is not very far from Seoul, a beautiful place where not many people visit. Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO cultural heritage and a representative attraction of Suwon, is a fortress with the purpose of eupseong and mute fortress for residence. A wall of 5.76 kilometers covers an area of 130 hectares. At night, soft lights shine on the walls of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, giving a romantic atmosphere. It truly is a place where history breathes and lives with a bit of modernism adapting to the current generation.

So your tour should start from the “castle” and just visit all the sights inside the castle. If you get tired I suggest going into one of the hanok cafes which is a traditional korean housing. After looking at the castle, visiting Haengung-dong Mural village is a nice option. It is a quiet alley with unique and cute murals and workshops and shops.It is a good course to take a walk lightly, rather than a variety of attractions. Suwon is basically the castle itself so you would spend most of the time there and when you get hungry, you must try the amazing suwon wanggalbi chicken. This chicken became very famous in a korean movie and it is a must visit tourist place. It is crispy, but at the same time very sweet.

To end the trip, the amazing night scenery of Suwon is the castle lights. A place called banghwasuryujong which is seen from the image. A lot of people have a little picnic near the pond as you can see the reflection of the blinding lights of the castle and enjoy the fresh air. Another option is to hop on the hot air balloon which takes into account the whole nightview of Suwon. The place is called flying Suwon where it goes up to 150meters and you can spend a romantic evening up top.

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