Suwon Fortress Tour – What to Expect
Are you ready to take a journey back in time and see Korea’s most important and beautiful fortress? Hwaseong Fortress was built all the way back in 1796 during the Joseon Dynasty by King Jeongjo. Its purpose was to honor the king’s father as well as help the city of Suwon-si become an independent economic powerhouse.
The fortress stretches over five and a half kilometers and was specifically designed as a powerful shield from attacks using an innovative architectural technique. In fact, the method used for its construction was very precise and involved using bricks – Seokjae and Jeondol, leaving holes just big enough to let bullets, spears, and arrows go through.
On our Hwaseong Fortress tour, you are about to discover the very special aspects of the structure. There are military facilities that you can not find anywhere else, as well as four gates looking out to the cardinal directions. Marvel at the pavilion that has the most stunning natural views! Suwon Fortress has been through turbulent times, having been badly damaged and restored, making it a very significant historic point in Korea.
What also makes it unique is that even though it has been heavily restored and rebuilt, it has still been registered as a UNESCO world heritage site. This was in part due to it being built in the exact same place and following the exact same specifications as the original. All this being possible due to having detailed and accurate blue prints very well preserved.
After our visit to the fortress, we will dive into the authentic charm of the Folk Village and indulge in three exciting performances! Our Suwon Hwaseong Fortress & Korean Folk Village tour is the ultimate treat for those who enjoy discovering history and experiencing cultural tradition first-hand. Join us for the trip of a lifetime!
This popular tour is a combination of a morning visit to Hwaseong Fortress followed by our afternoon Korean Folk Village tour. It’s the perfect option for a full day of fun and activities while offering an insight into what it was like to live during the Joseon dynasty.
Hwaseong Fortress Tour – Course Overview
We begin by picking you up from your hotel in Seoul. We will make our way to the iconic Hwaseong Fortress, followed by a delicious lunch. Then, our Hwaseong Fortress tour heads over to the Folk Village. On the way back, we’ll briefly stop at either the Amethyst or Ginseng Center before dropping you off at your hotel.
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Hwaseong Fortress – Discover a Powerful Structure that Has Persisted For Centuries
The first stop on our Suwon Hwaseong Fortress tour is the iconic fortress. Upon arrival, you will see its impressive size and scope.
Notice the four gates here – there is Janganmun that faces to the north, Paldalmun to the south, Changnyongmun to the east, and Hwaseomun to the west. The four gates face to the cardinal directions and the Sumun gates in a seven-arch style reach the nearby stream, ensuring complete protection.
While the stones used to build the fortress are extremely heavy, it actually wasn’t too hard to stack them, as the architect, Jeong Yak-Yong, invented a special technique called “‘Geojunggi” to lift them up with a lever (hwalcha), reducing the building time tremendously.
There are a few key points that you will discover. Yeonmudae Post is an observation post sitting on a high hill between Changryongmun and Hwahongmun. The views here are simply stunning which makes the post a fantastic place to take photos!
The other key spot to explore is Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. This was the place where the king and his family retired during times of war. King Jeongjo had a deep appreciation for his late father, so he would come here to worship his tomb.
Since the palace is very beautiful, it was used to host various significant events such as Queen Hyegyeonggung Hong’s 60th birthday. Walking through the palace, you can simply imagine the great feasts that were held here! You will have plenty of space to explore on our Suwon Fortress tour, feeling as if you’ve stepped back in the 19th century!
Immerse Yourself in the Magic of the Folk Village & Marvel at Three Performances
Next up on our Suwon Fortress tour we will travel back to simpler times and experience what it was like to live as a Joson villager at the Folk Village! This is a live replica of a traditional village where you can see the exact homes of peasants, landowners, and the ruling class under Joseon rule.
The charm of the village lies in the fact that everything is authentic – there is no electricity and the whole set up is deeply connected with nature. You will walk around beautiful narrow streets, passing streams and trees that bloom seasonally.
Our Suwon Hwaseong Fortress tour has a special treat for you here! You will witness three exciting traditional performances. First, there is the Farmers Music & Dance where actors play Samulnori music and dance in a beautiful formation as a form of a prayer for good yearly harvest.
The second show is traditional Tight Rope Walking where a skilled acrobat performs amazing jumps and tricks combined with a comedy routine that will have you laughing at the top of your lungs!
Finally, you will experience a Martial Art & Acrobatic Performance where actors perform complicated structures such as human pyramids on the back of a moving horse! This show is unlike anything you have ever seen, so prepare to be seriously impressed!
Kickstart your travels with our Hwaseong Fortress tour that will take you back to Joseon times, visiting the most glorious fortress in Korea and experiencing the authentic environment of the Folk Village! Indulge in the trip of a lifetime with our tailored tour and seamless door-to-door service!