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Hwaseong Fortress
Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

South Korea
1-2 Jangan-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do, Seoul, South Korea

The Basics

Today, travelers can explore the impressive grounds that lie beyond a 3.5-mile (5.6-kilometer) wall originally erected to protect the fortress. Visitors should check out some of the 48 structures dotting the wall, including several old-world watchtowers with 3-story wooden pavilions that were once used as lookouts. A tourist trolley ferries visitors between various points of interest within the complex. The site can be visited in as little as a half-day from Seoul, but many travelers choose to combine the fortress with other attractions in Gyeonggi, most commonly the Korean Folk Village with its Joseon-era houses.

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
USD106.16 per adult
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Great way to see Korean culture and historical village charm. The fortress wasn't as good as the village
The folk village is the equivalent of Sovereign Hill. Historical houses and beautiful gardens. A pleasure to look at. Great education for young and old. Can spend a few hours there. The fortress wasn't as exciting
VicTraveller07, Apr. 2019

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

star-5
Excellent cultural and historical day trip!
Kim A, Nov. 2019
Korean Folk Village & Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
It’s always difficult to find things that your teens will enjoy, but this trip was a great balance of history, culture and fun. Ben was a fantastic guide and we thoroughly enjoyed learning more about South Korea!
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Suwon Fortress
Sarahleeevans, Jul. 2019
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Small-Group Morning Tour from Seoul
We REALLY loved this tour! We were only a family of three. We really liked the individual family attention that our guide provided us. We were the only ones in our group which made it very easy to ask as many questions as possible. Fun Time à
star-5
The guide was very knowledgeable and...
Piotr L, Oct. 2017
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
The guide was very knowledgeable and we had a good contact. It was actually a very personal trip since we were the only participants so we could ask as many questions as we wanted. There was a lot to see at the Fortress but best part was Villagers performance at Korean Folk Village and I highly recommend seeing that.
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We were met on time and headed out...
eam1963, Oct. 2017
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Small-Group Morning Tour from Seoul
We were met on time and headed out to the fortress, Geanie was a very informative guide, explaining all about the kings and realms of the era. The fortress was huge and quite beautiful, a half day was just the right amount time to explore it. On a Monday there is no performances, however it was still a nice morning. Liz
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We had a really good day with Brian...
Phillip C, Dec. 2016
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
We had a really good day with Brian. It was a very cold day at the fortress, snowing. Brian gave us lots of information, he was friendly and cheerful. Lunch was really good and hot which was great for such a cold day. The Korean folk village was interesting. As there were so few people at the village due to the cold and mid week, we got to see lots very quickly. All up a very interesting tour and great to get out a bit from central Seoul.
star-5
Chung was an excellent guide. Loved...
Jennifer E. S, Nov. 2016
Romantic Night Tour of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress
Chung was an excellent guide. Loved the walk and commentary of the Fortress and wall. Korean BBQ dinner was also excellent. Pleased we did this tour.
star-4
Good Tour! Te fortress is unique as...
Shefali D, May 2017
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Small-Group Morning Tour from Seoul
Good Tour! Te fortress is unique as a large part of it includes commercial ad residential areas yet it has maintained its historical imprint!!
star-4
That was a nice tour and the guide...
Cherrie L, Jun. 2016
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Small-Group Morning Tour from Seoul
That was a nice tour and the guide was very knowledgable about Korean history. It was very imformative.
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This tour was really awesome! I...
CARMEN C, Sep. 2016
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Small-Group Morning Tour from Seoul
This tour was really awesome! I loved the view (even under the rain), the guide had a lot of knowledge and it's a great place to visit alone or with family. Don't miss the show at the end it's fun =) I totally recommend this tour!
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The tour was everthing promised, we...
Dan, Oct. 2015
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
The tour was everthing promised, we were picked up on time, arrived and got very interesting explanations about Hwasong fortress. Later we had a good lunch and a 2 hour tour of a folk village, including shows. The guide was great, both nice anf knowledgeable. My schedule does not allow for more tourism but I can fully recommend
star-4
We took this full day tour. The pick...
Raman G, Jun. 2018
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village Day Tour from Seoul
We took this full day tour. The pick up from the Hotel was dot on time 9.20am. A small group of only 8 of us in the mini van with a Guide. We were not satisfied with the Guide. She had limited knowledge about the fortress and the temporary palace. She visted the fort after one year.It is worth it to take the tour. You must ensure that the tour includes the 'trolley in the fortress', as it is a vast area and would be very tiresome to cover all the grounds on foot. The surroundings and the grounds are lush green and well maintained. if you are on your own, do check the free 'shows/acts' that they have inquire at the ticket counter at the fort. The Palace is small one, as it was a temporary one of the King. Though well maintained and clean. The trolley tour around the fortress has the facility of a commentary in 4 languages. But you have to bring your own ear plug. The fortress grounds are in the city itself and the fort is not an independent / self enclosed within wall boundaries. City roads run in and around the fort boundary walls. The Korean Folk Village is a must visit. in the Suwan township. About 15 - 20 minutes drive from the fort. It has been built as a tourist attraction about 40 yrs back. And interesting to visit. Do not miss the free local dance shows/performances. When we visited, the time was between 2 pm to 4 pm. With a performance every half hour. Our Guide did not permit us to see all the shows. Which was very disappointing and sad. As after this, it was a visit to the Ginsen showroom in Seoul city. If you are on this tour, insist to see the shows from 2 pm to 330pm. The local cuisine lunch at Suwan was good. I had a local veg dish - bibimbap. It was better here than the one had in Seoul. The Ginsen showroom is of a local business house. A very posh and lavish office building and showroom. The interesting part of this visit was getting knowledge and understanding of the Ginsen medicinal plant, as to, how it is grown and its various varieties. It is expensive. So, I feel, one should do independent research as to where to buy from and what brand. At the airport we saw that Samsung also sells Ginsen.

Things to Know Before You Go

  • Hwaseong Fortress is a must-visit for history buffs and families.

  • Choose between a basic admission ticket to Hwaseong Fortress or a combo ticket that includes Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, the Suwon Museum, and Suwon Hwaseong Museum.

  • The fortress is wheelchair-accessible, and wheelchair rentals are available.

  • Day trips to the fortress from Seoul can take anywhere from four to 10 hours, depending on what’s included.

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How to Get There

The fortress is located in Suwon, 19 miles (30 kilometers) south of Seoul. To get there by public transportation, catch a bus from Suwon Station. From Seoul, take a bus to Hwaseong Haenggung Station from Jamsil, Sadang, or Gangnam Station.

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When to Get There

The fortress grounds are open daily throughout the year, with slightly reduced hours during the winter season. The best times to visit are during autumn and spring, when mild temperatures make walking the walls much more pleasant.

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Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival

Each autumn, Hwaseong Fortress hosts the landmark Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival. The free event features martial arts performances, a traditional costume festival, historical reenactments, and a food festival.

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