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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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.
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.
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.
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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