Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress enfolds Suwon CBD in its arms. The fortress extends 5.74 kilometres and encloses 1.3 square kilometres. It was built in the late eighteenth century to protect the capital of Gyeonggi Province, which is where Seoul is located. It took two and a half years or 700,000 man hours to build. It was constructed was under the direction of Jeong Yak-yong, a renowned architect who employed intricate pulleys and cranes and used bricks for its construction. Although there were initially 48 structures along the wall of the fortress, seven have been severely damaged or lost altogether due to flooding, wars, or general wear and tear. Hwaseong Fortress was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997.

Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Fortress

Admission Fee:  Hwaseong Fortress: KRW 1,000.

How to get there: From Suwon station (Seoul Subway Line 1), take city bus No. 2, 7, 7-2, 8, or 13 and get off at Jongno 4-geori (intersection). Walk for 5 minutes, you can’t miss it.

Iga Motylska

Iga Motylska is a Johannesburg-based freelance writer, photojournalist, sub-editor and blogger. She is published in numerous local and international publications, including: Forbes Africa, Forbes Woman Africa, Forbes Life Africa, CNBC Africa, Ventures Africa, Marie Claire, Sawubona, AA Traveller, Fastjet inflight magazine and Seoul Magazine among numerous others. Her editorial interests range from documenting the entrepreneurial spirit to women's and human rights issues, environmental affairs and of course travel writing.

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