As promised, a post on Hwaseong Fortress.^^
I ranted about Sungkyungkwan Scandal Korean drama before and mentioned a bit about King Jeongjo and his desire to move Joseon Dynasty’s capital to Hwaseong Fortress.
Hwaseong (Brilliant Castle/ Fortress), the wall surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, was built in the late 18th century by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to honour and house the remains of his father Prince Sado, who had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo having failed to obey his command to commit suicide. Located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon including King Jeongjo’s palace Haenggung,UNESCO designated the fortress a World Heritage site in 1997. The Suwoncheon, the main stream in Suwon, flows through the centre of the fortress. (Source: Wikipedia)
Sungkyunkwan University also has another campus in Suwon.
All pictures are courtesy of my friends; Hanim, Iris, Marina and Fiza who just recently returned from Seoul.
Hwaseong Fortress: 1,000 won. Hwaseong Haenggung: 1,500 won
The fortress (Paldalmun Gate) is a 20-minute walk from Suwon Station, Line 1.
From Myeongdong to Suwon by Subway
1 hour 8 minutes, 25 stops, 41.4km
1,600 won by T-Money, 1,700 won by cash
Transit at GeumJeong Station.