8 Days UNESCO World Heritage Site Tour
10 Days Best of South Korea Tour
1 Day Panmunjom JSA DMZ Korea Tour
2 Days Stopover Seoul City Tour
3 Days Jeju Volcanic Island Tour
1 Day Gyeongju World Heritage Site Tour by KTX
6 Days Exploration of Eastern Korea
6 Days Exploration of Western Korea
5 Days Introduction to Korea Tour
7 Days Highlights of Korea Tour
Ski Home
1 Day Jisan Resort Ski Tour with Full Day Lift Ticket
1 Day Learn to Ski Tour Korea with Beginner Ski Lesson
1 Day Nami Island Winter Sonata Seeing Snow Tour
1 Day Namiseom Island and Ski Tour (Beginner Ski Lesson)
2 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour
2 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort Tour with Ski Lesson
3 Days Yongpyong Ski Resort PyeongchangTour
2 Days Alpensia Ski Resort Korea Tour
2 Days Alpensia Ski Resort Tour with Ski Lesson
3 Days Alpensia Ski Resort PyeongchangTour
Gyeongju Historic Areas
Bulguksa Temple
Seokguram Grotto
Jeju Volcanic Island & Lava Tubes
Changdeokgung Palace
Jongmyo Shrine
Royal Tombs of
the Joseon Dynasty
Haeinsa Temple
Janggyeong Panjeon
Hwaseong Fortress
Gochang, Hwasun &
Ganghwa Dolmen Sites
Temple Stay
Master's Workshop Tour

Hwaseong Fortress - a splendid battlement with a sorrowful history

  A magnificent stronghold was built by an emperor at the end of the 18th century to house his beloved fathers remains.  
  When Emperor Joengjo of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910) moved his father's tomb to Suwon city at the end of the 18th century, he surrounded it with strong defensive works designed by an influential military architect of the period. He erected massive walls that extended for nearly 6km, bastions and artillery towers, all to protect and honor his fathers remains.  
  Hwaseong Fortress is an outstanding example of early modern military architecture. Embracing the busy downtown area of the present Suwon city (the capital of Gyeonggi province, some 30km south of Seoul), it embodies Jeongjo's devotion to his father and his ideals for a modern administrative and commercial center with stalwart defense.  
  Hwaseong Fortress is of magnificent size. It spreads out over a widely changing landscape, from high mountain ridges overlooking a crowded urban center to a flatland park to a bustling marketplace surrounded by a densely populated neighborhood. The fortress looks remarkably different from most other ancient town walls and military fortifications scattered across the country. It is notable not only for its diverse functions but also for its visual originality and technical innovation involved in its design and construction.  
  Visitors are permitted to stroll along the fortress, and one may imagine the hopes and ambitions of the emperor as he built this magnificent fortification to create a robust city and to shield and shelter his city's inhabitants from invaders. For those who are inclined to historical romance, his tragic childhood experience and his noble affection for his parents adds a remorseful color to the excursion along the stronghold, punctuated with crenels and merlons and highlighted by lofty watch towers and secret gates leading down to dark labyrinths.