Hwaseong Fortress

Hwaseong Again

Finding Haenggung Road

The traffic on the way in was as hectic as expected for a Saturday afternoon. We eventually managed to park the car, and then we wandered out into the afternoon.

In front of the old palace that sat in the centre of the city fortress, stalls had been set up for some occasion that were mostly selling snacks and bric-a-brac, or were flaunting some flyers for some form of a healthier lifestyle. We picked our way through it, stretching our necks to see what all the fuss was over at certain stalls and helping ourselves to free samples, but all the time veering to the shadier side of aisles in between the lines of white canopied stalls.


Destination: Hwaseong Haenggung (Suwon, Gyeonggi-do)

Suwon is quite proud of its Hwaseong Fortress, and rightfully so. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage, and the biggest tourist draw to the area. A place not as visited by the tourists is the nearby Hwaseong Haenggung (수원화성행궁) – a detached palace that was also used as both a government office and a retreat for the king. First built in 1789 and completed in 1796, the palace was reconstructed a bit more recently. Above is part of the open-air plaza with a huge glimpse at the number of people used in the ceremonies.


Suwon's Hwaseong fortress - or - take that, Robert Koehler!

Robert Koehler inspires me. His recently-started travelog features some gorgeous photos of some well-known Korean destinations give me something to work toward. Definitely a source of travel ideas if you're looking for some more places to check out. Oh, and the Marmot's Hole has me beat on Alexa's web-ranking service (one of the only K-blogs that I've seen in the top 50,000)

Although my evening was cut short by a malfunctioning camera, I was able to get a few shots of Hwaseong Fortress at night. Since I've already covered the area, it's time to stop typing and start enjoying the photos:


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