After my last post about the capital of Korea, Seoul, I would now like to introduce you to Suwon, one of the neighboring cities. Suwon is located about fifty kilometers south of Seoul and is the capital of the province of Gyeonggi-do. It can be easily reached from Seoul by subway line 1 or bus. You will again escape the usual traffic chaos on the streets and it is cheap and quite relaxing but also exciting because you can see a lot, at least when you take the bus.

The cities merge seamlessly so that one can easily lose orientation. The bus takes about an hour. There are plenty of accommodation options in the region. Once you get there, there are so many sights to visit. The Hwaseong Fortress, which was built at the end of the 18th century and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is certainly a must, as is the folklore village. A walk on the fortress wall of Hwaseong Fortress with a visit to the fortifications should not be missed. There are great motifs for taking photos in the Dobok! If you arrive there early in the morning, you are still relatively alone there. Pictures at the four city gates or the seven water gates are also highly recommended. You can also visit Fort Paldalmun and the Hwaseong Palace. If you want to fortify yourself in between, there is a great opportunity in the countless small restaurants in front of the fortress wall. If you want to do sports, you can do so in Korean archery within the fortress walls.

You should plan a whole day for the fortress so that you can visit everything in peace. Another day should be estimated for the Korean folklore village. Here you can experience life in the Joseon period. You feel like you are back in time because not only the buildings can be visited but also life in all areas is shown. You can see farmers, traditional weddings, acrobats and much more. Delicious food is also available in the village and a plethora of souvenir shops. These are the two must-see points of interest for me in Suwon. I hope you enjoy discovering this city, which is always on my itinerary. Until next time!

Jens Wilke (jw)
Jens Wilke
7.DAN Hapkido (KHCA), Präsident Korea Hapkido Center Association Germany 7.Dan Taekwondo (Jidokwan), 6.Dan Taekwondo (Kukkiwon) 13.Khan Muaythai,International Referee and ITO IFMA