SuwonSouth Korea

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Visit Suwon

Find UNESCO World Heritage-listed treasures and royal relics contrasted with a modern skyline in this city, famed as one of the last of its kind in South Korea.

Suwon is a historical landmark and the biggest city in the province of Gyeonggi. Almost entirely enclosed by 18th-century fortifications, Suwon’s city center showcases an astonishing fusion of old and new. Explore dazzling streets brimming with shops, venues and markets. Trace the city’s heritage back to the Joseon dynasty when you explore old city walls and fortified palace buildings, uncovering fascinating royal history and traditions as you go.

The UNESCO World Heritage-listed Hwaseong Fortress provides a remarkable introduction to Suwon. Seoul’s 18th-century ruler, King Jeongjo, constructed the fort as a military stronghold and shrine to his late father. Stroll along the city walls to discover fascinating military innovations used by the fort’s architects. Find the fort’s four gateways, which point in the cardinal compass points, as well as magnificent city views from the fort’s vantage points. Paldalmun Gate showcases the fort’s strategic design and today stands sentinel in the city’s heart. The fort’s cultural and historical significance is explained at the Suwon Hwaseong Museum. Gather insights into the city’s first ruler at King Jeongjo’s residence, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.

The city’s heritage listing has made it a sanctuary for architecture and centuries-old traditions. Explore local customs and cultures at the Korean Folk Village and the Suwon Cultural Foundation. Learn about the wider province at the Gyeonggi Provincial Museum. Despite Suwon’s rich history, the city is not stuck in the past. Cutting-edge technologies and innovative designs invented here are showcased at the Samsung Innovation Museum. Modern art takes center stage at the Nam June Paik Art Centre.

Suwon is a regional hub a short distance south of South Korea’s capital. Reach the city from Seoul in less than 45 minutes by train. Busan is about a 3-hour train ride away. Make a daytrip from Seoul to Suwon, with plenty to discover in this fascinating city. Alternatively, stay overnight within the old city walls and experience the hum of Suwon’s downtown district.

Where to stay in Suwon

Dongtan
Dongtan, Hwaseong, South Korea

Dongtan

Known for Skyscrapers, Coffee, Dining

4.5/5(21 reviews)

You'll appreciate the restaurants during your time in Dongtan and you might want to plan a stop by Korean Folk Village and Gyeonggi Children Museum while you're in the area.

Songpa
Olympic Park which includes a river or creek, a city and a fountain

Songpa

Known for Scenery, Shopping, Theme Parks

4.5/5(64 reviews)

Travelers choose Songpa for its abundant dining options. Hop aboard the metro at Songpa Station or National Police Hospital Station and check out top sights like Lotte World.

Jung-gu
Wolmi Traditional Park which includes a park, a pond and a sunset

Jung-gu

Known for Golf, Islands, Sunrises

4/5(529 reviews)

Noted for its coffeehouses and seaside views, there's plenty to explore in Jung-gu. Top attractions like Incheon Bridge and Port of Incheon are major draws, and you can hop on the metro at Incheon International Airport Station or Incheon international Airport Cargo Terminal Station to see more of the city.

Bundang-gu
Had some delicious donkkaseu with rice and curry. If you haven't tried donkkaseu, DO!
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Bundang-gu

Known for Culture, Aquariums, Libraries

4.5/5(18 reviews)

Check out the riverfront while you're in Bundang-gu. Hop on the metro at Sunae Station and Jeongja Station to see top sights like Jeongja Cafe Street and Bundang Sports Center.

Ingye-dong
Suwon showing a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

Ingye-dong

4/5(10 reviews)

While you're in Ingye-dong, take in top sights like Suwon City Hall and jump on the metro at Suwon City Hall Station to see more of the city.

Giheung-gu
This village is set up in a natural environment, occupying about 245 acres. You can see over 260 traditional houses reminiscent of the late Joseon Dynasty, which lasted for five centuries.1392 l-1897!
Real houses from across the country were relocated and restored to create a replica of a village from the late Joseon period, which is pretty cool. 😊

If you’re a fan of K-dramas & Korean period films this should be part of your stop in Korea as it is one of the most popular filming locations... #koreanfolkvillage #culture
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Giheung-gu

Known for Museums, Culture, Theme Parks

4/5(3 reviews)

Well-liked for its restaurants and museums, Giheung-gu is worth a visit. Check out the variety of things to see and do like Korean Folk Village and Nam June Paik Art Center, and jump on the metro at Bojeong Station to get around the city.

Top Hotels in Suwon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Golden Tulip Ever Yongin
Golden Tulip Ever Yongin
3.5 out of 5
19-2, Jeondae-ro 78beon-gil, Pogok-eup, Cheoin-gu, Yongin, Gyeonggi
¥6,571
per night
Dec 10 - Dec 11

Situated in Yongin, this hotel is 1.8 mi (2.9 km) from Caribbean Bay and 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Everland. Korean Folk Village and Yangji Pine Ski Valley are also ...

4.2/5Very Good! (177 reviews)

"The counter staff are cordial and pleasant. The pizza restaurant nearby — Pizza Maru serves the cheesiest and yummiest pizza ever. Ediya Coffee within the hotel premise at Level 1 is peaceful. Free shuttle to Everland, so it’s convenient too :)"…"

Reviewed on Oct 31, 2019

Golden Tulip Ever Yongin
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
4.5 out of 5
902, Dukyoung-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi
¥10,038
per night
Dec 13 - Dec 14

Located in Paldal-gu, this luxury hotel is 1.1 mi (1.8 km) from Hwaseong Fortress and within 3 mi (5 km) of Hwaseong Palace and Suwon City Hall. Suwon Baseball ...

4.4/5Excellent! (561 reviews)
Disappointed

"They didnt turn on the air conditioning to the room until the front desk was called at 2am. The desk explained that the hotel would turn on the air con in a few minutes to the room, and at 5am the room reached 19c. It is frustrating not having full control of the air con and the room stayed 26c most ..."…"

Reviewed on Sep 2, 2019

Novotel Ambassador Suwon
ibis Suwon Ambassador
ibis Suwon Ambassador
3.5 out of 5
132, Kwonkwang-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi
¥5,612
per night
Dec 27 - Dec 28

Located in Ingye-dong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Suwon City Hall and Gyeonggi Arts Center. Hyowon Park and KBS Suwon Drama Center are also within ...

3.8/5Good! (468 reviews)

"The breakfast was not good for us because there was not the soup it matches with the rice. And there chef not kind for us. When I close the Window it did not working . So I purpose them change the room but the other room, the bathroom was not good.They did not know their facilities good or not good. ..."…"

Reviewed on Jul 21, 2019

ibis Suwon Ambassador

Popular things to do in Suwon

Everland
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Everland

4.5/5(60 reviews)

Escape to a wonderland of wild rides and waterslides at this colossal amusement park, where you can experience fun-filled festivals, futuristic adventures and a zoo.

Seoul Land
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Seoul Land

3.5/5(5 reviews)

Enjoy a trip to Seoul Land, a well-known attraction in Gwacheon. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this culturally-rich area.

Hwaseong Fortress
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Hwaseong Fortress

4.5/5(8 reviews)

Enter the imposing stone gateway that leads into this UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress and walk along the high ramparts for stunning city views.

Gwanggyo Lake Park
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Gwanggyo Lake Park

Explore the great outdoors at Gwanggyo Lake Park, a lovely green space in Suwon. Make some time to visit the theme park while you're in the area.

Korean Folk Village
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Korean Folk Village

4/5(6 reviews)

Bring your family to Korean Folk Village and have a fun-filled day at this theme park in Yongin. Amble around the area's parks or experience its museums.

Jeongja Cafe Street
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Jeongja Cafe Street

During your trip to Seongnam, you can find the perfect gifts to bring home at Jeongja Cafe Street. Discover the area's entertainment venues and aquarium.

Top activities in Suwon

Yongin MBC Dramia & Korean Folk Village Tour
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Yongin MBC Dramia & Korean Folk Village Tour

¥11,118

On this full-day tour, observe the culture of Korea's past as you take a guided tour of Yongin MBC Dramia and walk through a living museum that replicates ancient Korea, the Korean Folk Village. Delight in the warm atmosphere and relish a delicious Korean lunch along the way.

Korean Folk Village Morning Tour
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Korean Folk Village Morning Tour

¥6,022

Immerse yourself in Korean Folk Village, a living exhibition of history and culture, on this morning tour. Explore the famous museum with your experienced guide, browse collections of centuries-old artifacts, and indulge in unique local flavors from different regions across the country.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Night View Tour from Seoul
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Night View Tour from Seoul

¥7,664

Explore a piece of Korean history in a unique light on this night tour of the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Discover the site in the serene, mysterious peace of the evening, learning about its ingenious construction and significance throughout the years.

Everland Theme Park Tickets & Transfer
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Everland Theme Park Tickets & Transfer

¥7,412

Experience the wonder of Everland, one of the world's largest theme parks. Explore 5 themed areas to find thrilling rides, animal-petting sessions, up-close encounters with great cats, America's Wild West, as well as a town filled with European architecture and design.

Korean Folk Village Afternoon Tour
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Korean Folk Village Afternoon Tour

¥5,559

Step back in time to the reign of the Joseon Dynasty, witnessing Korean life during this period firsthand at the Minsok Korean Folk Village. Tour this living museum for a look at traditional homes, household items from different regions, and Koran food and clothing from a bygone era.

Private Van Tour to Hwaseong Fortress & Korean Folk Village (Up to 10 or 16 pax)
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Private Van Tour to Hwaseong Fortress & Korean Folk Village (Up to 10 or 16 pax)

¥4,790

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Hwaseong Fortress, 910, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi-do 16253 South Korea Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is a designated UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site.

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