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, Hwaseong, South Korea

Dongtan

4.5/5Wonderful!(21 area 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.

Dongtan
Olympic Park showing landscape views, a garden and a city

Songpa

4.5/5Wonderful!(68 area 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.

Songpa
Wolmi Traditional Park which includes a park, a pond and a sunset

Jung-gu

4/5Very Good!(563 area 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.

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

Bundang-gu

4.5/5Wonderful!(18 area 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.

Bundang-gu
Suwon featuring a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

Paldal-gu

3.5/5Good!(3 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Paldal-gu, check out sights like Hwaseong Fortress or Paldalmun Gate and hop on the metro to see more the city at Suwon City Hall Station or Hwaseo Station.

Paldal-gu
Suwon showing a statue or sculpture and heritage elements

Ingye-dong

4/5Very Good!(13 area 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.

Ingye-dong

Top Hotels in Suwon

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
4.5 out of 5
902, Dukyoung-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi
¥10,761
per night
Jan 26 - Jan 27

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! (583 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
¥5,785
per night
Feb 22 - Feb 23

Located in Paldal-gu, 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! (477 reviews)

"Convenient location, walking distance to subway station. Staff are helpful and well conversant in English."…"

Reviewed on Oct 1, 2019

ibis Suwon Ambassador
Somerset Central Bundang
Somerset Central Bundang
3.5 out of 5
36, Hwangsaeul-ro 311beon-gil, Bundang-gu, Seongnam, Gyeonggi-do
¥10,347
per night
Feb 2 - Feb 3

Located in Bundang-gu, this hotel is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Bundang Sports Center and within 3 mi (5 km) of Seongnam Arts Center and Yuldong Park. Jeongja Cafe ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (479 reviews)

"Very clean. Friendly and helpful staff. Reasonably priced."…"

Reviewed on Oct 15, 2019

Somerset Central Bundang

Popular things to do in Suwon

Everland
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Everland

4.5/5(61 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

4/5(1 review)

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

¥11,126

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

¥5,945

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

¥7,660

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

¥7,551

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

¥5,563

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.

Chosun Picnic Day Tour - Korean Folk Village
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Chosun Picnic Day Tour - Korean Folk Village

¥5,472

Itinerary Chosun Picnic Day Tour - Korean Folk Village Route Duration: 10 hours Stops on the Chosun Picnic Day Tour - Korean Folk Village : Suwon Hwaseong Fortress 88 - Nammun Traditional market Korean Folk Village Attractions on the Chosun Picnic Da

Reviews of Suwon

4.1

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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4 - Good
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4 - Good 35.483870967741936%
3 - Okay
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3 - Okay 16.129032258064516%
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5/5 - Excellent

Cho

Dec 24, 2019

I know Suwon well. It's exciting and dynamic. Hwasung fortress, events are always held up there and there are many nice eateries and tea places. You can even learn how to make Korean traditional art and crafts.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 19, 2019

Good introduction to korea

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 6, 2019

Beautiful interesting historical City

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 14, 2019

Suwon is a great place to visit. There are several historical landmarks to visit and local markets will keep you busy. I enjoyed this city

4/5 - Good

Rena

Jul 8, 2019

The Rail bikes were the best. Very hot during the summer months but fun!!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Apr 4, 2019

Hwaseong Fortress was a great site. I recommend hiking around the perimeter wall. I see why it's a UNESCO World Heritage Site. SIM, Samsung Innovation Museum is also an interesting place. You need to make a reservation for a tou, but it's pretty cool

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