SuwonSouth Korea

4.1/5Top Destination

Escape to Suwon! Enjoy its theme park, culture, and UNESCO site.

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.

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Theme Parks, Culture and Adventure

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Where to stay in Suwon

Gangnam
Gangnam featuring outdoor art

Gangnam

Known for Shopping, Dining, Cafes

4.5/5(539 reviews)

Gangnam is highly notable for its popular shops, and you might want to visit top sights like Seonjeongneung Royal Tombs and COEX Convention and Exhibition Center. See more of Yangjae 2-dong by jumping on the metro at Guryong Station or Gaepo-dong Station.

Jung-gu
Wolmido featuring outdoor art

Jung-gu

Known for Golf, Islands, Sunrises

4/5(482 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.

Songpa
Gyeonggi featuring a city and heritage elements

Songpa

Known for Scenery, Shopping, Theme Parks

4.5/5(51 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.

Seocho-gu
Seocho-gu featuring a bridge, a river or creek and modern architecture

Seocho-gu

Known for Shopping, Skyscrapers, Dining

4.5/5(26 reviews)

This riverside district of Seoul is packed with exciting places for discovering South Korean culture, including museums, galleries and theaters.  

Dongtan
Dongtan, Hwaseong, South Korea

Dongtan

Known for Skyscrapers, Coffee, Dining

4.5/5(15 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.

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

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.

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
¥6,609
per night
Oct 27 - Oct 28

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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (134 reviews)

"It's so good. Near everland. It has two Parking area. One is under the building. Two is outside."…"

Reviewed on Jun 30, 2019

Golden Tulip Ever Yongin
Ramada by Wyndham Yongin
Ramada by Wyndham Yongin
3.5 out of 5
356-6 Jeondar-ri, Pokok-eup, Yongin, Gyeonggi
¥6,180
per night
Nov 10 - Nov 11

Situated in Yongin, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Samsung Transportation Museum, Everland, and Caribbean Bay. Hoam Art Museum is 2.4 mi (3.8 km) away.

4.1/5Very Good! (209 reviews)

"Good for all except lack of parking space."…"

Reviewed on Jun 7, 2019

Ramada by Wyndham Yongin
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
Novotel Ambassador Suwon
4.5 out of 5
902, Dukyoung-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon, Gyeonggi
¥10,097
per night
Oct 25 - Oct 26

Situated in Suwon, 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! (532 reviews)

"A perfect place for a quiet, leisurely stay. The staffs were very friendly and the bedding was clean and comfortable."…"

Reviewed on Jul 20, 2019

Novotel Ambassador Suwon

Popular things to do in Suwon

Everland
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Everland

4.5/5(59 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 vibrant area.

Hwaseong Fortress
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Hwaseong Fortress

4.5/5(7 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.

Top activities in Suwon

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

¥10,708

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

¥5,889

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 Tour
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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress Night Tour

¥7,495

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

¥7,138

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

¥5,354

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.

MBC Dae Jang Geum Park Historical Drama Set Half-Day Tour
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MBC Dae Jang Geum Park Historical Drama Set Half-Day Tour

¥8,030

Travel back in time and experience movie magic as you step onto the set of historical dramas filmed at MBC Dramia. You might even catch a glimpse of South Korean celebrities during live filming as you visit traditional villages, palaces, and fortresses—all built for use in period and costume dramas.

Reviews of Suwon

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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

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Mar 4, 2019

Plan for a long commute from the airport!

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