5/5 - Excellent
Verified travelerOct 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
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.
Theme Parks, Culture and Adventure
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.
Enjoy a trip to Seoul Land, a well-known attraction in Gwacheon. Stroll along the riverfront or visit the shops in this vibrant area.
Enter the imposing stone gateway that leads into this UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress and walk along the high ramparts for stunning city views.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Verified travelerMar 4, 2019
Plan for a long commute from the airport!