Suwon Hwaseong Fortress


Address  11 Haenggungro Paldalgu Suwonsi
Telephone  +82-31-228-4677

Operating Hours :  

09:00 – 18:00 (Mar~Oct Ticketing 09:00 – 17:00) After 18:00 Free
09:00 – 17:00 (Nov – Feb Ticketing 09:00 – 16:00) After 17:00 Free

Admission Fee

Adult Youth Child
Individual 1,000 won 700 won 500 won

Integrated Viewing Information

Suwon Hwaseong, Hwaseong Haenggung(Temporary Palace), Suwon Museum, Suwon Hwaseong Museum 4 types of tickets

tde Museum closes on tde first Monday of each montd on which tde Integrated Tickets cannot be purchased

Price List

Integrated Ticket Individual Ticket
Children Youth and Military Soldiers Adults Children Youtd and Military Soldiers Adults
Individual 800 won 2,000 won 3,500 won 1,200 won 3,800 won 6,500 won
Group(Minimum of 20 people) 600 won 1,200 won 2,000 won 800 won 2,300 won 3,900 won

Hwaseong Trolley Price Information

Classification Children Youth and Military Soldiers Adults
Individual 700 won 1,100 won 1,500 won
Group (Minimum of 20 people) 550 won 850 won 1,200 won
Seniors (65years and above) 750 won

Experiencing Traditional Korean Archery Price Information

Classification Experience session Price
Individual 1 Session 10 Rounds : 2,000 won

The Bell of Hyowon Ringing Experience Price Information

Classification The-Bell Price No. of Sessions No. of Rings
1~2 person(s) 1,000 won 1 session 3 times
3~4 people 2,000 won 1 session 3 times

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Hwaseong (Brilliant Castle/ Fortress) is the wall surrounding the centre of Suwon, the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. This fortress was built from 1794 to 1796 by King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty to house and honour the remains of his father Prince Sado, who had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo after failing to obey the command to commit suicide. Located 30 kilometres (19 mi) south of Seoul and enclosing much of central Suwon, the Fortress includes King Jeongjo’s palace Haenggung. The site was designated as a World Heritage site by the UNESCO in 1997. The Suwoncheon, the main stream in Suwon, flows through the centre of the fortress.

Construction of Hwaseong

Later, during the Joseon Dynasty, King Jeongjo made an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to make Suwon the nation’s capital in 1796. Part of this project was the construction of Hwaseong Fortress, a fortified wall running around the entire city partially intended to guard the tomb of his father, Prince Sado, which he had located there.

The walls were one of Korea’s first examples of paid labour, (corvéelabour being common previously). The walls still exist today, though they (together with the fortress) were damaged severely during the Korean War.

Hwaseong originally was constructed under the guidance of philosopher JeongYag-yong. Shortly after the death of King Jeongjo (1800), a white paper detailing the construction of the fortress was published. This proved invaluable during its reconstruction in the 1970s.

The fortress walls once encircled the entire city, but modern urban growth has seen the city spread out far beyond the fortress. The walls are now a designated UNESCO World Heritage site,[8] and often are used in materials promoting the city.



Suwon has several stations on Seoul Subway Line 1, which runs North-South through the city, namely Sungkyunkwan University, Hwaseo, Suwon and Seryu. The Bundang Line also crosses Suwon East-West, terminating at Suwon, and the Suin Line connecting Suwon Station to Incheon is under construction. Until 1973, the Suryo Line also connected Suwon to Yeoju.

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