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Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon, South Korea

Suwon is a city of over 1,000,000 people just south of Seoul, South Korea.  For me though, its most notable feature is the massive wall that once encompassed the entire city.

Hwaseong Fortress at night.

The Hwaseong Fortress was built in 1796 by King Jeongjo to house the remains of his father, Prince Sado, who had been murdered by his father King Yeongjo, who locked him alive in a rice chest after Prince Sado refused to follow his father’s order to commit suicide.  I suspect it also helped serve to protect the city from the constant threat of Japanese invasions.

Macabre history aside, the Fortress is now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  Its main advantage for fitness buffs though, lies in its usage as a running track.  Roughly 5.7 kilometers of prime wall-top running and walking track will take you past pagodas and palaces, and give you a great view of the urban skyscrapers and sprawl that has now extended well beyond the boundaries of the Fortress wall.  Not to mention, you get to run on top of a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

Small pagoda on top of the wall.

When you’re in Suwon, make sure you grab your walking shoes and head for some exercise at the Hwaseong Fortress.

5 comments on “Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon, South Korea

  1. adventurewithmk
    August 13, 2012

    Sounds like a great run!

    • bucketdave
      August 13, 2012

      You’re absolutely right. It does sound like a great run. Unfortunately I couldn’t complete it because I was a guest of someone else at the time. When I go back I’m going to run the whole length of the wall. Thanks for your comment too. I love your blog. Everyone should check it out (wink wink). Please consider being a guest contributor for my blog in the future. Thanks.

  2. hariqhuang
    August 26, 2012

    How do you get to take the photos at night? Do they let visitors in after the sunset?

    • bucketdave
      August 26, 2012

      Short answer: Yes! I’m not exactly sure about the specifics hours, because I was visiting a friend who took me there. Basically though, we just drove over and walked up on top of the walls, and no one stopped us.

      • hariqhuang
        August 27, 2012

        Ha ha ha
        I was wondering because I did not see any other visitors in the photos! 😀
        It simply looked too “quiet”!

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