Friday, July 09, 2010

Day Trip to Suwon

The other day (during our 4 day weekend), we took a trip to a town called Suwon. It took us about 45 minutes to drive there... lots of stop lights and traffic along the way, it wouldn't be
Korea if there wasn't. We parked by the World Cup Stadium (we'll have to explore that in the future as well, didn't have enough time) and it was a quick walk over to the walled city.

According to the wonderful "Lonely Planet-guide to Korea", Suwon is the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do, South Korea. The faithfully restore fortress of Hwaseong (yes we saw folks working on it when we were there) draws tourists from around the globe. It was built between 1794 and 1796 during the reign of King Jeongjo and has been designated a World Heritage site. We hiked around a "part" of the wall and explored the city some.... we were weenies, and couldn't tolerate doing the entire 5.7km stretch in the heat/humidity. Next time, for sure! We did manage to see some of the command posts, observation towers, and entrance gates... and took a break for a bit in one of the temples.

{Old city, meets new city}
{Break at the temple}

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