Time to travel to another city! This was supposed to be the beginning of Suwon-Jechon-Gyeongju… more to be explained later.
With my dad still feeling unwell, we took the subway to Suwon to see the Hwaseong fortress. It is a well known architecture and visited by many Koreans, but not as well known by tourists.
Until now, we have only been traveling by subway or taxi in Seoul. We got to try out buses in Suwon.
The famous Hwaseong Fortress! Surrounds the city of Suwon. It was built in the late 1700s. It is another UNESCO World Heritage site. It was very tall and large. This was one of the main gates.
The walls still exist to this day and have blended in with modern buildings.
We would’ve loved to check out the market, but we were still tired from the previous day of walking all day long. Unfortunately, no stop here, we moved on.
This is a modernized and recently added flood gates. We followed the river/creek to the Suwon museum.
We weren’t sure what was wrong with my dad at this point. We thought it was a cold that may have turned into the flu. He was running fevers all day.
It had detailed history and records of how the walls were built. Also, it was overrun by children on a field trip.
Records of how the wall was built were kept very well since the 1700s. You can also see how the lookout tower was inside.
I love the spring time in Korea, everything is so colorful!!
With my dad feeling tired and sick, we decided to venture out ourselves to more parts of the wall.
There were lots of people everywhere! I guess it’s a popular field trip destination.
As you can see, people arrive by the bus loads. We walked around the wall to the other side.
Couldn’t go inside, but I got to marvel at how huge the towers were.
Secondary function was used as a training camp grounds.
This is the furthest we made. My feet were so sore and tired, we decided to head back to the museum.
This is how big it is, we only made it to the right side of the creek/river. One day we shall return and get the entire tour.