Suwon - FURTHER INFORMATION
Suwon - Suwon visitor guide showing a virtual tour of 'Suwon' linked to an interactive map with local and travel information. 360° panoramas from Gyeonggi-do.
Suwon is the provincial capital of Gyeonggi-do in South Korea. Traditionally known as 'The City of Filial Piety', Suwon has over a million inhabitants and is some 20 miles south of Seoul. Called 'Mosu-guk' in ancient times, Suwon has always played a part in the history of South Korea and due to the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is the most popular tourist destination in Gyeonggi-do.
As mentioned, local tourist attractions include the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, whose walls surround the center of Suwon. It was built between 1794 to 1796 and Suwon is now the only walled city in South Korea. The Suwoncheon stream flows through the middle of the fortress, which was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1997. The 5.74km long walls has 4 gates and within the fortress are over 40 remaining structures including turrets, watch towers, sentry posts and pavilions.
To the north of Suwon is Gwanggyosan mountain, which is the guardian mountain, or 'jinsan', giving the city a favourable location according to pungsu, the South Korean version of feng shui. It protects the city from cold northerly winds and is covered in dense forest, covered in snow during the winter. A popular trail leads up Gwanggyosan from Gwanggyo Reservoir. Foreigners sometime refer to the mountain as 'Gwanggyo'.
Other attractions include the Suwon Art Gallery, Agriculture Exhibition Hall and the Museum of Secular History. Locals flock to Woncheon Amusement Park, which covers almost 4km² with a water park, swimming pools and 2 reservoirs with over 300 boats. Manseok Park is also quite popular.
TRAVEL DIRECTIONS AND GETTING THERE
Bus: Intercity buses from Suwon Bus Terminal and West Suwon Bus Terminal.
Train: Suwon Station on the Gyeongbu railway line between Seoul and Busan.
Subway: Sungkyunkwan University, Hwaseo, Suwon and Seryu Stations on the Seoul Subway Line 1.