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Scenic Beauty Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, where tradition and modernity are mixed


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Riding a time machine to palaces and fortress walls of the Joseon Dynasty, Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, where tradition and modernity are mixed

Hwaseong Fortress and Temporary Palace are places that are best for taking wedding selfies with hanbok, the traditional clothes of Korea. This is the highlight of the Joseon fortress walls and the most beautiful temporary palace in Joseon, with every corner serving as photo zones for wedding selfies. The best and only method for enjoying these places is walking, so take a slow walk along them to begin taking romantic wedding selfies.

Left:  A couple on Korean traditional clothes is enjoying an open view of Suwon from Hwaseong Fortress. / Right: an entrance of Hwaseong Temporary Palace. 

Information on Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace)

-Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

-Inquiries: +82-31-290-3600

-Opening Hours: Summer season (March-October) 9:00-18:00 / Winter season (November-February) 9:00-17:00

-Closed on: Open all year round

-Admission: General - KRW 1,500 / Youth - KRW 1,000 / Children - KRW 700

-Parking Information: 18, Haenggung-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

KRW 2,000 for 3 hours / KRW 10,000 for a full day

-Website: http://www.swcf.or.kr/english/?p=35

Tips for enjoying Hwaseong Fortress!
① Hot air balloon, Flying Suwon can be ridden at Changnyongmun Gate in Hwaseong Fortress. It is operated 365 days a year from morning till night. Ride it to look down the entire Hwaseong Fortress.


-Address: 697, Gyeongsu-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

-Inquiries: +82-31-247-1300

-Opening Hours: 9:00-22:00

-Closed on: Open all year round

-Admission: General - KRW 18,000 / Youth - KRW 17,000 / Children - KRW 15,000/ Suwon citizens - KRW 15,000 (10% discount for groups with 20 people or more)

*Not operated on days with bad weather. Check before visiting.


Hwaseong Royal Vehicle

You can move around Hwaseong Fortress using Hwaseong Royal Vehicle. You can change vehicles with a single ticket, so it’s the best transportation for touring here.


-Address: Yeonmudae Ticket Booth – 105, Changnyong-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

Paldalsan Ticket Booth – 228, Paldalsan-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si

-Inquiries: Yeonmudae Ticket Booth +82-31-228-4686

Paldalsan Ticket Booth +82-31-228-4683

-Opening Hours: 9:50-17:15

-Closed on: Mondays

-Admission: General - KRW 3,000 (KRW 2,400 per head for groups of 20 or more) / Soldiers and youth - KRW 2,000 (KRW 1,600 per head for groups) / Children - KRW 1,000 (KRW 800 per head for groups)

-Website: http://www.swcf.or.kr/english/?p=13&mode=view&idx=335&rIdx=99999203


-Routes of circulation for Hwaseong Royal Vehicle

Yeonmudae → Hwaheongmun → Janganmun → Hwaseomun → Paldalsan → Hwaseong Temporary Palace → Paldalmun Traditional Market → Suwon Hwaseong Museum → Yeonmudae


-Stations for Hwaseong Royal Vehicle

Hwaseomun, Hwahongmun, Hwaseong Museum (Fried-chicken Street), Paldalmun (traditional market), Hwaseong Temporary Palace

*Check the website for operating hours.

*Schedule may be changed according to weather conditions and vehicle repairs.



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Wedding Selfie Point
1. Take hanbok wedding selfies at the temporary palace of Joseon Dynasty

The first course of wedding selfies begins at Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress. Thanks to the filial love and special affection of King Jeongjo for his father, Hwaseong Temporary Palace was created as the biggest and most beautiful palace among the multiple temporary palaces built as royal villas. The large square is the first thing that will greet you once you arrive at Hwaseong Temporary Palace. It’s the Hwaseong Temporary Palace Square where various performances, exhibitions, and cultural events are held. Looking around Hwaseong Temporary Palace Square you can reach Sinpungnu Gate, the main gate of Hwaseong Temporary Palace. Sinpungnu Gate boasts of the splendor of the Temporary Palace, which is a microcosm of Gyeongbokgung Palace, the main palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Here at Sinpungnu Gate, which earned its name for being the homeland of King Jeongjo, take beautiful photos with hanbok just like you went back to the time of Joseon.

A couple stands looking straight on Korean traditional clothes in front of the wall of Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress.  


Wedding Selfie Point 2. Walk hand-in-hand along the gentle road by the fortress wall

Slowly walk along the stairs next to the parking lot of Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, and you’ll arrive at Seonodae Platform of Paldalsan Mountain, the highest place of Hwaseong Fortress. Standing here, you’ll be able to see not only the Temporary Palace but also the large gates in four directions, fortress walls with length of 5.4km, various military facilities, as well as the grand scenery of Suwon that affords a view of downtown Suwon, offering the harmony of traditional and modern. The road that leads from here to Hwaseomun Gate is a downhill walk, so it’s best to take a light stroll. You can whisper your love while walking hand-in-hand or imagine the future you will make together. The scene of walking along the road by the fortress wall in hanbok is like a beautiful painting by itself without any special directing.

A couple on the Korean traditional clothes is walking along the fortress.  

Wedding Selfie Point 3. Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion, the most beautiful place in Hwaseong

Dongbukgangnu Pavilion, which has the most beautiful scenery among the 4 gangnu (pavilion) in Hwaseong, is so stunning that it earned its name “Banghwasuryujeong,” which means “Looking for flowers and playing along the willows.” The scenery of the artificial lake Yongyeon and weeping willows as seen from Banghwasuryujeong is the highlight of the wedding photo shoot in Hwaseong Fortress, which will make you take a seat and just relax without any cares. After taking in the splendid scenery around the lake and Hwahongmun Gate with 7 rainbow-shaped floodgates, start walking toward Janganmun Gate along the external road, not inside the fortress wall. It gives you a different feel of height from the inside, making you take different photos with the background of the fortress wall that contains traces of time.

A couple standing next to the pond at the Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion under the huge tree.  

It item – Floral shoes

Floral shoes, which are lent when taking photos in hanbok, have pretty shapes and color, so they are good items to take photos of by themselves. Just taking photos of the groom’s and the bride’s shoes, and bouquet reminds you fluttering memories of the first night.

Two beautiful Korean traditional shoes lie on the grass with small flower bouquets.

Must see – Hwaseo Park

If you came down to Hwaseomun Gate, don’t go right away to Janganmun Gate, but stop by Hwaseo Park outside Hwaseomun Gate. While it provides beautiful natural scenery throughout the four seasons, the flame grass in autumn is the best. How about taking photos of the groom and the bride shyly kissing one another with the background of Seobukgangnu Pavilion that rises high above the white flame grass like snow in October?A part of Hwaseo Park outside Hwaseomun Gate.


Must try – Marriage Proposal

The moment of proposal cannot be missed when taking wedding selfies. Just as the origin of wedding bouquet comes from men proposing by picking wildflowers, act out a scene of proposing by kneeling down and giving a bundle of flowers. It will remain as one of the most meaningful photos for the couple.

A man is proposing to a woman with a small bunch of flowers in front of the walls of the big rocks.  



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Linked Course

Haenggung-dong Mural Village – Haenggung-dong Workshop Street ‒ Gwanggyo Lake Park


① Haenggung-dong Mural Village
An art workshop building with a beautiful mural in Haenggung-dong Mural Village. 

A village created from mural works by residents, artists, and civic groups. You can see paintings by popular artists and take rests in cafés located throughout the village.

-Address: Mural Village in Buksu-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do


Haenggung-dong Workshop Street
A part of the Haenggung-dong Workshop Street with cute wooden props and bench.  

A small alley beside Hwaseong Temporary Palace, which has streets lined with artists’ workshops for experiencing and watching metal crafts and cloisonne crafts.

-Address: In the vicinity of Namchang-dong, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

*For contact information and holidays, make inquiries at individual workshops.


Gwanggyo Lake Park

An open view of Gwanggyo Lake Park.

Korea’s largest lake park in the new city of Gwanggyo. Provides various experiential programs and environmentally friendly spaces, serving as a good place for playing and taking a rest.

-Address: 102, Gwanggyohosugongwon-ro, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

-Inquiries: +82-70-7776-5001

-Website: http://www.gglakepark.or.kr (Korean only)

*Check the website for various programs and reservation information.


[Transportation for Linked Course]

Haenggung-dong Mural Village - Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) ‒ Haenggung-dong Workshop Street ‒ Gwanggyo Lake Park

Haenggung-dong Mural Village - Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) 

Walk to Hwaseong Fortress (approx. 7minutes | approx. 513m)

②Hwaseong Fortress (Hwaseong Temporary Palace) - Haenggung-dong Workshop Street

Walk to Haenggung-dong Workshop Street (approx. 5minutes | approx. 394m)

③Haenggung-dong Workshop Street -> Gwanggyo Lake Park

Take Bus 34 and get off at Gwanggyo Hoban Village Entrance Bus Stop (approx. 35 minutes)  or Take a taxi to Gwanggyo Lake Park (approx. 6.1km | approx. 20 minutes)