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Activity Car-Free BMW Travel Course [Suwon]

WriterAdministratorDate07/08/2018

an image of flying suwon and ' fly up to the sky in a hot-air ballon' is written.
 

Quick View of the Course

an image of tourist attractions on the Gyeongbu line.





 

* To reach the square of the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, take a bus (No.35, No.46, or No.999) from the Suwon Station Bus Stop near Exit 10 of Suwon Station, get off at the bus stop at the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, and walk for 5 minutes. Another way to get there or to Janganmun Gate from Suwon Station is by taxi, which costs about KRW 4,000 to 5,000.

* After the Korean archery experience at Yeonmudae Post, take a bus (#999, #400, or #2-2) at Changnyongmun Gate / Yeonmudae bus stop to return to Suwon Station. It takes about 20 minutes by taxi, and costs KRW 5,000 to 6,000.

 

Recommendation!

* Are you looking for thrills and excitement or a novel experience?

* Are you looking for a special tour of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress?

 

Intro

There are various ways to look around Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. First, you could take a ride in a Velotaxi with a special guide and enjoy a leisurely look around every corner of the fortress. Or you could fly in a hot-air balloon to get a fantastic bird’s-eye view of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Then again, you could just walk along the fortress trail to enjoy really impressive views of the fortress.

In particular, Flying Suwon is an exotic attraction that offers tourists an opportunity to enjoy a unique experience by flying in a hot-air balloon over Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. While walking along the fortress trail, you will come across many pleasant resting places such as Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Changnyongmun Gate, as well as various food streets including Suwon Fried Chicken Street and Jidong Market, where you can enjoy lots of delicious foods and snacks.

a photo of Flying Suwon over the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. 


Highlights

  • Fly in a balloon over Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.

  • Ride a Velotaxi around Suwon Hwaseong Fortress with a driver to guide you.

  • Enjoy fried whole chicken at Suwon Fried Chicken Street.

    a beautiful of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress with lights at night.  

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Course 1.

Velotaxi, an eco-friendly electric bicycle with cultural tourism interpretation

 

A Velotaxi, which looks like a cross between a rickshaw and a bicycle, is an electric tour bicycle whose driver provides cultural tourism interpretation. This eco-friendly tour program takes two passengers to every corner of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress on a ride lasting about 1 hour. Passengers can take advantage of the special cultural interpretation service just for two of them by asking the driver some questions whenever they want, and get off and take photos at major sites having enough time while listening to explanations and interesting stories about the cultural heritages of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. Velotaxi offers a total of 5 courses; 3 courses departing from the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress and 2 courses departing from Hwahongmun Gate. Why not take a relaxing tour in a charming Velotaxi to fully appreciate the magnificent Suwon Hwaseong Fortress?

People taking Velo-TAXI to look around Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. 

 

Travel Information

- Address : Square of the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress / Hwahongmun Gate Ticket Office

- Tel: Temporary Palace at the Hwaseong Fortress Ticket Office +82-31-228-4683, Hwahongmun Gate Ticket Office +82-31-248-3540

- Period: March ~ November

- Opening Hours: 09:30-16:30 (7 times / day)

- Fare: Weekends and Holidays - KRW 14,000 per Velotaxi / Weekdays - KRW 10,000 per Velotaxi * One Velotaxi can carry two passengers.

 

 

Course 2.

Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, a beautiful palace at the foot of Paldalsan Hill

The Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress with a magnificent and large scale among others is the place where King Jeongjo stayed when he visited Hyeollyungwon, the tomb of his father Crown Prince Sado. This unmissable destination offers various interesting programs as well as significant historical and cultural sites. Why not enjoy a visit to the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress as follows: first, if you visit the palace at the weekend, you should not miss the performance of the 24 Martial Arts; second, you can double the fun of the trip with the Stamp Tour!; and third, you can try interesting the hands-on programs - such as ceramics making and wearing traditional Korean clothes - that are always available at weekends.

A part of indoor of Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress with autumn leaves in the background.  

 Travel Information

- Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
- Tel: +82-31-290-3600
- Opening Hours: Summer Season - 09:00~18:00, Winter Season - 09:00~17:00
- Admission: Adults – KRW 1,500, Soldiers & Youth – KRW 1,000, Elementary School Students - KRW 700


Course 3.

 

 

Suwon Fried Chicken Street, the place to go for a delicious fried whole chicken!

Suwon has a must-try fried chicken spot called Fried Chicken Street, which is lined with lots of great fried chicken restaurants around Paldalmun Gate. At nighttime the street’s always bustling with people who come for some delicious fried chicken, and some of the best and most popular restaurants have been featured by the national media. The huge iron pots in which whole chicken are fried are guaranteed to arouse people’s curiosity.
 

A plate of Fried-chicken with a glass of beer.



Course 4.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, learn about and share the dream of King Jeongjo

The Namsumun Gate of Suwoncheon Stream is located near Fried Chicken Street. From this point to Changnyongmun Gate is a good walking path to overlook Suwon City along the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. It takes quite a long time to walk around the whole fortress which is about 5.4 km in total, but this route to Changnyongmun Gate only takes about 20 minutes. You can fully appreciate this fabulous World Cultural Heritage Site by riding in a hot-air balloon, or trying your hand at archery at the Yeonmudae Post, or simply by relaxing under a willow tree at Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion.
 

An open view of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.

Travel Information

- Tel: +82-31-290-3600

- Opening Hours: Summer Season (March ~ October) - 09:00~18:00 / Winter Season (November ~ February) - 09:00-17:00

- Admission: Adults - KRW 1,000 / Youth & Soldiers – KRW 700 / Children - KWR 500

- Home page: http://www.swcf.or.kr/english/?p=38

 
 

Course 5.

Flying Suwon, a bird’s-eye view of Suwon

Flying Suwon is a thrilling experience that allows visitors to appreciate a vivid panoramic view of Suwon from high up in the sky. When the helium-filled hot-air balloon rises up into the sky, you will - after a short moment of tension, perhaps - be able to admire such a beautiful scenery of Suwon as it unfolds below you. The balloon can reach an altitude of 150m depending on the weather conditions, and when it’s shaken by the wind, the ride is even more thrilling. This fantastic flight allows you to enjoy an open 3600 view of Suwon as well as to gaze directly below your feet through the transparent bottom.

 

 

It’s a truly wonderful way to appreciate the splendid sunset and nighttime view of Suwon. When it gets dark, the balloon lights up and you will feel like you are riding on the full moon. In particular, the view of the lights of Suwon Fortress illuminating Suwon City creates a warm and beautiful image.

The whole experience only lasts 20 minutes, including the ascent and descent, but it’s enough to appreciate the magnificent spectacle of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, the new city dreamt and built by King Jeongjo. The ticket office for Flying Suwon is situated just opposite Changnyongmun Gate of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. It is open all year round, except during heavy rainfall or strong winds.
 

A Flying Suwon seen from the ground. people are enjoying the open view on the balloon.

Travel Information

-Address: Changnyongmun Information Center and Public Toilets, 697, Gyeongsu-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel: +82-31-247-1300
- Opening Hours: 11:00-21:00 on Weekdays/ 10:00-22:00 on Weekends and Holidays
(Opening hours cane be changed depending on the season and weather condition.)  
- Admission: Adults - KRW 18,000, Youth - KRW 17,000, Children - KRW 15,000
- Home page: www.flyingsuwon.com 

​TIP. Tickets are only available at the ticket office. (Visitors cannot book for a fixed time or reserve a ticket by the Internet.) As there is often a long queue for Flying Suwon especially at weekends, it is advisable to schedule your trip accordingly.


Course 6.

 

Korean Archery Experience, an exciting experience that requires all your strength

Now the site of Korean archery experience along with a popular experience center and a recreation space, Yeonmudae Post used to be a martial arts training ground filled with the shouts of soldiers during the reign of King Jeongjo of the Joseon Dynasty. Here you will see adults and children aiming for the bullseye with a serious look, drawing bows and shooting their arrows heavily with shouts of frustration or triumph. The center offers ten minutes of training in archery and the basic postures to children and beginners. The café on the 2nd floor terrace overlooking the archery range is a good place to enjoy a cup of coffee while watching people trying their hand at archery.


People are experiencing the Korean Archery.

Travel Information

- Address: Yeonmudae Post at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, 8, Changnyong-daero 103beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si

- Tel: +82-31-255-8910

- Opening Hours: Summer Season (March ~ October) - 09:30~17:30 / Winter Season (November ~ February) - 09:30~16:30 (Closed at Lunchtime - 12:30~13:30)

- Admission: KRW 2,000 for 1 session (10 arrows)

- TIP: Admission allowed from the age of 7. Closed depending on the weather.

 

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Useful Tips for Walking Tourists

 

TIP 1. Watching the 24 Martial Arts performance

 The area in front of Sinpungnu Gate at the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress is full of shouts of concentration at 11 o’clock in the morning. Chopping pieces of bamboo or several stacks of straw in half seemingly with little more than a rapid flick of the wrist, martial artists demonstrate their skills, which are as light as a feather and as elegant as a ballet dance. This performance, which offers a great spectacle for about 30 minutes free of charge, is a highly recommended attraction.

The 24 Martial Arts are the 24 different kinds of martial arts recorded in Muyedobotongji, which was published by two scholars of Silhak, Lee Deok-mu and Park Je-ga, and the master of martial arts Baek Dong-su, at the order of King Jeongjo in 1790. The soldiers of the Jang-yong military camp stationed in Hwaseong Fortress were trained to a high level in these 24 martial arts.


Travel Information

- Address: In front of Sinpungnu Gate at the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress, 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Opening Hours: Tuesday - Sunday 11:00~11:30 (Closed on Mondays)

- Admission: Free

 

TIP 2. Let’s discover the Suwon Hwaseong Museum, too!

Located near Suwon Fried Chicken Street, the Suwon Hwaseong Museum introduces the fascinating history of the construction of Hwaseong Fortress and King Jeongjo’s trip to Suwon. It takes about 1 hour to view all the exhibits in the exhibition halls on the 1st and the 2nd floors.

 

Travel Information

- Address: Suwon Hwaseong Museum, 21, Changnyong-daero, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do

- Tel: +82-31-228-4242

- Opening Hours: 09:00 ~ 18:00 (Last admission: 5pm), Closed on the first Monday of each month

- Admission: Adults - KRW 2,000, Youth & Soldiers - KRW 1,000, Children and Senior - Free

 

TIP 3. Suwon Gongbang Street, a different kind of attraction

Suwon Gongbang Street is full of workshops for enamel, wood, ceramic and other crafts, as well as lots of interesting objects, food and snack stalls, and coffee shops. You can take a look around shops selling charming items and accessories, and have a cup of coffee at a café. You will find Gongbang Street by walking along Haenggung-ro in the left facing Sinpungnu Gate at the Temporary Palace at Hwaseong Fortress

left: the 24 Martial Arts performance in front of Sinpungnu Gate./ Middle: an indoor exhibition of the Suwon Hwaseong Museum. / right: a part of Suwon Gongbang Street.