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You'll like the Suwon Hwaseong Haenggung Palace enough to want to visit again! It's a great spot for a date.

WriterAdministratorDate12/06/2019

I visited the neighborhood often because it is close to my house. It was my first time to go inside the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.
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I visited the neighborhood often because it is close to my house.
It was my first time to go inside the Hwaseong Haenggung Palace.
It was beautiful. I can't believe I didn't know about it for so long.
Today I will introduce this amazing place!
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace does not always open its doors at night.
You should check the night admission schedule before your visit!
Night admission is available from 6 to 9pm,
Tuesday through Saturday, until September 28.

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I usually visited when I went out for a night walk,
but it takes at least half a day to enjoy it properly.
You could even take another day to look around.
If you buy a combined ticket, you can enter 4 tourist attractions: Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon Hwaseong Museum, and Suwon Museum.
Half a day will go by quickly.
I think even a whole day is not enough to look around and enjoy Hwaseong Trolley, Janganmun Gate,
the Yeonmudae Korean Archery Experience, Seojangdae Command Post, and Paldalmun Gate
and to visit the 28 Young People mall and Haengridan-gil
where lots of great restaurants are gathered.

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I went inside Hwaseong Haenggung Palace after daily admission had ended for the week,
but it was not too dark because the days were still long at the time.
I took this picture when the sun was about to go down.
I like this photo better than the ones I took during the day.
(I need to learn night photography. :,( )
I didn't upload the blurry pictures that I took when it was dark,
so some photos may be bright and some may be dark.

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Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is currently opening the gate
that was once only used for kings to come and go.
Subjects would use the smaller gates on either side of the king’s gate.
Now you can pass through the gate used by kings.

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A variety of TV series and movies were filmed here,
including Love in the Moonlight, The King and the Clown, Moon Embracing the Sun, Lee San,
Wind of the Palace, Jeon Woo-chi: The Taoist Wizard, Jang Ok-jung, Living by Love, and Queen and I.
The most popular TV series filmed here is Dae Jang Geum, starring Lee Young-ae.
Numerous Japanese fans have visited Hwaseong Haenggung Palace because of Dae Jang Geum.
You can find a scene from Dae Jang Geum set up inside the palace.
It looks really scary at night... heh :|
It's located near Boknaedang House.
Be careful if you tend to get scared easily.

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You can also join a guided tour during night admission!
A guided tour is available Tuesday through Friday.
Times: 7pm, 7:30pm, 8pm
(Duration: 40 minutes)
You can make an advance reservation for a tour online,
or apply in person
at the Tourist Information Center right next to the entrance.

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This is the main hall of Hwaseong Haenggung Palace,
where King Jeongjo held the 60th birthday party
for his mother, Lady Hyegyeong.
A miniature of the birthday party is set up in great detail
based on the photos of the time.
You can take a good look at it in the corner where glass is stacked.

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The first restoration work was conducted in 1996,
and the palace was opened to the public in 2003.
Restoration work is still under way,
but Noraedang Hall remains intact because it was not significantly damaged.
King Jeongjo built this place for his old age,
but he had no chance to return here.

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Nangnamheon Hall was not damaged at all
even during the Japanese colonial era.
The cloud patterns engraved in the stairs were amazing.
I don't think this could be reproduced in the same way even with today’s technology.

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In the past, a special national test was held here.
You can now find the Hands-on Program Zone here. (Paid program)

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You can look around and make your own souvenir through a variety of activities
such as pyrography using burn marks, traditional window bar patterned candle holder making,
sweet flag shampoo bar and grain soap making, rice chest experience,
hope rice chest pole making, harmony of barley stems and light,
and making dancheong (Korean traditional decorative coloring on wooden buildings).

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Jeongjo named this place Deukjungjeong Pavilion
when he hit his target with arrows 24 out of 25 times.
He was a perfect king, so he could have hit all the targets.
People assume that King Jeongjo missed one on purpose
to show that he too was not perfect.
Even 24 seemed perfect... He was an amazing person.

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These are the stairs to Naeposa Beacon.
The guide told us that we should be sure to look around there,
and I recommend that you visit as well.
However, I couldn’t make it up the stairs
because I had already walked around 13,000 steps during the day.

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I think the guide said that this place was Mirohanjeong Pavilion.
I barely caught up with the group by the end of the tour, so I was a bit confused.
Walking along the wall,
you will find the pictures of the royal procession.

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The tour was quite informative thanks to the guide.
A guided tour is offered for free, and you are free to leave the group in the middle of the tour.
Join a tour and listen to the guide
if you find a guide holding a kerosene lamp.
(It is the best if you join and stay with a tour from beginning to end.)

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Let’s summarize the itinerary
including the places you can visit.
Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is 5.7 kilometers long, which is too long for a walk.
If you get on the Hwaseong Trolley, you can look around a lot of tourist destinations from a comfortable seat.
Starting with the art gallery, you can look around Paldalmun Gate, Suwon Nammun Market,
Suwon Hwaseong Museum, Yeonmudae, and Hwahongmun Gate (U-turn).
(It does not go around the entire fortress.)
Fare: KRW 4,000 for adults / KRW 2,500 for students
First car 9:40am / Last car 4:30pm

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You can take a tour of Hwaseong using a #Bicycle Taxi with a tour commentary.
There are two routes: the Hwaseong Tour and the Traditional Market Tour.
Starting from this point, the Hwaseong Tour includes the Site of Na Hye-seok's Birth Home,
Hwaseomun Gate, Janganmun Gate, and Hwahongmun Gate.
The Traditional Market Tour visits the traditional market, the Fried Chicken Street,
and the Workshop Street instead of Hwaseomun Gate.
Fare (for 2 people): KRW 14,000
Duration: Around 60 minutes
Contact: +82-31-247-1300
Visit the website for business hours. (Not available on Mondays and Sundays)
* Bicycle Taxis are available at night as well until October 6.

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56th Suwon Hwaseong Cultural Festival
October 3-6, 2019 (4 days)
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is great to visit anytime.
It will be twice as fun if you visit during the festival! Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
Opening hours: 9am-6pm (Summer)
Entrance fee: Adults KRW 1,500 / Students KRW 1,000
Combined ticket: Adults KRW 3,500 / Students KRW 2,000
(Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Suwon Hwaseong Museum, and Suwon Museum)