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Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

WriterAdministratorDate12/09/2019

The Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour was held for 4 days, from August 9 to 11, at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. I always wanted to join the programs provided at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. I had the chance to participate in some programs thanks to a travel blogger who is a friend of mine. The programs were totally different from the Moonlight Tour that I been thinking of, but they were satisfactory.
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The Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour was held for 4 days, from August 9 to 11, at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon. I always wanted to join the programs provided at the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.
I had the chance to participate in some programs thanks to a travel blogger who is a friend of mine. The programs were totally different from the Moonlight Tour that I been thinking of, but they were satisfactory.
In particular, the media facade held at Bongsudang Hall was amazing. I didn’t join the Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour from beginning to end, so I don’t know about all of the programs, but I was happy to see the events held at Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. A long time ago I was fascinated by Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and went out of my way to join its programs. I once joined a program to look around Suwon Hwaseong Fortress with an author who had written a book about the fortress. I learned about Jeongjo, looking around the royal palaces in Hwaseong with an author who wrote a book about King Jeongjo. Once you visit the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, you will be fascinated by it. As Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is located centrally and is connected in all directions, it is a good place to visit anytime. That is why Suwon Hwaseong Fortress is the first destination that I recommend to my friends or visiting friends from Japan.
I walked around Suwon Hwaseong Fortress with my Japanese friends from Kumamoto early last year. This is the first visit in a long time to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress since then.

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The Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour is a special night tour available for only 5 hours, from 6 to 11pm. I could join a variety of hands-on programs in the dark of the evening, relying on the soft lighting of Hwaseong Fortress. When the dark night falls in contrast to the bright day, Hwaseong Fortress is revitalized by a night energy that is different from that of daytime.

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The programs start with the exciting Eoul Madang Pungmul World at 6:30pm. You can see the Jangyongyeong Guarding Ceremony and King Jeongjo’s royal progress at 7:30pm.
Martial Arts Muye 24ki show is held 30 minutes later. After that, the King Jeongjo royal procession and the Muye 24ki show are held every 30 minutes until 10pm. When I visited, the 3 performances were held in a row. However, I couldn’t see them properly because I couldn’t make it in time. :( I didn’t check the schedule carefully, since I had seen the Martial Arts Muye 24ki show several times a long time ago. I was just excited to join the night tour, but I didn’t check the program information and timetable properly. It was a shame that I didn't research the schedule more thoroughly before going.

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Once you enter the Sinpungnu Gate, which is the main gate to Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, you will see a huge moon light next to Jwaikmun Gate. The moon light reminded me of the moon sculpture that I saw when I visited the Racecourse Park in cherry blossom season. A couple was posing in different ways in front of the huge moon light. The couple looked really happy. I envied them for expressing themselves without any hesitation.
They expressed themselves in different poses.

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Jwaikmun Gate looked wonderful in the lighting. Dark shadows made by lights of different brightness levels were decorating the gate like shadow plays.
I said “Wow” aloud without thinking. The Taegeuk mark of Jwaikmun Gate was bright and vivid. Visitors passing through Jwaikmun Gate were decorated with the lights of different colors.

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"2019 Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour" was written on lamps made of traditional Korean paper, hanji. The pattern was just right for Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. The simple but not excessive font and traditional Korean pattern created a unique atmosphere, harmonizing with each other. The simple hanji lamps calmed me and warmed my heart.

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Darkness fell before I knew it. The lights turned on at the same time. Colorful lighting made the fortress even more beautiful.

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The lanterns in the photo above are choengjichorong, decorated with hanji just like cheongsachorong (a type of traditional Korean lantern). The lanterns lit the way when it got dark. Choengjichorong are not colorful like cheongsachorong, but the rough hanji lanterns have their own charm. It looks like the lanterns are floating in the air if you see them from a distance.

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King Jeongjo’s royal procession was then held. The royal procession held every 30 minutes was welcomed by citizens. I think that the actor playing King Jeongjo must have been honored.

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The highlight of the day was the media facade. Colorful LED lights danced on the elegant hanok houses. It was so beautiful that I didn't want to even blink my eyes. The media facade was held at Jwaikmun Gate, Bongsudang Hall, and Nangnamheon Hall.

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I had the chance to see the Martial Arts Muye 24ki show for a while on my way back from the media facade. The Martial Arts Muye 24ki show is held for 30 minutes at 11am, Tuesday through Sunday. All visitors to Suwon Hwaseong Fortress can see the show for free. The 5-hour Suwon Cultural Property Night Tour was a bit short for me, so I wanted to visit Hwaseong Fortress again. I hope a that variety of programs using cultural properties can continue.

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