The Hwaseong Fortress is the most famous historic site in South Korea and the centre of Suwon, a city with a population of around a million, is dominated by the impressive looking fortress. The 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty, King Jeongjo, ordered the construction of the complex in 1794.
It is like a large open air museum and measures 130 hectares, its walls extending for five kilometres. Indeed, the unique value of the fortress has been recognized by UNESCO, who have designated it as a World Heritage Site.
A walk through the fortress could take several hours but it is well worth making the time to enjoy the splendor of the buildings.
The majestic towers of Hwaseong Fortress continue to rise proudly into the sky above Suwon as a noble landmark of the city and also the Joseon Dynasty.
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