One of the regional festivals in Korea that is very attractive aside from its uniqueness is located in Suwon City, the Hwaseong Cultural Festival.
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace in Suwon was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in 1997. It is a large fortress that is 6m high and 5.7 km long. Haenggung means a shelter where a King rested or retired from a war.
When I came here, there is a Food Culture and Beauty Festival. Visitors can try foods such as beef barbecue and some traditional foods from Korea, China, and Japan.
A grand ceremony is about to start after the five-day festival. And it is said that the King had made some preparations to return to the palace.
|Sinpungnu Pavillion at Hwaseong Haenggung Palace|
|Sinpungru, Main Gate of Hwaseong Haenggung Palace|
|The Zelkova tree|
|King Jeongjo's place|
King Jeongjo inscribing a plaque
This building was constructed in 1794 (18th year of King Jeongjo's reign). King Jeongjo inscribed and named as Jangnakdang after Jangnakgung, the residence of an empress Dowager in Han dynasty.
|Experience of Hwaseong Fortress Construction|
|Shin-yeon (Spiritual Carrier)|
|at the back where the Food festival is being held|
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is also dramatically popular because of the Korean TV Drama "DaeJanggeum", known as "Jewel in the Palace". Some scenes of young Janggeum were filmed here undergoing training in the palace for cooking competition, training of women doctors, and Naeuiwon, medical facility of the palace.
|ORBITA. Tradition Tightrope Walking|
Some traditional Arts Group from Suwon's sister cities in Japan, China, Vietnam, Cambodia, and Romania stage diverse performances at Sinpungru.
I'd kept a lot of unforgettable memories here in Suwon City especially in the Hwaseong Fortress. equipped with ancient traditional heritages.
These are only a few things you can find when you visit Suwon. There's a lot more. Suwon Hwaseong Festival offered me its best attraction, a journey of fun-filled adventure all by myself. When I left the place, I was armed with stories and memories to share to everyone.
If you want to visit the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, you may take the Suwon Station Seooul Subway Line 1, Exit 6. Cross the road, turn right, and walk 100m to the Yeokjeon Market bus stop. Take Bus 7, 7-2, or 32-1 and get off at Hwaseong Haenggung.
1. Jamsil to Suwon
Take Bus 1007 from Jamsil station (subway Line 2) and get off at the Hwaseong Haenggung station. The first bus leaves at 5:00 am and comes every 8-12 minutes.
2. Gangnam to Suwon
Take Bus 3000 from Gangnam station (subway Line 2) and get off at the Buksu-dong station. The first bus leaves at 6:00 am and comes every 20 minutes.