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A full day at the Suwon Hwaseong UNESCO Cultural Heritage Site

Time
09:00-17:00
Number of persons
2

Itinerary

Hotel → Suwon Hwaseong Fortress → Suwon Hwaseong Train → Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung) → Lunch(Bibimbap) → Korean Folk Village → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Hotel

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Why Kdream Tour

Welcome to Kdream Tour. Thanks for your interest and support for our service.

Kdream Tour travel has run Seoul daily city tour for more than 15 years. We developed the most attractive tour packages for visitors and will continue to create new programs to meet international traveler’s need.

We help you to plan your own Seoul city tour with well-prepared theme and organized time table. You will find the most convenient way to enjoy Seoul with Kdream Tour.

We hire the best tour guides with good service experience especially for foreigners and they all get great feedbacks from the customers. They are all proud of what they do for visitors to make your every corner of visits memorable and meaningful.

Transportation is another important things define travel quality. We provides brand new and clean cars with reasonable price for various tour packages.

There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meanimeaningful.

Transportation is another important things define travel quality. We provides brand new and clean cars with reasonable price for various tour packages.

There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meaningful information that you cannot find elsewhere. Aren’t you excited about the best guide, the best customer, the best place and the best tour course?

Tour Highlights

The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was the world’s first planned city. The Hwaseong Fortress is regarded as having been more thoroughly and systematically designed than comparable structures of its time, including those in Saint Petersburg, Russia or Washington, D.C. in the United States.

The Hwaseong Fortress, belonging to the Haenggung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty, was constructed for King Jeongjo in 1796. Haenggung is a subsidiary palace which accommodated the King’s temporary stays outside the main palace in the capital. The Hwaseong Fortress was constructed by King Jeongjo for his stays in the Haenggung when he made visits to the Suwon region to have memorial services for his father, Crown Prince Sadosaeja. Aside from subsidiary palace functions, the Hwasung Fortress was also constructed to serve more practical purposes as the second capital of the Joseon Dynasty. King Jeongjo had in fact planned to move into Haneggung of Hwaseong Fortress when he became the supreme King after passing on his throne to his successor. However, with young King Jeongjo’s sudden death in 1800, the Hwaseong Fortress was forgotten by Koreans.

The Hwaseong Fortress stands as a testament to the advancements in technical theories and applications made during the Joseon Dynasty. An enormous amount of money and manpower was used in the project, on a scale unprecedented in magnitude in the history of the Joseon Dynasty. It was an immense civil engineering project which could not have been initiated and completed without King Jeongjo’s unique determination.

What You Can Expect

The folk village prepared houses and markets to show the life of those during the Joseon Dynasty era. If you are lucky, you might even have the chance to take photos with actual actors in the location.

Highlights

  • Guided tour of World Cultural Heritage
  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress: The world heritage only 1 hour away from Seoul
  • Farmer’s Houses- Traditional Kiln
  • Governor’s Office- Nobleman’s Residence
  • Farmer’s Dance and Music- Workshops- Traditional Market Place

Information

A Full day Suwon and Korean Folk Village Tour learning and experiencing the History during the reign King Jeongjo in the time of Joseon Dynasty.

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Lunch, Hotel Pick up & Drop off Service (in Seoul)

Pick-up & Sending Service

1. Pick-up and drop-off service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation

1. Cancel by 18:00 one day before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND
2. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND

Note

1. Hwaseong Trolley may be cancelled due to bad weather conditions.
2. Traditional performance at the Korean Folk Village will be cancelled in case of rain or snow.
3. In case some sites of the tours are closed, a visit to alternative places will apply.
4. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
5. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Along with Changdeokgung Palace, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1997. The total perimeter of the fortress spans 5.52 kilometers, with 50 or so structures along the walls. Among those, seven were destroyed as a result of wars or natural disasters, but the remaining ones are well preserved. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun (Treasure no. 402), the west gate Hwaseomun (Treasure no. 403), the north gate Janganmun, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are gongsimdon, sentry towers built to keep an eye on enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. The Hwahongmun Gate is built above seven arched aqueducts that allow the water to flow through. Together with nearby Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Yongyeon Pond, Hwahongmun Gate is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. With that in mind, we started our tour at Paldalmun Gate, near HwaseongHaenggung. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seojangdae, Hwaseomun, Janganmun, and Hwahongmun.

Suwon Hwaseong Train

Hwaseong train is a tourist train which is operated between Paldalsan Mountain and Yeonmudae. The head of train is made as sculpted dragon which symbols King Jungjo’s energetic feature, and chairs are embodied King’s palanquin. Total distance is 3.2 kilometers and it takes about 30 minutes. Short, but it is enough to feel the charm of Hwaseong.

Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung)

Hwaseong Temporary Palace is the biggest temporary palace in Korea and also well-known as beautiful as Gyongbokgung Palace. The 478th historical site Hwaseong Temporary Palace was built on the foot of Padalsan Mt. after building Suwon Sineupchi was finished in 1789(the year 13 of the reign of King Jungjo). It was used as a government office of Suwon and completed through expanded construction for 2 years during the construction of Hwaseong. King Jungjo who was very loyal enough to visit Yungneung Shrine(a mausoleum of the crown king who was the father of Jungjo) 13 times stayed in Hwaseong Temporary Palace during visit. The palace has a shape of King’s palace with 567 rooms and it is the biggest size among temporary palaces in Korea. But most facilities except Nangnamheon Hall were deconstructed by the policy to obliterate the Korean culture and history of nation during Japanese colonial era. And thanks for local residents who organized the restoration project committee and lead the drive to revival of the palace, it reopened to the public in October 2003 after the restoration since 1996. Hwaseong Temporary Palace is became the famous shooting set for Korean historical dramas in these days, provides demonstration performance of Muye 24ki, change ceremony of gate guards, court robes and traditional crafts experience.

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Lunch(Bibimbap)

Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap], sometimes anglicized bi bim bap or bi bim bop) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang, a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. In South Korea, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. In 2011, it was listed at number 40 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Travel

Korean Folk Village

Korean Folk Village is an overall reproduction of the ethnological life/folk behaviors of Korea.You can see and experience the traditional culture of Korea at this place.
Especially there are various character role playing within the Joseon Dynasty at the Korean Folk Village. People put costume on from this era as merchants, a poor person, and others. It stimulates the interests of people.
This is a beloved tour spot by both Koreans and foreigners with various attractions.

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Amethyst or Ginseng Center

The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect.
Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.

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