Suwon is the capital of Gyeonggi province, less than an hours drive from Seoul. True to its title, Suwon is brimming with majestic historical sites, natural beauty as well as a bustling modern city centre. If you’re looking for a romantic day amongst the colours of autumn, I recommend you visit Suwon. Let’s explore autumn in Suwon!
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
One of the best places to visit during the Autumn season is a royal palace. Something about the warm coloured patterns of the walls seem to blend so well with the reds and oranges of the trees. Furthermore, Suwon’s Hwaseong Haenngung Palace has great historical significance. The royal family would take refuge at Hwaseong during war, as well as celebrating important events.
In the modern world, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace was selected as the filming location for a variety of famous K-dramas, such as The Princess’ Man (2011) and Moon Embracing the Sun (2012.)
When you arrive, you’ll first walk through a picturesque gate, hopefully made even more beautiful by the sunshine that we were blessed with during our visit.
Moreover, as we visited on a weekday, there were not many tourists around. Therefore, we could freely take photos without queuing up. As you can see, we wore hanboks, but more on that later…
Unlike other palaces, some rooms in Hwaseong Haenggung feature recreations of Joseon life with mannequins and props. It was really interesting to take a glimpse into this era and see how Korean culture has evolved over the past centuries.
Location, Directions & Admission
- Adult – 1,500 KRW
- Child/Soldier in active service – 1,000 KRW
- Infant – 700 KRW
If you wear a Hanbok, you can enter the palace for free.
Hwaseong Haenggung Palace Address: 825 Jeongjo-ro, Paldalgu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 6:00pm everyday
Paldalgu Haenggung Street
Just outside Hwaseong Haenggung Palace is Paldalgu Haenggung Street, filled with traditional-style shops and restaurants. Here you can purchase adorable handicrafts, as well as participate in special experiences such as candle- and jewellery-making.
You’ll also be able to find plenty of delicious restaurants to stop at for lunch. Of course, with memories of the palace behind you, you’ll no doubt be craving some authentic Korean food.
Additionally, depending on the time of your visit, you may choose to visit this area before the palace. If so, I recommend you rent a hanbok at Janggeum hanbok rental shop. This shop has a beautiful range of hanboks and the owner will style your hair as well! Head up the slope towards a temple with a large Buddha statue and Janggeum is at the top of the slope.
Location, Directions & Rental Price
- 1 hour – 15,000 KRW
- All day – 35,000 KRW
Janggeum Hanbok Rental Address: 36 Haenggung-ro 26beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours: 10:00am - 6:00pm everyday
Wolhwawon Chinese Garden, Hyowon Park
Hyowon Park grounds are glowing gold during autumn, so it should definitely be on your list of places to see. Moreover, Hyowon Park is home to a special Chinese garden of traditional Chinese architecture and horticulture. Wolhwawon was built to signify the friendship between the Korean province of Gyeonggi-do and the Chinese province of Guangdong. Similarly, there is a traditional Korean garden located in Guandong, China.
Inside the garden, there are decadent stone bridges, statues and a glistening pond. Furthermore, there is even a Chinese house you can go inside! Unfortunately, there are no cheongsam/qipao dress rental shops near by.
As you can see from the photos, the natural scenery is absolutely stunning, especially with perforating shades of yellow and orange. The atmosphere is so idyllic and peaceful.
Wolhwawon Garden Address: Hyowon Park, 399 Dongsuwon-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours: 9:00am - 10:00pm everyday
Gwanggyo Coffee Street
It’s right there in the name, this is the cafe central of Suwon. A stark contrast to the ancient atmosphere of Hwaseong Haenggung or Wolhwawon Garden, Gwanggyo street is the epitome of the Korean modern style. As the weather gets cool and dry with autumn, there’s nothing better than relaxing in a cafe with a cup of hot chocolate. Additionally, I’d recommend visiting here in the evening for that perfect cozy feeling.
Each cafe has its own unique style, from the decor to the food and drink.
Living in a foreign country as a solo traveller, I felt instantly attracted to the glowing sign with “I’m Home” written on it. I entered the cafe and it had a cool retro style with some delicious looking cakes. I chose a lemon cake and dark hot chocolate, which were both delicious, especially on a cold autumn evening.
I'm Home Address: 114 Central Park-ro 127beon-gil, Yeongtong-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do Operating Hours: 10:00am - Midnight everyday
I hope you enjoy autumn in Suwon as much as I did! What are your favourite things to do during autumn? Let us know in the comments below!