Suwon as the capital of Gyeonggi Province is known for the late 18th century Hwaseong Fortress, with its ancient stone wall and four pagoda-topped arched gates. Let me share my one-day itinerary in Suwon.
1. WooJeonOk Soy Sauce Marinated Crab (우전옥 간장게장 무한리필)
First stop, let’s have our lunch at a Naver top-rated restaurant selling Korean traditional soy sauce marinated carb! It is also a place you can eat soy sauce marinated crab with unlimited refills at a low price but even though it is an infinite refill, the crab is large, has no fishy taste and it comes with the crab soup which is super delicious too. Besides that, there are other menus such as stew crab, steamed crab etc.
11:30 ~ 21:00 everyday except Monday
Unlimited refill set is 22,900₩ /person
2. Hwaseomun Gate (화서문)
Hwaseomun Gate is the also known as the western gate of Hwaseong fortress, Treasure No. 403.
09:00 ~ 18:00 (March~October)
09:00 ~17:00 (November~February)
No entrance fee
3. Suwon Traditional Culture Center (수원전통문화관)
Explore the small yet authentic Korean traditional Hanok-style culture center. There are many photo zones around the center where you can take your beautiful “instagramic” photos. There is a cafe beside the main entrance which sells traditional Korean desserts and teas.
everyday 09:00 ~ 18:00 (except Monday)
No entrance fee
4. Hwaseong Haenggung (화성행궁)
Haenggung Palace was designated as Historic Site No. 478 on June 8, 2007. It was the largest and most beautiful place in Korea (where the king stayed outside the palace), and is an annex to Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon.
Everyday 09:00 ~ 18:00
Individual – Adults 1,500 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 700 won
Group – Adults 1,200 won / Teenagers 800 won / Children 500 won
Look at the beautiful architecture of the palace. You might notice a school of small, cute, animal-shaped statues lined up on the edge of the eaves and wondered what they are and their purpose, as they don’t seem to match the ornateness of the palaces. These figures are called Japsang and, surprisingly, they are considered critical elements in the construction of royal palaces that elevate the level of construction.
Lastly, enjoy your one-day trip in Suwon!