Hwaseong Fortress: the High Point of the Wall at Paldalsan

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After figuring out how to get away from Haenggung, I went straight up to the highest part of the fortress, Paldalsan, to start my circuit of the fortress walls on foot.

Gyeoggi Province is in northwestern South Korea, and Suwon is in the southern part of the province.

Hwaseong Fortress is the impressive structure built by King Jeongjo at the end of the 18th century in the modern-day city of Suwon, and it is a World Heritage Site. In this post, I will describe the part of the fortress highlighted in the map below.

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Below is the west sentry post (seo-poru).

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I headed north along the wall.

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I went through one of the ‘secret’ gates.

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And I reached Seojangdae, which is a command post, probably because it is the highest point in the fortress.

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Next to Seojangdae is the large Hyowon Bell, which for a small fee you can toll to express Jeongjo’s filial sorrow for his unfortunate father. I didn’t want to sound the bell so badly that I was willing to pay money for the privilege.

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And of course, there are views over the city of Suwon. Isn’t it a beautiful city?

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There’s also a tower which for use by crossbow wielders.

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From here, it was downhill along the wall of the fortress.

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In the next post I will continue to describe my journey along the wall of Hwaseong Fortress.

Looking down at the palace from Paldalsan

Looking down at the palace from Paldalsan

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