Hwaseong Fortress: The North Floodgate and the Pretty Pavilion

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I continued my walk around Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, which is a World Heritage Site.

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

In this post, I will describe the northern floodgate and the pavilion known as ‘Banghwasuryujeong’ next to Yongyeon Pond, as shown in the map below.

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After leaving the really big north gate, I continued going clockwise around the fortress wall (this time, I was back on the fortress wall).

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I got to do a little more spying.

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It’s a nice walk.

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And then I reached my first floodgate.

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The Suwon stream runs right through the center of the fortress, so there is a gate (this gate) which lets the stream flow in, and another gate which lets the stream flow out. Apparently, the Suwon stream was not in flood when I was there.

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I passed through another ‘secret’ gate (shown below).

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And then I reached what is known as the most beautiful pavilion in Hwaseong Fortress

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It was originally intended to be another battle command post, but it was so pretty that it ended up being used for leisurely feasts instead.

The ceiling of the pavilion

The ceiling of the pavilion

Everyone who enters the pavilion have to take of their shoes.

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The pavilion has a nice view of Yongyeon Pond, shown above.

Looking at Yeongyeon pond from the east

Looking at Yeongyeon pond from the east

It’s a nice place to rest, but I still had more fortress to see, so I had to get up and continue on my way. In the next post, I practice some archery.

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About Sara K.

Sara K. is an aromantic asexual from California who has previously lived in Taiwan. She blogs at the notes which do not fit, has previously been a contributor at Manga Bookshelf, and has written guest posts for Hacking Chinese. She enjoys reading, travel, live theatre, learning languages, and gardening.
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