Category Archives: Fortress

A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul

From Inwangsan, I walked along the remains/reconstruction of the old Seoul City Wall to Bukaksan, the mountain to the north of Seoul which offered the city some of its good feng shui. I actually had arranged to have lunch with … Continue reading

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A Final Morning in South Korea: Inwangsan

From Seodaemun Prison, I walked up to Inwangsan, one of the set of mountains which guards the old city of Seoul, and still contains remains of the old city wall. I didn’t have time to go to the peak (I … Continue reading

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Walking Around Gyeogbokgung

On a fine day in Seoul, I found myself walking around Gyeongbokgung. I didn’t walk into Gyeongbokgung like I did on my first day in Seoul, but rather walked in the admission-free areas around it which I hadn’t completely explored … Continue reading

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Seoul’s Namsan and N Seoul Tower

One of the most famous landmarks in Seoul is N Seoul Tower, which sits on top of Namsan (not to be confused with Namsan in Gyeongju). Namsan meants ‘south mountain’, and it was once on the southern edge of the … Continue reading

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Bukhansan, the Roof of Seoul

Of course, I had to visit Bukhansan National Park, which straddles Seoul City and Goyang City in Gyeoggi Province. It is the iconic set of mountains just north of Seoul city center. In Joseon times, Seoul was considered an auspicious … Continue reading

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Hwaseong Fortress: Completing the Circuit

Are you surprised by how much there is to see in Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon City? I know I am. And since I wanted to complete the circuit of the walls, I went up Paldalsan once again. In this post, … Continue reading

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Hwaseong Fortress: Archery and Beacons

I continued my stroll around the mighty Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon, which is a World Heritage Site. In this post, I will describe my visit to Dongbuk-gongsimdon, its archery center, and the eastern wall, as shown in the map below. … Continue reading

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