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Cultural Fun in Suwon & Yongin

  • RegionSuwon-si Gyeonggi-do
  • Duration2 DAYS/1 NIGHT
Cultural Fun in Suwon & Yongin 【 Photo: Hwaseong Fortress 】

OVERVIEW

Suwon and Yongin are two popular cities near Seoul that attract many visitors due to their fun attractions and cultural heritage sites. Not only can you find historical sites such as the UNESCO World Heritage Hwaseong Fortress and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace in Suwon, the nearby city of Yongin is also home to several theme parks including Everland, Korean Folk Village, and more. Follow this itinerary to enjoy a fulfilling time in Suwon and Yongin!

Day 1

  • 110:00 AM Hwaseong Fortress & Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

    21:00 PM Motgol Market

    33:00 PM Korean Folk Village

10:00 AM, Hwaseong Fortress & Hwaseong Haenggung Palace

  • Hwaseong Fortress【 Photo: Hwaseong Fortress 】
  • Hwaseong Fortress
  • Hwaseong Fortress Tourist Trolley
【 Photo: Hwaseong Fortress 】【 Photo: Hwaseong Fortress Tourist Trolley (Credit: Suwon City Photobank) 】

Hwaseong Fortresswas constructed during the Joseon dynasty, under the reign of King Jeongjo (1752-1800). The fortress wall, with a height of 4 to 6 meters, stretches a total of 5.74 kilometers around the city, including the areas of Jangan-gu and Paldal-gu.

Hwaseong Fortress was constructed very methodically, with a combination of artistic elements and the most advanced scientific knowledge of the time. For that, the erection of the fortress was highly commended in the early modern age and was thus designated a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage Site in 1997. Currently, Hwaseong Fortress remains well-preserved in its original state, allowing visitors to appreciate and enjoy this historical site.

As much as taking a leisure stroll along Hwaseong Fortress is enjoyable, visitors who would like to tour the fortress in a more convenient way may opt for a ride on the Hwaseong Fortress Tourist Trolley. . This tourist trolley departs from Yeonmudae, allowing riders to enjoy scenic views around the fortress, such as Paldalsan and Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. The trolley’s design was inspired by the royal palanquin and the vehicle King Sunjong, the 27th king of the Joseon dynasty, used to ride.

【 Photo: Hwaseong Haenggung Palace 】

A haenggung palace refers to a temporary palace where the king and royal family could visit to enjoy a retreat. The Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, located within Hwaseong Fortress, was the largest, most beautiful and most frequented haenggung palace. It was sometimes referred to as Hwaseong’s Gyeongbokgung Palace.

Serving as the local seat of government, it transformed into a temporary residence whenever the king visited. Although the premises were nearly all destroyed during the Japanese Occupation, the palace was later restored in 1996 and reopened to the public in 2003.

  • Hwaseong Fortress
    • Address:910, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 수원시 팔달구 정조로 910)
    • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    • Admission
      General Admission: Adults 1,000 won / Teenagers 700 won / Children 500 won
      Integrated Pass: Adults 3,500 won / Teenagers 2,000 won / Children 800 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 12 and younger)
      * Integrated pass includes admission to Hwaseong Fortress, Hwaseong Haenggung Palace, Suwon Museum, Suwon Hwaseong Museum
      * Free admission: visitors wearing hanbok, visitors on the last Wednesday of every month
      * Free admission after hours (facilities unavailable)
    • Hwaseong Fortress Tourist Trolley Fare: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 2,500 won / Children 1,500 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 12 and younger)
    • Website: www.swcf.or.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Hwaseong Haenggung Palace
    • Address: 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 수원시 팔달구 정조로 825)
    • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
      * Last admission 30 minutes before closing
    • Admission: Adults 1,500 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 700 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 12 and younger)
      * Free admission: visitors wearing hanbok, visitors on the last Wednesday of every month

1:00 PM, Motgol Market

【 Photo: Motgol Market 】

Motgol Market is one of nine markets in the vicinity of Hwaseong Fortress’ Paldalmun Gate that form the greater Nammun Traditional Market. Fresh produce as well as instant foods are sold here on a daily basis, providing visitors with the perfect opportunity to experience a typical neighborhood market. In particular, the instant food corner offers a wide assortment of food, including both fried snacks and robustly filling meals. After finishing your tour around Hwaseong Fortress, drop by Motgol Market for some delicious kalguksu (noodle soup), nokdu jeon (mung bean pancake), tteokbokki (stir-fried rice cake), and other Korean foods!

  • Motgol Market
    • Address: 10-12, Suwoncheon-ro 258beon-gil, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 수원시 팔달구 수원천로258번길 10-12)

3:00 PM, Korean Folk Village

  • Korean Folk Village
  • Korean Folk Village
  • Korean Folk Village
【 Photo: Korean Folk Village 】

The Korean Folk Village reproduces typical scenes and daily lifestyles of people in the Joseon dynasty. The traditional houses and items in a natural environment can easily make anyone feel as if they have just traveled back in time!

The Korean Folk Village is a popular filming location for various historical movies and dramas. The historical drama yard offers a variety of hands-on programs, such as trying on traditional clothing, or riding in a palanquin. Other attractions include a folk museum and an art museum, displaying folk artifacts from around the world.

Nongak (farmer’s music), a traditional dance parade, traditional wedding ceremony and other interesting performances are offered for visitors to enjoy. In addition, pajeon (green onion pancake), buchimgae (pan-fried vegetable pancake), kkochi gui (grilled skewers), gukbap (rice soup) and other local foods are sold at the marketplace. Visitors can also purchase dongdongju (rice wine), made at the Korean Folk Village Distillery.

  • Korean Folk Village
    • Address: 90 Minsokchon-ro, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 용인시 기흥구 민속촌로 90)
    • Operating hours
      February-April: Weekdays 09:30-18:00 / Weekends & public holidays 09:30-18:30
      May-July: Weekdays 09:30-18:30 / Weekends & public holidays 09:30-19:00
      August-November 17: Daily 09:30-22:00
      November 18 – January: Weekdays 09:30-17:30 / Weekends & public holidays 09:30-18:00
      * Listed times apply to 2019; refer to the website for updates
    • Fees
      Admission: Adults 20,000 won / Teenagers 17,000 won / Children 15,000 won
      Free Pass: Adults 28,000 won / Teenagers 25,000 won / Children 22,000 won
      * Adults (ages 19 and older) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12)
      * Free Pass includes admission to amusement park in the Korean Folk Village
    • Website: www.koreanfolk.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Day 2

  • 19:30 AM Everland

    22:00 PMCaribbean Bay

9:30 AM, Everland

  • 【 Photo: Moonlight Parade (Credit: Everland) 】
  • 【 Photo: European Adventure (Credit: Everland) 】
  • 【 Photo: Rolling X-Train (Credit: Everland) 】

Everland is a theme park that holds fun and seasonal festivals all year round. The theme park is divided into various zones, each with a distinctive element such as American Adventure, where exhilarating thrill rides can be found; Magic Land, where a carousel, Ferris wheel and lovely decorations create a fairytale-like scene; European Adventure, where beautiful flowers bloom throughout the year; and Zootopia, where various animals can be seen. Thus, Everland makes a great amusement complex with more than enough attractions to fill an entire day.

The park is also exciting at night! Various parades take place throughout the day, but the nighttime Moonlight Parade is a must! Starting from Carnival Plaza, the parade features grand floats, and hundreds of dancers, each dressed in vibrant costumes that glitter and glow.

  • Everland
    • Address: 199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199)
    • Operating hours: Monday-Thursday 10:00-21:00 / Friday-Sunday & public holidays 10:00-22:00
      * Hours vary by day and month; refer to the website for details
    • Fees
      Day pass: Adults 56,000 won / Teenagers 47,000 won / Children & senior citizens 44,000 won
      Night pass (after 17:00): Adults 46,000 won / Teenagers 40,000 won / Children & senior citizens 37,000 won
      * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older)
      * Babies (ages 2 and younger) enter free
      * Must have valid ID for age discounts
    • Website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

2:00 PM, Caribbean Bay

【 Photo: Scenes at Caribbean Bay (Credit: Everland) 】

Caribbean Bay is a water theme park that has a distinctive set of thrilling water rides, facilities and a motif of a Spanish port, featuring decorations such as Spanish-style stone buildings, tropical plants and a ship wreck for an exotic atmosphere.

The water park is divided into five zones, namely Aquatic Center, Sea Wave, Fortress, Wild River and Bay Slide. A spa, sauna and other seasonal facilities can be found at the Aquatic Center, while artificially produced waves can be enjoyed at the Wave Pool in the Sea Wave area. Other attractions including Lazy River, Adventure Pool, Kids' Pool and a broad diversity of slide facilities are installed in the other zones.

  • Caribbean Bay
    • Address: 199, Everland-ro, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 용인시 처인구 포곡읍 에버랜드로 199)
    • Operating hours: Weekdays 10:00-17:00 / Weekends & public holidays 10:00-18:00
      * Hours vary by season
      * Above hours apply to indoor facilities; outdoor facilities unavailable from mid-September
    • Admission: Low-season (September 23 – December 31, 2019)
      Day pass: Adults 42,000 won / Children & senior citizens 33,000 won
      Afternoon pass (after 14:30): Adults 36,000 won / Children & senior citizens 28,000 won
      * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 3-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older)
      * Babies (ages 2 and younger) enter free
      * Must have valid ID for age discounts
      * Combo Ticket (one-day pass to Everland & Caribbean Bay) available; refer to website
    • Website: www.everland.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Tip. A must-visit if time allows


Daejanggeum Park

【 Photo: Yongin Daejanggeum Park 】

Daejanggeum Park in Yongin is Korea's largest historical drama open filming set. In contrast to other drama sets, Daejanggeum Park has been re-created based on historical records and research, thereby accurately reflecting the structures and culture of the past.

The park has served as the filming location for hugely popular Korean historical dramas such as "Moon Embracing the Sun (2012)" featuring Kim Soo-hyun, "Gu Family Book (2013)" starring Lee Seung-gi and Suzy, and "Empress Ki (2013)" showcasing Ha Ji-won and Ji Chang-wook. The park also features much of the filming set structures for legendary drama, "Dae Jang Geum (2003)," giving the theme park its name. The park continues to be used for filming movies and commercials, and serves as a historical backdrop for international features on Korea's history.

  • Daejanggeum Park
    • Address: 25, Yongcheon drama-gil, Cheoin-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
      (경기도 용인시 처인구 백암면 용천드라마길 25)
    • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    • Admission: Adults 9,500 won / Teenagers 8,000 won / Children 7,000 won / Senior citizens 6,500 won
      * Adults (ages 19-64) / Teenagers (ages 13-18) / Children (ages 4-12) / Senior citizens (ages 65 and older)
      * Babies (ages 3 and younger) enter free
      * Must have valid ID for age discounts
    • Inquiries: +82-31-337-3241 (Korean, English)
    • Website: djgpark.imbc.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

More info

  • Websites
    Suwon Cultural Foundation www.suwon.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Yongin Tourism www.yongin.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)
This page was last updated on September 30, 2019, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here. We advise you to check details before visiting.