World Cultural Heritage Site Tour (21)

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  • Time 09:00-13:00 Number of persons 2
    Itinerary
    Suwon Hwaseong Fortress → Suwon Hwaseong Train → Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung) → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Drop off at Itaewon
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Why Cosmojin

Thank you for your interest to Cosmojin, the travel agency for foreign tourists.

Cosmojin travel agency is developing newest tour packages follows customers’ needs and world trend as a company which is managing Seoul daily city tour for foreign tourists for more than 15 years.

Every package is organized with popular sights easy to find by theme and time, and also programs for touring suburb are prepared for who wants to get out of complex Seoul and enjoy relaxed time. Driving out of Seoul in an hour will impress you with unique mood of Korea. We selected only good spots in one hour distance for a day tour.

We are proud of our professional guide services that are distinguished from any other travel agencies in satisfaction level. We understand that any meaningful sights could be nothing without professional guide. Also, we provide the latest vehicles and clean transportations for satisfying every customer. Today, you will earn the interesting, fabulous episodes and not-often-to-hear information about Seoul and Korea.

The best guide, the best customer, and the best sights. I hope you enjoy.

Tour Highlights

The Suwon Hwaseong Fortress was the world's first planned city. The Hwaseong Fortress is regarded as having been more thoroughly and systematically designed than comparable structures of its time, including those in Saint Petersburg, Russia or Washington, D.C. in the United States.

The Hwaseong Fortress, belonging to the Haenggung Palace of the Joseon Dynasty, was constructed for King Jeongjo in 1796. Haenggung is a subsidiary palace which accommodated the King's temporary stays outside the main palace in the capital. The Hwaseong Fortress was constructed by King Jeongjo for his stays in the Haenggung when he made visits to the Suwon region to have memorial services for his father, Crown Prince Sadosaeja. Aside from subsidiary palace functions, the Hwasung Fortress was also constructed to serve more practical purposes as the second capital of the Joseon Dynasty. King Jeongjo had in fact planned to move into Haneggung of Hwaseong Fortress when he became the supreme King after passing on his throne to his successor. However, with young King Jeongjo's sudden death in 1800, the Hwaseong Fortress was forgotten by Koreans.

The Hwaseong Fortress stands as a testament to the advancements in technical theories and applications made during the Joseon Dynasty. An enormous amount of money and manpower was used in the project, on a scale of unprecedented in magnitude in the history of the Joseon Dynasty. It was an immense civil engineering project which could not have been initiated and completed without King Jeongjo's unique determination.

What You Can Expect

Driving an hour to the south of Seoul, you can find a city named Suwon where there's lots to see. Cosmojin presents you with the world heritage site, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress.

King Jungjo of the Joseon Dynasty emphasized splendor and beauty of structure while the fortress was being built. When one of vassals asked why he was concerned about beauty, rather than strength and solidity, he answered that the fortress would surely win its enemies over by its beauty. Hwaseong Fortress is an unique castle that combined western and eastern theory for a military facility, particularly matchless in the Korean history of castle construction.

Highlights
- Guided tour of a World Cultural Heritage
- Well-known as a world heritage site located an hour distance from Seoul
- Looking around Suwon in a train resembling a king's palanquin
- Hwaseong Temporary Palace: King Jungjo's dreams and filial affection
- Hwaseong train: Chance to tour the beautiful Hwaseong Temporary Palace
- Various traditional events such as a demonstration performance of Muye 24ki(24 kinds of martial arts of the imperial army) and a changing of the gate guards ceremony
- Experience court robes and traditional crafts

Information

Riding a dragon trolley, seeing the fortress established in the Joseon Dynasty, you can see and feel the history of Korea here.
A half-day trip to the Suwon district checking out impressive structure of the Fortress developed during the Joseon Dynasty and looking back into the history in the time of King Jeongjo reign. 

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Hotel Pick up Service (in Seoul)

Pick-up & Sending Service

1. Morning tours end at Itaewon. (Drop-off service back to your hotel is an additional charge of KRW 10,000 per person)
2. Pick-up service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation


1. Cancel by 18:00 one day before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND
2. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 70% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND

Note

1. Hwaseong Trolley may be cancelled in case of bad weather conditions.
2. Lunch is not included in a half day tour.
3. In case some sites of the tours are closed, a visit to alternative places will apply.
4. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
5. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

Course

  • Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

    The Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon is a fortress city built in the late Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). Along with Changdeokgung Palace, the fortress was designated as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage in December 1997. The total perimeter of the fortress spans 5.52 kilometers, with 50 or so structures along the walls. Among those, seven were destroyed as a result of wars or natural disasters, but the remaining ones are well preserved. Some of the major structures are the south gate Paldalmun (Treasure no. 402), the west gate Hwaseomun (Treasure no. 403), the north gate Janganmun, and the east gate Changnyongmun. Between these gates are gongsimdon, sentry towers built to keep an eye on enemy’s activities outside the walls. Suwon Stream flows through the interior of Hwaseong Fortress. The Hwahongmun Gate is built above seven arched aqueducts that allow the water to flow through. Together with nearby Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion and Yongyeon Pond, Hwahongmun Gate is considered the most beautiful of the Hwaseong Fortress structures. With that in mind, we started our tour at Paldalmun Gate, near HwaseongHaenggung. At a leisurely pace, it takes about two hours to see the sights from Paldalmun, Seojangdae, Hwaseomun, Janganmun, and Hwahongmun.

  • Suwon Hwaseong Train

    Hwaseong train is a tourist train which is operated between Paldalsan Mountain and Yeonmudae. The head of train is made as sculpted dragon which symbols King Jungjo’s energetic feature, and chairs are embodied King’s palanquin. Total distance is 3.2 kilometers and it takes about 30 minutes. Short, but it is enough to feel the charm of Hwaseong.

  • Hwaseong Temporary Palace (Hwaseong Haenggung)

    Hwaseong Temporary Palace is the biggest temporary palace in Korea and also well-known as beautiful as Gyongbokgung Palace. The 478th historical site Hwaseong Temporary Palace was built on the foot of Padalsan Mt. after building Suwon Sineupchi was finished in 1789(the year 13 of the reign of King Jungjo). It was used as a government office of Suwon and completed through expanded construction for 2 years during the construction of Hwaseong. King Jungjo who was very loyal enough to visit Yungneung Shrine(a mausoleum of the crown king who was the father of Jungjo) 13 times stayed in Hwaseong Temporary Palace during visit. The palace has a shape of King’s palace with 567 rooms and it is the biggest size among temporary palaces in Korea. But most facilities except Nangnamheon Hall were deconstructed by the policy to obliterate the Korean culture and history of nation during Japanese colonial era. And thanks for local residents who organized the restoration project committee and lead the drive to revival of the palace, it reopened to the public in October 2003 after the restoration since 1996. Hwaseong Temporary Palace is became the famous shooting set for Korean historical dramas in these days, provides demonstration performance of Muye 24ki, change ceremony of gate guards, court robes and traditional crafts experience.

  • Amethyst or Ginseng Center

    The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect. 

    Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
    Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
    Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
    You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.

  • Drop off at Itaewon

    This is where all of you will be dropped off, and you are invited to go back to your place on your own either by subway or taxi.

    There is subway line 6, and the station is Station. Itaewon is a very international place with so many foreigners coming in and out because the largest U.S. army base in Korea is in the neighborhood. The main street is lined up with so many foreign restaurants and road shops which make this place famous for shopping and eating. 

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