Daejanggeum “Jewel in the Palace” Location, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, South Korea

suwon hwaseong fortress
Consider as one of the best out of the city trips from Seoul, easily reachable by thirty minutes local train ride is the town of Suwon and the impressive 5.52km stretch fortress wall of Hwaseong.
suwon hwaseong fortress

From the train station, either you choose to walk towards one of the four corner gates of the walled city or take the local bus with a stop exactly close to Janganmun (north) gate.
suwon hwaseong fortress

A good walking shoes are needed when visiting Hwaseong particularly if you are determine to loop the fortress. First you need to climb a set off stairs to reach the upper portion which gave a panoramic view of Suwon City, the same view will make you understand how massive Hwaseong is and might force you to reconsider your plan of looping the fortress.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

Built in late 18th century and considered as one of Korea’s important historical sites, Hwaseong Fortress is primarily built for military purpose. Each part of the wall showcase a number of military defensive features such as observation towers, floodgates and command posts.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

Hwaseong, a UNESCO World Heritage Site like other important cultural heritage around the country garnered even more popularity after it was chosen as one of the locations of Korea’s top period drama called Daejanggeum or “Jewel in the Palace”.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

Daejanggeum or “The Great Jang-geum” in English, introduces the idea of a successful female during the Joseon Dynasty and the elements of traditional food and medicine. One of the scenes on which the young Jang-geum undergoes her training for cooking was filmed in Haeng-gung and the palace these days taking inspiration from the TV drama encourage visitors to bring their kids along to experience traditional games and activities.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

“Haeng-gung” which means a temporary shelter where a king rests or retires from a war is not as grand as the other palaces in Seoul, in fact its structure is quite simple but very well divided in accordance to each building function.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

The number of volunteers on traditional clothes welcoming visitors or participating as a guard gave a sense of how important the palace and fortress is for Suwon City and a truly admirable effort from the community.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

Inside the palace there is a huge Zelkova, a tree standing even before the palace was built and believe to be city protector. Most visitors write their wishes on a piece of paper and place them on a string surrounding the tree.
suwon hwaseong fortress

A traditional military ceremony called Jang Yong Yeong Guards Ceremony is held at the palace front gate every Sunday at 2pm. Similar to other changing of the guard ceremony, it shows a how guard designated to defend the gate and the guard designated to defend the outside fortress takes turn according to a fixed manner and signal.
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress
suwon hwaseong fortress

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7 thoughts on “Daejanggeum “Jewel in the Palace” Location, Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, South Korea

  1. What an incredible series of images!

    Rich in color and looks like you traveled in a time machine and came back with these stunners 🙂

    Thanks a lot for sharing…

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