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Time8 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English

Overview

Explore South Korea’s rich history and culture on this day tour to the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and the Korean Folk Village from Seoul. Visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon with a guide. Explore the fortifications and ramparts, and learn of life here under Joseon Dynasty rule. After lunch, visit the Korean Folk Village — home to replica Joseon-era houses where tradespeople demonstrate traditional Korean arts and crafts.
  • 8-hour tour to the Suwon Hwaseong Fortress and Korean Folk Village from Seoul
  • Explore the UNESCO–listed Hwaseong Fortress with a guide
  • Gain insight into life under Joseon-Dynasty rule
  • Discover traditional arts and crafts at the Korean Folk Village
  • Pickup and drop-off from central Seoul hotels in an air-conditioned coach
Your morning starts with a pickup between 8am and 8:30am by air-conditioned coach at your Seoul hotel. After the drive out of the capital, head onward to Suwon — a historic town in the Gyeonggi-do province.

First, visit the UNESCO World Heritage–listed Hwaseong Fortress — a site of huge commercial and military significance during the Joseon era. As your explore, listen as your guide brings the site’s turbulent history to life.

After lunch, delve into Korean customs and traditions at the Korean Folk Village. Admire the replica Joseon-era houses, see arts and crafts workshops, and enjoy free time at your leisure. During your visit, gain insight into life on the Korean peninsula way before the skyscrapers arrived.

Sample Korean ginseng at a ginseng center and learn how the plant is used to treat tiredness, loss of appetite, sickness, and many other ailments. Then, return in comfort to your Seoul hotel to conclude your 8-hour tour.

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R
, Jun 2018

We took this full day tour. The pick up from the Hotel was dot on time 9.20am. A small group of only 8 of us in the mini van with a Guide. We were not satisfied with the Guide. She had limited knowledge about the fortress and the temporary palace. She visted the fort after one year.It is worth it to take the tour. You must ensure that the tour includes the 'trolley in the fortress', as it is a vast area and would be very tiresome to cover all the grounds on foot. The surroundings and the grounds are lush green and well maintained. if you are on your own, do check the free 'shows/acts' that they have inquire at the ticket counter at the fort. The Palace is small one, as it was a temporary one of the King. Though well maintained and clean. The trolley tour around the fortress has the facility of a commentary in 4 languages. But you have to bring your own ear plug.
The fortress grounds are in the city itself and the fort is not an independent / self enclosed within wall boundaries. City roads run in and around the fort boundary walls.
The Korean Folk Village is a must visit. in the Suwan township. About 15 - 20 minutes drive from the fort. It has been built as a tourist attraction about 40 yrs back. And interesting to visit. Do not miss the free local dance shows/performances. When we visited, the time was between 2 pm to 4 pm. With a performance every half hour. Our Guide did not permit us to see all the shows. Which was very disappointing and sad. As after this, it was a visit to the Ginsen showroom in Seoul city. If you are on this tour, insist to see the shows from 2 pm to 330pm.
The local cuisine lunch at Suwan was good. I had a local veg dish - bibimbap. It was better here than the one had in Seoul.
The Ginsen showroom is of a local business house. A very posh and lavish office building and showroom. The interesting part of this visit was getting knowledge and understanding of the Ginsen medicinal plant, as to, how it is grown and its various varieties. It is expensive. So, I feel, one should do independent research as to where to buy from and what brand. At the airport we saw that Samsung also sells Ginsen.

D
, Dec 2017

This is a MUST!!!!!!! The best tour ever!

P
, Oct 2017

The guide was very knowledgeable and we had a good contact. It was actually a very personal trip since we were the only participants so we could ask as many questions as we wanted. There was a lot to see at the Fortress but best part was Villagers performance at Korean Folk Village and I highly recommend seeing that.

P
, Dec 2016

We had a really good day with Brian. It was a very cold day at the fortress, snowing. Brian gave us lots of information, he was friendly and cheerful. Lunch was really good and hot which was great for such a cold day. The Korean folk village was interesting. As there were so few people at the village due to the cold and mid week, we got to see lots very quickly. All up a very interesting tour and great to get out a bit from central Seoul.

j
, Aug 2016

Our guide was nice. hwaseong fortress and korean folk village were ok. However, at the end he took us to ginseng center. That place was a total tourist trap. They're basically trying to sell you ginseng. We waited 1 hour there. I felt like our time was wasted.

If you want ginseng, i guess you should do this tour. If not, STAY AWAY.

D
, Oct 2015

The tour was everthing promised, we were picked up on time, arrived and got very interesting explanations about Hwasong fortress. Later we had a good lunch and a 2 hour tour of a folk village, including shows. The guide was great, both nice anf knowledgeable. My schedule does not allow for more tourism but I can fully recommend


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