Suwon Fortress and Chicken Street Date Day

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What to do: Day Visiting Suwon Fortress from Pyeongtaek

Some relaxing time together learning something new!

Hwaseong Fortress covers a large area in Suwon, South Korea. We decided to head up to the area from the Osan Air Force base area of Pyeongtaek to see some of the Suwon fortress that we missed the first time we visited.

We parked in the area by Janganum Gate (Also Romanized as Changnyongmun Gate).  After parking, we purchased tickets for the trolley around the city. The trolley costs around 4,000 won per person and if you bring headphones, you are able to listen to the tour in English, Korean, Chinese or Japanese. Even without headphones, it is a nice tour around part of the fortress and you can take photos from the trolley as well. We got some great shots along the ride as well as video.

Where to eat: Grab some Korean fried chicken on Suwon chicken street

Suwon Chicken Street Magic

Upon returning to the Changnyongmun Gate, we walked down the wall towards Buksumun (Floodgate/Hwahongmun) and walked over to Suwon’s Chicken Street for lunch. This is a bustling area usually with lines at the most popular restaurants. If you go during the week, note some of the locations may be closed due to working all weekend. 

Our plan for chicken street was simple, order a small amount at each location so we could try multiple locations. One of the locations we stopped at was Dae-Bong Chicken. The staff spoke some English and were very friendly. The chicken was fabulous. We tried a couple of other locations but because we went on a Monday many were closed. 

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Dae-Bong Chicken Cafe

Dae-Bong Chicken Cafe5

Tasty fried chicken restaurant close to Hwaseong Temporary Palace. Semi English menu and staff speaks moderately well English. Very friendly staff, large space, tasty food.

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Where to have a chat: A Star Cafe has a beautiful view of Suwon Fortress

Share some love in a glass at It’s A Star Cafe

To round out our afternoon, we ended up at It’s A Star Cafe across from Hwahongmun Gate. Hwahnogmuch Gate is where the waterfall is located. This cafe is three floors and you can get a great view of the fortress from the rooftop area. It was a neat location and just what we needed for our walk back up to the Changnyongmun Gate.

This proved to be a great day of exploring and we look forward to coming back on a busier day to get a more thorough tasting of the offerings of Chicken Street. The great thing about Suwon and the fortress area is that there is always something to do, shopping, eating or just exploring the area’

Its A Star Cafe

Its A Star Cafe5


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Hangul Address

경기도 수원시 팔달구 정조로886번길 32 (북수동) 247

This three-story coffee house has a rooftop bar. There are also desserts and shaved ice. Great view of Hwaseong and Hwahongmun Gate.

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Suwon Fortress Janganmun Gate

Suwon Fortress Janganmun Gate 5


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Hangul Address

경기 수원시 팔달구 장안동

A stunning and iconic gate in Suwon.

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Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress5


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Hangul Address

경기 수원시 팔달구 정조로 825

Check the Web Link for current info on performances, fees, etc. The Suwon Fortress is a picturesque location that wraps though the center of the city of Suwon. Although the primary grounds have an entrance fee, much of the wall can be visited and viewed for free (but we recommend paying). There are stunning free performances held in front of the main gate that are highly recommended.

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