Itinerary of short trip to Seoul, 2nd day

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Itinerary of short trip to Seoul, 2nd day

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2nd day 

Suwon Fortress –> Musical in Daehakro –> Shopping in Hongdae 

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 Suwon Hwasung(Hwa fortress – ‘sung’ is ‘fortress’ in Korean) 

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Hwasung (Suwon Fortress)

UNESCO designated the fortress a World heritage site in 1997. You can imagine why Suwon fortress is one of must see place in Korea. 

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The wall surrounds the center ofSuwon. Late 18th century, King Jeongjobuilt Hwasung to honor his father Prince Sado.  

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Hwasung is quite special because the way it built. An architect in Choseon dynasty, Jeong Yakyong develops ‘Gujunggi’, which works with muti-pulley for pile the big bricks. That is why Suwon Fortress looks so neat! This is one of the best inventions. 

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Like any other world heritages, Hwasunghas whole lot of stories behind, but besides all that this is really beautiful. The best preserved ruin in Korea. 

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Meaghan, Ian and I head to Suwon for Hwasung. Ian was the one in my ‘the most generous restaurant in the world’ article. 

Weather was great. Beautiful sunshine with us the whole time. 

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I used to live in Suwonfor University, so I looked around Hwasung several times but it always fascinated me.

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Ian and Meaghan at Suwon Fortress

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We got out of but just in front of Jang An mun (North Gate). We went in and started to work along the wall. 

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Construction of whole fortress is so beautiful. Meaghan describes as ‘Korean Great wall’ and I thought that’s quite an appropriate nick name for it although our King didn’t bury people under. 

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Ian, the archer

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It is beautiful and we can see how they defence the people of Suwon through whole equipments and hole for archer (we guess). Like this! Ian show us how. 

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Meaghan in Suwon Fortress

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There’s lots of ups and downhills. But the walking pass built convenient for people. Last of second last mayor of Suwon put lots of effort on manage Suwon Fortress. He set up all the lights along the wall, stomp walk path and make many promotion for visitors. 

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Suwon Fortress and Citizens of Suwon

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Great thing about Hwasungis it doesn’t affect people lives around here. Depend on their policy, city push people out to clear the area for their new project, but Suwon and King Jeounjo didn’t. You can see houses in and out of the fortress. 

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We reached to Paldal mun (South Gate), where the main event is held time to time. You can buy a ticket for monorail tour to whole Fortress and participate to archery. It opens almost every hour, so we decided to have a lunch then come back for watching/doing archery. 

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Suwon World Cup Stadium 

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Suwon World Cup Stadium

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We went to a rib restaurant in front of the World Cup Stadium. Two things at once! 🙂 Took a cab to World Cup Stadium, which is just 2500won ($2 USD) away. 

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World Cup Park

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2002 Korea/Japan World Cup was insane. Korea did really good, we were 4th! The best World Cup ever. World Cup park is really pretty. Large space for running, grass, lots of art works and even golf club is in. 

The coolest thing in World Cup Park is foot ball shaped bathroom!! Who knew we have this sense of humor! 

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Foot ball bathroom and World Cup Park

Suwonis famous for rib, I still don’t know why but sure Suwon has many great rib places. We went to the best i know. Everyone saticefied, we were too full and it was so delicious! Add to your check list. “Go eat at Rib place in SUWON” 

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Rib for lunch 

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Anyway, we went to rib restaurant for lunch. Looks good? hm~ 

I quote “Meaghan likes Korean ribs than her own” from Meaghan’s Facebook status that night. 

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Yes. It was that good. 

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Delicious rib.

   

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Look how happy we were!

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With our full belly, we went back for archery in Suwon Fortress. 

Anyone can participate. Instructor showed us how and let people do their own. About 20 bow are there, so 20 people can do at once, and 10 arrows per person.  

Most participant were kids. We decide to just watch how that works.

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Archery in Suwon Fortress

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It was cool! How many times you can shoot an arrow in UNESCO world heritage

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Suwon Fortress at sunset

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*HOW to get there 

There’s a 7770 bus to fortress in Sadang Station, subway line 2 and 4 

Also many buses in front of Suwon Station, subway line 1 

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Musical in Daehakro 

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We went back to Seoul after that. Ian had his schedule, and Meaghan and I had Musical plan, watching not doing it. . Although I would love to do 🙂

Meaghan is working at showbiz and I am Musical junky so it’s a necessary schedule for both of us. When you come to Korea, consider Musical in your itinerary. It’s not broadway but we have nice little, middle size theater for shows. Some shows even has English subtitle. 

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김종욱 찾기. Cute actor!

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 Most of musicals are in Daehakro. Our choice of the night was “김종욱 찾기 (Finding Kim Jonguk)”. This is one of my favorite shows. Romantic comedy with lots of singing and dancing in small theater size for 100 audiences. 

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Krispy Kream 

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Krispy Cream in Daehakro

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Do you know Korea has 33 Krispy Kream stores? There’s non in Hong Kong. 

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Meaghan is from Atlanta, apparently so does Krispy kream, and she’s living in Hong Kong. I didn’t know that, so Meaghan almost screamed “Krispy Cream!!” out when she saw it. 🙂 

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We went and get hot glazed. I am not such of a sweet toothbut that was wonderful. Because I was witha good friend? 🙂 For two days, Krispy Kream became our ‘the’ spot. 

 

And I introduce her “Choco pie”. Do you remember the article I wrote? You can check it in this link.

She said it’s little like Moon pie in States. This is what Meaghan eat in picture above.  Should eat that when I (finally) visit States.

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*HOW to get there 

Heahwa station subway line 4. 

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Hongdae for shopping 

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Meaghan’s hostel is in Hongdae district. (Hong Ik University) It’s really busy and fancy area. Clubs, bars, restaurans and great shopping area. 

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Since we were not into drink or dance that night we checked out shopping district. I like shopping in Hongdae because there’s always really unique items. Cloths, accessories, andbags. We found pretty cool stuff. yes. 

We even bought a matching tops. We figure it’s okay cause we are not living in same city, right? 

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What about dinner? 

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Yes, we gotta eat. But since we eat HUGE lunch, we we had light dinner in a small, quite cafe. 

Hongdae is known as cool little cafe too. Every little cafe has their own vibe. 

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Light dinner? I'd say

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And Meaghan invented awesome cozy hat. Love this girl! 

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Tea cozy hat. Like it?

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*HOW to get there
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Hong-ik university station, subway line 2
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Today is such a success. We all were really happy. What’s not to like? Great weather, beautiful UNESCO heritage, musical and shopping? I would say, never better!
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What’s for tomorrow? Thrilled already?
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Well, to be continued…
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Juno Kim
Juno Kim
Juno Kim, a happiness-seeking storyteller. Photographer, writer, and trained mechanical engineer. Life-long nerd. I left the cubic farm to follow my true love: the world. A firm believer of serendipity, astronomy enthusiaster, and living by passion and love in life. Currently, on a quest to discover stories and find the place where I can call 'home'. Follow my journey through @RunawayJuno and Google+ .

17 Comments

  1. that’s fantastic – u make me want to jump on a plane and come visit u asap! LOL

  2. Meaghan says:

    i do like korean ribs more than my own. I miss krispy kremes! Although I found a kick ass donut place today on an adventure. You make me wanna travel every time I read this blog. It makes me melancholy.

    • Juno says:

      @Meaghan

      Oh it spelled Kreme not Kream. Edit it…
      It was YOUR trip Meaghan! Why are you melancholy? 🙂 We had such a nice time. I’m afraid I have to mention little harsh fact in next episode though… hehe

      Can’t wait to short trip to Hongkong as well! 🙂

      Juno.

  3. simon says:

    That’s really interesting! Korea is very rarely mentioned as a travel destination (at least, in Europe) and reading at your posts I am discovering how many awesome places there are.
    Waiting for the next episode…
    🙂

    • Juno says:

      @Simon

      Thanks Simon!! sweet comment. Yes Korea is not consider as nice spot to travel. people more interested in North Korea though. haha

      Hope many of us travelers know how awesome Korea can be. 🙂 I’m loving it more eventhough i want to explore other places in the world.

      Juno.

  4. Lilian says:

    Wow! The Suwon fortress looks good and yeah..I heard about the football toilet =D

    Can’t wait to visit someday!

    • Juno says:

      @Lilian

      Thanks Lilian 🙂 Suwon fortress is wonderful! UNESCO did it right. how did you hear about the football toilet? it’s that famous? 🙂

      Juno.

  5. Lilian says:

    I think it was during the World Cup period. I was rooting for the Korean team =) and I think it appeared in newspapers/on TV? =)

  6. Ah, I planned to go to the Hong-ik university area, but I didn’t have enough time. Well, I wanna return to Seoul and I need to have some places to see, right? 🙂 So Suwon is definitely on my list. You guys really had fun, I envy you. Especially because of the yummy food you had 🙂

    • Juno says:

      @My Kafkaesque Life

      Haha yes we had yummy food so much!! 🙂 It’s good you have another plan to came back here. Happy to be a reason of your list! 🙂 Suwon is pretty city. it’s a big city but not that crowd like seoul, there’s many park and all. 🙂 and yes try Hongik Univ area next time! I like there. excited 🙂

      Juno.

  7. Meaghan says:

    what harsh fact? *confused*
    I’m melancholy because i want to travel all the time and not work. Your blog makes this feeling stronger!

    • Juno says:

      @meaghan

      you know.. the worst botanic garden. hehe we had fun though 🙂
      you feel that way because that’s what i’m thinking all the time? yes that’s what i’m thinking everyday. hehe yes we need to be stronger!
      someday!

      Juno

  8. I used to go to the Fortress all the time when I lived in Suwon… every season it’s like a different world there, but always beautiful. The spring and fall were my favourite times to visit – stunning flowers and the Suwon Cultural Festival in the spring and perfectly red and orange leaves in the fall. I’m so glad the fortress made it on your short trip itinerary!

  9. Ani Shah says:

    Your write-up really makes me want to visit this place… And travel with you guys! Looks fun

  10. cacai says:

    I am going to Korea with my cousin in April and this makes me really excited! Thanks for the info!!! 🙂

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