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Taken at: Hwaseong Haenggung at Suwon, South Korea

I loved the Suwon palace because it is more quiet and less touristy than the palaces in Seoul. It was also the day that I went to see Kim Yeon Koung play for South Korea.

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On the way back to Seoul


When traveling to Korea (and Japan), one must remember how incredibly large and conplex their subway / train stations are.

I actually have a booked Mugunghwa ticket back to Seoul but that’s scheduled at 11 PM. Since I am not watching the Poland and Colombia match, I decided to go back to Seoul early.

The next direct train is an hour from now which is also the length of time it takes to reach Seoul via metro subway.

So, here I am, waiting for the train after  waiting so long at the other platform. Good thing, I didn’t ride the first train that passed by.

Korea vs Kazakhstan

Actually, this is the real reason I was so intent on going to Suwon. It just so happened that the FIVB World Grand Prix was dropping by Korea!

I got to see Kim Yeon Koung play live! Although, I was a bit disappointed by the match because Kazakhstan didn’t put up  lot of fight.

Fortress Wall


I saw online that the wall of the fortress offers magnificent skyline viewsof Suwon. And I am a sucker for that kind of view. So, I decided to embark on this journey.

That probably means fighting in Chinese because you need a lot of fight in you to reach the top of this wall.

It was a little daunting because of the heat. In winter, I’d probably do this with ease.


They weren’t wrong. It was magnificent indeed. It should be since we’re in the location of the main comman post of the West. And it should have a good view of the surroundings.

Will I be willing to do this again? Yes. If in summer, probably not.

Lunch at Lotteria


I was looking for lunch and I can’t find an open restaurant. I walked by this Lotteria store with a lot of students dining in.

So, I went in and ordered a bulgogi burger. 

One, I am not used to drinking soda anymore. Second, what could a bulgogi burger taste like?

It’s sweet because of the sauce. And it doesn’t taste like beef. Maybe it wasn’t beef? Oh well.

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress

A UNESCO World Heritage site, Hwaseong Haenggung (locally called, meaning temporary palace) is King Jongjo’s tribute to his father who died in a rice box.

It has similar structure to Seoul’s grand palaces. It’s smaller in scale and relatively more quite and more compact. 

I think it os best for people who want a pictorial wearing a hanbok since there aren’t a lot of people.


Fun fact: this palace is also the filming location of the Korean drama Dae Jang Geum.