Day at Hwaseong Fortress

Today I went to Suwon with my friend Lavina from church and we went to the Hwaseong Fortress.
A little history of the Hwaseong Fortress. It was initiated in January 1794, the 18th year of the Joseon dynasty’s 22nd king Jeongjo (r. 1776 – 1800) and completed in September 1796. When the king moved the tomb of his deceased father, crown prince Sado, from Mt. Badbongsan to Mt. Hwasan in Suwon. He also moved the provincial  government office and residences to the foot of Mt. Paldalsan in Suwon and started the contruction of the Hwaseong Haenggung, the Royal Country Palace and Hwaseong Fortress. King Jeongjo planned the impregnable Hwaseong Fortress not to defend but alsoto serve as a southern capital, so the fortress has a mulifunctional design as a military, political and commerical center. Hwaseong Fortress, built about 200 years ago, has highly advanced fortifications, including the four cardinal gates, there are 48 facilities in the enclosure. Each building blends it’s own Eastern beauty with the best of military engineering, so that Hwaseong Fortress is on eof the world’s architectural masterpieces.
The fortress is so big that we only saw half of it or maybe less then half! It was neat walking along the wall and seeing a couple of the gates. We also got to see a performance, which Koreans played their traditional instruments and performed dances. After we looked through this traditional house the king and the royal family would have lived in. We also did something fun, we tired on the queen’s traditional clothing she would have wore (separate times) and we also tired on the outfit the cooks would have wore for the royal family!
One thing that really amazes me is how modern and developed South Korea is but at the same time they have kept a lot of their traditions, customs and historical sights. That’s wonderful to perserve a culture because that’s really important!
After a day at the fortress we went to Outback steak house and ate dinner there. The food was very good! I went back to Lavina’s apartment for an hour to hang out and she blessed me with a hair straighter. Today I felt very encouraged talking to Lavina and hearing about her mission experiences with YWAM! It was neat to hear of her faith and heart she has for God. What a great day!

About Andrea

I am from Whitby, Ontario. I have lived in Romania for 9 years as a missionary but I am currently in Canada on a sabbatical break at this time. I have also lived in South Korea for a year and I have also been to Russia, Uganda, Albania and the Czech Republic on short-term mission trips. In 2012, God also gave me an amazing opportunity to go to Mozambique for the Harvest Mission School with Iris Ministries as well. I love children, reaching out to people who are in need and vulnerable, I have a passion to fight against the injustice issue of human trafficking and to simply share the love of Jesus wherever I go. I also love cats too and I have a cat of my own named Minnie!
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1 Response to Day at Hwaseong Fortress

  1. Tina says:

    Wow, what an ancient culture. THere must be so much to see, as far as old buildings, museums, etc.

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