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Introducing Suwon

King Jeongjo, the 22nd Joseon dynasty ruler, had the idea of moving the capital from Seoul to Suwon, 48km south, in 1794. The fortress wall that surrounded the original city was constructed but the king died and power stayed in Seoul. Named Hwaseong, Suwon’s impressive World Heritage–listed fortifications are the best reason for visiting the city, where you’ll also find the faithfully restored palace Hwaseong Haenggung. Suwon is close to the Korean Folk Village and Everland Resort and can be used as a base to visit both.