Monday, March 1, 2010

Suwon (수원시) and Hwaseong Fortress (화성)

Went to visit my good pal Sean over the remainder of my 3-day weekend after a stint with Basement Jaxx Saturday night (sorry, no photos of that one).

Suwon is the fourth largest city in Korea with UNESCO World Heritage Site: Hwaseong Fortress (literally "Beautiful Castle/Fortress"). The fortress surrounds the center of Suwon and was built in the late 1700s by King Jeongjo for his late father. Story has it, Hwaseong was built to honor and house the remains of his father Prince Sado, who had been murdered by being locked alive inside a rice chest by his own father King Yeongjo after having failed to obey his command to commit suicide. Yikes.

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