Suwon (수원,水原) is a city located in South central of Gyeonggi-do. Suwon's district has four general districts: Jangan District, Kwonseon District, Paldal District and Yeongtong District. The adjacent cities are Yongin City to the east, Ansan City to the west, Hwaseong to the south and Uiwang City to the north.
It is the political, economic and administration center of Gyeonggi-do because it has the Gyeonggi Provincial Government. By transportation, subways and major expressways are connected to Suwon, making it a transportation hub. Therefore, it is the most populous city in Korea.
Representative attractions are Suwon Hwaseong, a world heritage, and Samsung Electronics headquarters.
The northwest of Suwon. The origin of the name 'Jangan' is Janganmun in Jangan-dong.
The southwestern part of Suwon. Gwonseon-gu is the largest in Suwon and has a large population.
The center of Suwon. There are several government offices including Gyeonggi-do Provincial Government, Suwon City Hall, Suwon Tax Office and Incheon Gyeonggi Regional Military Service.
The eastern part of Suwon. Here are being built the transferred Gyeonggi-do Provincial Government and Gwanggyo New Town.
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Suwon's climate is very similar to that of nearby Seoul other cites like Ansan. Compared to Incheon or Seoul, Suwon is relatively hotter and colder. It features continental climate.
For visitors to Seoul, Suwon can be treated like another suburb although it will still take around an hour to get there.
If you want to Suwon, Take Seoul subway. In Incheon International Airport, you can use Airport railroad and go Seoul station. If you arrived in Seoul station,You take line 1 (blue) south - Cheonan/Shinchang line. It takes about 2 hours. Ensure that you are on the correct section of the train, as it later splits and travels on two separate lines: the Incheon line (west) and Cheonan/Shinchang line (south). You can transfer to the correct train at Guro station if you're not on the right one. Prior to this station there is a notification about the transfer option.
It is also possible to take a commuter train from Seoul station. This is much faster (25-35 min), but runs more infrequently.
(the type of train)
It operates 5times a day and takes 30 min. It costs about ₩8,400.
It operates 10times a day and takes 25-30 min. It costs about ₩2,600. You should be careful the operate time is concentrated in morning(5am-8am).
If you use bus in Seoul you can use various route.
From Gangnam station in Seoul, there are bus (number 5100, 3000, 3003, 3007, 3002) go to Suwon. From Sadang station in Seoul, you can take bus (number 7000, 7770, 7001, 7780, 7800). There is a one way go from Seoul station to Suwon station( number 8800).
There is also a bus service connecting Castle Hotel in Suwon with Incheon International Airport, which takes 60-90 min. This service operates 06:20-22:30 to the hotel and 04:50-20:30 to the airport, every 20-30min and costs ₩12,000.
The bus lines in Suwon are reliable and cheap. Most major stops have a list of available bus lines with route information. Green buses typically run inside the city, and larger blue and red buses take passengers to Seoul and neighboring cities. While mainly listed in Korean, most major stops and points of interest are also listed in English. English announcements on the bus are only for stops of tourist interest. Suwon bus station is not the terminal station for the bus lines, so make sure you board the correct traveling direction.
Taxis are prevalent in Suwon, and easy to use. Several offer "free translation" services. You should know a major feature near your destination as the taxi drivers may not know specific addresses or minor building names, however with a little patience and understanding you will find a taxi willing to get you near your destination. Some will even call "English speaking" friends or relatives to help. Taxis are easily identified, mainly gray, white or black with lit signs on top and in the front windows. Black taxis are called "luxury" taxis, tend to be more comfortable/larger cars, go slower, and cost more. The gray or white taxis tend to get you there faster and cheaper, but may drive more recklessly.
This train station is also on Line 1 of the Seoul metro network.
There are four stops on Seoul subway Line 1 that service the Suwon area. Suwon Station is the most central and largest, the second largest in the country, and also houses the train station proper, where you can catch a train to nearly anywhere else in South Korea. The Seryu, Hwaseo, and Sungkyunkwan University stations are the others. Another subway line is under construction to serve other parts of the city.
Cycling in Suwon is easy as the sidewalks are wide and many are combination sidewalk and bike path. There are only a few challenging hills in Suwon and pedestrian traffic is not congestive in most areas.
Suwon is a large city, but walking can be a nice alternative to driving around downtown, the markets and the fortress proper. Whilst the walk between Suwon train station and the fortress is doable at a stretch, the Intercity Bus Terminal on the south side is well too far away, via a polluted mess of urban sprawl.
- 1 Hwaseong Fortress (수원화성), 320-2, Yeonghwa-dong, Jangan-gu, ☏ . Mar-Oct 9AM-6PM, Nov-Feb 10AM-5PM. A stunning fortress constructed between 1794 to 1796 and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It features four main gates with the north and south (Janganmun and Paldalmun) being particularly impressive with their unique structures. In addition small sentry posts (Porus) and two command posts (Jangdaes) can be found dotted around the walls. The SeoJangdae outpost, found within the forested hills on the western side of the fortress, offers great panoramic views of the city below. Walking the circumference along the wall takes 2-3 hours or visitors can opt for the electric train option. 10 minute bus ride from the central subway station to the Paldalmun roundabout. Several bus lines go there, including 11, 13, 13-3, 36. Buses don't terminate at the Suwon station, so make sure you're on the correct traveling direction. Alternatively, it's a 30-minute walk from Suwon station to Paldalmun Gate. ₩500/child,₩700/concession,₩1000/adult.
- 2 Hwaseong Haenggung (화성행궁), 825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, ☏ . Every day 09:00 - 18:00. It was a temporary place where King Jeongjo stayed when he visited the tomb. It used to be used as a place where the vice-president or Yoo Soo used to work. It was built on the eastern foot of Paldalsan Mountain in 1789 (the 13th year of King Jeongjo's reign) after the construction of a new town in Suwon. It has 567 square cars, the largest size of Korean royal palaces. Japanese occupation, however, nangnamheon Japanese national culture and history of every facility excluding with extermination policy were destroyed. In the late 1980s, as a result of steady and active restoration campaigns by meaningful local citizens, the restoration project began in 1996, the 200th anniversary of Hwaseong Fortress, and the first stage restoration was completed with 482 compartments and opened to the public in October 2003. In October 1789, King Jeongjo traveled to Hwaseong 13 times in 12 years until January 1800 (the 24th year of King Jeongjo's reign) after moving Hyeonreungwon, the tomb of his father's apostolic, and stayed there every time. It was designated as Gyeonggi-do Monument No. 65 and was elevated to a private level on June 8, 2007. Every Tuesday through Sunday, the 24-hour martial arts demonstration is held from 11 a.m. to 30 minutes. ₩700/child,₩1000/concession,₩1500/adult.
- 3 Manseok Park (만석공원), 434-2, Songjuk-dong, Jangan-gu. Open 24 hours. It is 355,800 square meters wide. The park was constructed in 1998 and is centered on a reservoir called Manseokgeo. Manseokgeo is a reservoir built by people who moved in nearby areas while building Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon in 1795. The reservoir was built and 10,000 more rice were produced, so it was called a full seat. But now it is called the Japanese Imperial Reservoir or Gyopjeongbangjuk. The name gyo-gujeong was called because the pavilion was located in the south of the reservoir. But now, there is a movie theater built in October 1996. In addition to the pavilion, there are also water fountains, 33 vines, 54 lighthouses and 146 pavilions as rest facilities. Sports facilities include a multi-purpose playground, a tennis court, a gated ballpark and a soccer field, and a convenience facility for two parking lots and restrooms. There is also a Suwon Museum of Art in the park, so you can relax and enjoy artwork. It is a 20-minute walk from Hwaseo Station on Gyeongsu Line and is located nearby Suwon World Cup Stadium, Suwon Fortress Wall, and Korea Folk Village. free.
- 4 Suwon World Cup Stadium (수원월드컵경기장), 310, World cup-ro, Paldal-gu, ☏ . weekday 09:00 - 18:00. Also known as the Big Bird, Suwon's World Cup Stadium hosted one of the quarter-finals for the 2002 FIFA World Cup and is now home to the 'Suwon Blue Wings of the K-League.
- 5 Baegun Lake (백운호수) (In the northwest of Uiwang.). A lake with a number of different restaurants, hiking trails and local stores.
- 6 Gyeonggi Arts Center (경기도문화의전당), 20, Hyowon-ro 307beon-gil, Paldal-gu (in Ingye-dong in Suwon), ☏ . Gyeonggi Arts Center is the venue for cultural events in the Gyeonggi Province. It is within a few minutes' walk of Suwon City Hall Station. The Gyeonggi Arts Center was opened in June 1991.
- Haewoojae Museum (Mr Toilet Museum), 9 Jangan-ro, 458-beon-gil, Jangan-gu. A museum dedicated to toilets, even the building is in the shape of a toilet. free.
- 7 Haengung-dong Mural Village (행궁동 벽화마을), 41, Hwaseomun-ro 72beon-gil, Paldal-gu, ☏ . everyday 24 hours. In 2013, the city of Suwon restored the old residential area by painting murals as part of a project to create an ecological city. It is a fun place to find more vivid and rich murals through the participation of artists and to leave unique photos. Guides are available free of charge from an alley commentator on a team of 5 to 15. It takes about an hour to take the course of Hwaseong Haenggung Palace - Sinpungcho Wall Rock Gallery - Hwaryeongjeon - Naheseok Sangga Site Alley - Eco-traffic Village - Mural Alley - Ssamji Park - Suwon Traditional Culture Center - Janganmun - Hwaseomun - Hwaseong Haenggung Palace. free.
- 1 Mount Gwanggyo (광교산). Mount Gwanggyo is in the north end of Suwon and offers an excellent of view of Suwon and the surrounding area. There are a number of peaks as well as a number of trails of varying difficulty. After a hike, try eating at one of the many farm restaurants at the base of the mountain. There are plenty of options for vegetarians here, and the tofu and dong-dong ju are as fresh as you can get it.
- 2 Hwaseong Fortress (수원화성), 320-2, Yeonghwa-dong, Jangan-gu, ☏ .
- 3 Traditional Korean Archery. from 9:30AM, every half hour; they don't operate during lunch break or when weather is not permitting (rain or snow). You can try your hand at Korean archery at the Yeonmudae outpost within Hwaseong Fortress. ₩2000/round (10 shots).
- Bell of Hyowon Ringing Experience. The first ring is praying for the health of one's parents, the second ring is praying for the health of one's family, the third ring is praying for one's own advancement. ₩1000/session (3 rings).
- Watch the local football teams at the Suwon World Cup Stadium (home to Suwon Samsung Bluewings and the best crowds in Korea) and Suwon Sports Complex (Suwon FC).
You can find many cloth and jewellery retail outlets near Paldalmun (Nammun), which is a part of Hwaseong Fortress and is a famous place in Suwon for buying winter clothes, apparels and cosmetics.
You can shop for brands like Chanel, Boss, Diesel and other international fashion chains at Galleria or the Suwon station mall.
The food court in the mall at the train/metro station is excellent and extensive. You can get a fantastic meal for ₩4,500 and select from many choices; there's a showcase displaying all your choices. Besides plentiful traditional Korean restaurants, there are many places which serve other cuisines and fast food. Suwon is famous for its Galbi (sweet marinated ribs). Restaurants near the Yeongtong Square (Sagori) serve Galbi. There's also an excellent Galbi restaurant right across the street from the World Cup Soccer stadium. Vegetarian restaurants are hard to find, but they do exist.
- 1 Seonggwak (성곽) (passing through Janganmun Gate to the south, turn right (west) immediately; about 40 m on the left, look for a yellow building with a lot of trees). A traditional, delightful little restaurant, owned and operated by a nice old couple. Everything is homemade. If you don't read Korean (there is no English, and no menu), then get a jeong-guk-jang, a dubu kimchi, and a Makkeoli (rice wine). ₩27,000 for two people.
- 2 Bon-Suwongalbi (본수원갈비), ☏ . 11:30 - 20:30. This place is very popular place in Suwon. You can enjoy the korean traditional food galbi.
- 3 Boyoungmandu (보영만두), 경기도 수원시 장안구 영화동 팔달로 271, ☏ . 10AM-2AM. Noodle is the main menu and it tastes sweet and moderately spicy. The peculiarity is that some very cool tastes come from all sides. It feels like Chinese spices. Of course, it is a taste that anyone can enjoy casually. Parking is possible, but there is not enough space to park. Steamed mandu have a rich flavor and a good texture.
- 4 dukkeobijib (두꺼비집), ☏ . 9:30-21:30. Budaejjigae is the most famous in this restaurant. People visit here a lot for lunch. So there are times when you have to line up.
- 5 daewangkalgugsu (대왕칼국수), 경기도 수원시 팔달구 북수동 311-14, ☏ . You can eat very cheap kalguksu at this restaurant. Not only it is affordable, but you can also eat plenty of delicious kalguksu.
- 6 yongseongtongdalg (용성통닭), 경기도 수원시 팔달구 팔달로1가 정조로800번길 15. 11:00-00:30. It is the most famous chicken restaurant in Suwon. If you eat chicken on site without packing, you can feel the crispyness of chicken.
- 7 yuchihoegwan (유치회관), 경기도 수원시 팔달구 인계동 효원로292번길 67. This is the most famous place in Suwon for Haejangguk. Koreans drink alcohol and usually eat haejangguk the next day. The food served at this restaurant is not irritating and light. So, many people enjoy it.
- 8 Gabojung (가보정), 경기도 수원시 팔달구 인계동 장다리로 281, ☏ . 11:00-21:40. This restaurant is Suwon's representative beef restaurant. The typical food here is seasoned ribs. The side dishes that come with the beef are also excellent.
- 9 Suwonsamgyetang (수원삼계탕), 경기도 수원시 영통구 원천동 85-13, ☏ . 11AM-10PM. Samgyetang is a food that Koreans usually eat when they want to take care of themselves, and is this restaurant's specialty.
- 10 Myeong-ga ne (명가네), 경기도 수원시 권선구 탑동 금호로250번길 12-4, ☏ . 8:30-22:00. Sundae is boiled or steamed food with various ingredients in the intestines of cattle or pigs. You can enjoy this food in Suwon. You can enjoy this food in Suwon. This restaurant sells Sundae Gukbap at an affordable price. This restaurant sells not only sundae but also slices of boiled meat, so it is good to eat with alcohol.
- 11 Chogajib (초가집), 경기도 수원시 권선구 입북동 서수원로594번길 260, ☏ . 10AM-10PM. You can also enjoy seafood in Suwon. This restaurant is famous for Stir-fried Octopus with Rice. Though the normal Stir-fried Octopus with Rice is spicy, the Stir-fried Octopus with Rice at this restaurant is not spicy. so people who can't eat spicy can enjoy it.
Major nightlife seems to revolve around three areas: Ingyedong, Yeongtong, and Nammun (Paldamun).
In Ingyedong, you will find an amazing number of hofs, bars, restaurants, hostess bars, etc. There's also several Korean nightclubs such as Juliana, Boss etc.
- Club Loop. Open until 10:00. An "afterparty" club. Mainly electronic music (house, dance) and very large dance floor, which is packed on the weekends. Incredibly loud. Cover ₩15,000.
- Crazy Duck. Cheap drinks, darts and music. Popular among westerners and students.
Nammun is big among the university students of Suwon. It has a fashion street and the majority of nightlife is centered on Rodeo Street which is behind the main street to the left of Nammun Gate.
- 911 club. Famous for "drunken" tequila parties that it holds on Friday and Saturday night. It's a relaxed hip hop club with a bit of skate style.
- Rodeo nightclub.
Other areas that offer some nightlife options include the Ajou University area and the Suwon Station area. Where you will find:
- Plan B. A popular place among Ajou students, Aju-ro, Woncheon-dong.
- Club Tao (near Suwon Station). Large Korean-style dance club.
- Team Bar (near Suwon Station). Does bar shows.
- S bar (near Suwon Station).
- Ho rock (near Suwon Station). Serves pasta and steak, wine, and cocktails.
Yeongtong has the one of the major concentration of foreigners in Suwon city. Most of them are employees of Samsung Co. and the second dominant group are English teachers.
- Now Bar (Near the Kinex cinema.). Popular hangout for expat English teachers and foreign students because of its cheap beer, fun atmosphere and friendly owner and staff.
- Tinpan. Near KFC. Popular with students from the local university and teachers, plays mainly urban music. However has a wide range of cheap beers and cocktails.
- Sam Ryan's (near Suwon Station). The Suwon branch of the popular Itaewon bar, opened late 2011. Many beers on tap, good food, and plenty of sports on the big screen.
- The Big Chill (Big Chill), Namun (Namun, Rodeo Gil (St.) - 중동사거리 directly in front of Hotel Central/Central Hotel on the 3rd floor), ☏ . A really great bar that attracts plenty of foreigners and Koreans alike. A great atmosphere and staff. Pool table, darts, cheap drinks, and great company. Request your own music and chill with friends. It's also close to all of the other big areas to party such as Suwon Station and downtown Ingyedong.
- 1 DCT, 17 Hwasan-ro 223 Beongil, Jangan-gu (walking distance from Sungkyunkwan University Station), ☏ . 19:00-late.
There are dozens of love-hotel style motels (모텔) in Suwon, starting from ₩25,000 for a double room. They can be found in clusters near Suwon Station, in the Ingyedong party area and behind Ramada Hotel. Another cheap option are 'warm rooms' or jjimjilbang (찜질방) that can be found all over the city.
- 1 Suwon Hostel (수원화성사랑채), Nammun (Next to Hwaseong Palace.), ☏ . Friendly staff and a nice view from the roof. ₩30,000+.
- 2 The Hotel Starmade (스타메이드호텔), 1031-9, Ingye-Dong, Paldal-Ku, ☏ , ✉ email@example.com. Hotel offering free pick-up service, high speed internet and DVD movies.
- 3 Hotel Silkroad (대한민국 경기도 수원시 팔달구 인계동), 1022-1, Ingye-Dong, Paldal-Ku, ☏ , ✉ firstname.lastname@example.org. Hotel offering free pick-up service, high speed internet and DVD movies.