My husband had to work, so I toured Suwon on my own. A lot of the signs are in English which helped, some. I was told if I took a business card for the hotel all I needed to do was hail a cab and show him the card. The driver would know what to do. With that in mind, I packed my backpack with water, my camera, a general map, and a vague idea of where I wanted to go. My son told me I should go towards the Suwon train station and I wanted to go see the Olympic park. It was a beautiful sunny day. Off I went into the wild blue yonder. I took photos with my phone to give me some idea of where I was.
|McDonalds delivery mopeds|
|Suwon Stn, a destination for today|
|Park with an amphitheater|
|Pedestrian overpass with elevator.|
|From the top of the overpass.|
Monday night we had dinner at a nice restaurant, Japanese style. I wore a dress. Good thing I brought a sweater. The food was very different, but this being an adventure, I tried it all. Not too bad.
Feeling pretty good after a successful first day, I decided to go to Hwaseong Fortress. The map provided by the hotel indicated that it was only about a twenty minute walk. Turn right out the door, two blocks, make a left, half a mile and there it is. Well, the map was missing about a dozen or so streets. Still, undaunted and not in a hurry I zigged, zagged, explored, and eventually found it. Not at all what I expected, yet had a great time and met an older gentleman who spoke very good English.
|First building of the fortress. The road goes around it, both sides.|
|Market place at the entrance to the fortress.|
|A woman selling her crops on the street.|
|Down the alleyway.|
|Looking across the street to the main entrance.|
|This 'thing' is people powered. They are sitting on bikes.|
|Golden statue up the hill. I hiked above and beyond.|
|The back wall. Apartments right across the street.|
I remembered my battery this trip and took about 200 pictures. What struck me most was the juxtaposition of old and new, like the picture above. The building in the background was someone's house. The wall, that of the fortress. The gentleman I met told me the Japanese burned down the original fortress and this is a replica, only about 200 years old. It must have been field trip day because children were everywhere
|Catching dragon flies.|
|Children on a field trip.|
|My trolley companions.|
|This is at the very top, back of the wall. You can see for miles.|
|Loved the details.|