Tuesday 14 November 2017

Hwaseong Fortress

The story behind this fortress is kind of creepy . It was built by King Jeongjo  to house and honor the remains of his father who was executed by order of his own father, the previous king, by being confined in a rice chest where he died of starvation.

Hwaseong Fortress
This postcard was sent by Jennifer

Hwaseong is a piled-stone and brick fortress of the Joseon Dynasty that surrounds the centre of Suwon City, of Gyeonggi-do Province. It was built in the late 18th century by King Jeongjo for defensive purposes, to form a new political basis and to house the remains of his father, Crown Prince Jangheon. The massive walls of the fortress, which are 5.74 km in length, enclose an area of 130 ha and follow the topography of the land. The Suwoncheon, the main stream in Suwon, flows through the centre of the fortress. - in: http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/817

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