Start your morning at Hwaseong Fortress, located 19 miles (30 km) from Seoul. Travel by comfortable climate-controlled coach when your guide picks you up at your Seoul hotel, learning the history of the UNESCO World Heritage-listed fortress during your scenic drive.
Disembark upon your arrival and follow your guide through the site, exploring the fortified walls, stopping at gates and artillery towers, and admiring the architecture of the official fortress of Suwon. During the approximately 1.5 hours you spend at the fortress, your guide explains how and why the fortress was constructed in the late 18th century, towards the end of the Joseon Dynasty (1392–1910).
When you depart from Hwaseong Fortress, continue by coach to your afternoon destination: the Korean Folk Village. Head into the village's traditional market to enjoy a classic Korean lunch of bibimbap (a rice dish with meat and vegetables). Taste other specialties such as Korean rice cakes and traditional liquor if you like (additional expense).
The Korean Folk Village opened in 1974, after more than 260 traditional houses were carefully renovated to showcase elements of the late Joseon era, including various household goods and artifacts from different regions. Set out on foot to discover aspects of Korean culture and folk customs like nongak musical performances or jultagi tightrope acrobatics. Inside the workshops you’ll find artisans making traditional handicrafts such as pottery, baskets, bamboo wares, paper, brass wares, fans, musical instruments, embroidery and more.
After approximately three hours at the village, re-board the coach for the return to Seoul, with drop-off at your hotel.