Suwon Culture Night: Celebrating Korea’s Fortress City

Suwon Culture Night: Celebrating Korea’s Fortress City

If you’re planning to visit Suwon for its Hwaseong Fortress and Culture Night, why not make a side trip to other attractions in Gyeonggi-do? Check out the list here.

The Rundown

  • Suwon is the provincial capital of Gyeonggi, which is known for its theme parks, lake parks, and historical sites.

  • Suwon Culture Night is an event in Korea that’s held in the second-half of each year to promote Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, which is a UNESCO cultural heritage site.

  • If you plan to attend the Culture Night in Suwon, you will be able to enjoy the magnificently lit Hwaseong Fortress Trail, Hwahongmun Gate, Banghwa Suryujeong Pavilion, and Suwon Intangible Heritage Center.

  • Also in Gyeonggi-do is the famous Everland theme park. Check out ticket availability and price here.

  • The 2018 run of Suwon Culture Night took place on September 7-8.

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Suwon Culture Night

Following the success of the first part of this year's Suwon Culture Night (held in August),  a second round will be held on September 7-8, 2018 to put focus on the history and charm of Hwaesong Fortress Trail, Hwahongmun Gate, Banghwa Suryujeong Pavilion, and Suwon Intangible Heritage Center. With the theme Fortress City Embraced by Moonlight, visitors will appreciate the stunning display of the historical attractions as well as night performances, meals, and tours.

This paid event is expected to have the following:

  • Suwon Night View: Special night tour of Suwon Hwaseong Fortress & cultural facilities

  • Suwon Hwaseong Media Art (Exhibitions)

  • Cultural Heritage Tour at night

  • Walking Tour through Suwon Hwaseong fortress village

  • Night Performance

  • Late-night Meal

  • Night Market within the fortress village

  • Special one-night stay inside of the fortress

Suwon Culture Night in 2017 drew over 192,000 visitors. 


  • If you’re looking to attend the next run of Suwon Culture Night, you can get the details from Suwon Cultural Foundation’s news and updates section here.

Suwon Haesong

Image credit: Suwon Cultural Foundation

According to the introductory text from Suwon Cultural Foundation, the Suwon Hwaseong castle was completed in September 1796 and became a symbol of political thought that aimed to eradicate "sectarian politics and the realization of a strong kingdom politics. "

Its facilities include the following:

Image credit: Suwon Cultural Foundation

  • Changanmun (Changan Gate) - huge gate that has surrounding half-moon shaped glaze

  • Paldalmun (Paldal Gate) - name derived from the word 'Sadongseoldaal,' which means that the gate gives you access to every place.

  • Northwest Air Center - unique facility that exploits the enemies' attack

  • Tohoku North Tower - command post that gives a strategic look of the surroundings

  • Tohoku Air Force - unique part of the castle that has a spiral staircase leading to the top

  • Namsumun - water gate made in the point where Suwon Stream flows down south from Hwahongmoon and meets the castle again.

Suwon Culture Night 2018: Location & Details

825, Jeongjo-ro, Paldal-gu, Suwon-si, Gyeonggi-do
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To get to Suwon Culture Night's event location, you can view the transportation options here.

As noted by the Korea Tourism Organization, ticket information for 2018's event will be available on Suwon Cultural Foundation's website later this August. Visit the site here.


  • If your goal is to immerse in Korea's history and culture, you may also want to purchase a Discover Seoul Pass, which would let you in to more than 30 attractions in Seoul. Click here to read our guide.

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