Thursday, October 18, 2012

SOUTH KOREA ~Hwaseong Fortress~

Received my first of 3 South Korean postcard promissed by Johnson who visited their UNESCO sites.
...a lovely view with such a calm and tranquil atmosphere...Thanks a lot Johnson!!

With nice but tiny flag and sea shell stamp.
Banghwa Suryujeong, pavilion of the Northeast Angle Tower, standing above Yongyeon, the Dragon Pond of of Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon

Hwaseong Fortress is actually a circular wall (nearly 6km long) surrounding the old city. It stands on Mount Paldalsan. Around it there are numerous bastions, towers and gates. The construction of the fortress was initiated by King Jeongjo, the 22nd king of the Joseon dynasty in January 1794 and it was completed in September 1796. It was designed to defend the southern approach to the capital, primarily against the old enemy, theJapanese.

Hwaseong Fortress was registered as a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site in 1997.

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