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Suwon welcomes visitors with traditional events, food

All Headlines 13:43 January 26, 2016

SUWON, South Korea, Jan. 26 (Yonhap) -- The city of Suwon is preparing to dazzle visitors from all around the world with its cultural splendor and traditional heritage, in celebration of the 220th anniversary of Hwaseong Fortress, city officials said Tuesday.

Hwaseong Fortress is a UNESCO World Cultural Heritage site that commemorates the filial affection and innovations of King Jeongjo, the 22nd monarch of the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910), who built the fortress.

The city in Gyeonggi Province, located some 50 kilometers south of Seoul, has designated the year as "Visit Suwon Hwaseong Year" and prepared diverse programs to welcome visitors.

One of the main activities will be walking along a two-hour-long course around the fortress, the Suwon City Government said. The city will float hot air balloons starting in June to offer views of the fortress at a height of 150 meters.

The city has discarded four sightseeing Hwaseong Trolley buses that are more than 10 years old and decided to make four new ones for operations in the near future.

A themed excursion is also prepared for visitors to experience traditional Korean games, such as archery, and ringing bells. A sightseeing guide will explain the historical and cultural background of the activities during the overnight itinerary, city officials said.

From April to June, a municipal troupe will perform martial arts every Saturday. A camp that provides classes on traditional courtesies, tea and archery is prepared for children to enjoy.

The city is also noted for its fine cuisine, such as galbi, or broiled short ribs, and old-style fried chicken.

On the street connecting Paldalmun Gate, the south gate of Hwaseong Fortress, and Suwon stream, visitors are welcomed by a dozen fried chicken restaurants, mostly more than 40 years old.

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