Last Saturday Steph graciously let me borrow her partner, Ric, for the day. Ric and I had originally planned to bike up to Uiwang to check out a railroad museum, but because I hadn’t been feeling so hot, we decided to take the train there instead (a bit more fitting transportation-wise perhaps), which would also give us time to hit Suwon’s Hwaseong Fortress on the way back to Cheonan.
The weather was nice– sunny and clear– perfect for investigating old trains and metro cars parked and weathering on small plots outside of the museum building.
After Ric satisfied himself with trains and engines and valves and whatnot, we headed over to Suwon to grab street food. For the hell of it, we bought some candy from the back of a stranger’s truck (wasn’t there a special on Fox News or Dateline warning the public of the dangers of strangers with candy?).
Even from the street, we could tell the hike up to the Fortress was not going to be an easy one.
Even though I am in moderately good shape (I mean, hello, B.A.S.K.! hahah), I found myself out of breath on the climb up. I’ll just blame it on my cold… At any rate, the views of Suwon were nice.
And before we knew it, we had made it to the top. Time for some victory struts. We walked around for a bit and snapped some photos before heading back down to catch the train.
Wikipedia informs me that Hwaseong Fortress was built in the 18th century by King Jeongjo to honor his father who was murdered by his father in a fairly horrific way: death by rice casket. The fortess was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1997.