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Suwon (Suwon-si) is the largest city in and capital of Gyeonggi Province, South Korea. Suwon is approximately 30 kilometres (20 miles) south of Seoul, on the Gyeongbu railway line and also the new KTX bullet train line.
It is also a stop on Seoul Subway Line 1, and can be reached from downtown Seoul in under an hour.
King Jeongjo made an ultimately unsuccessful attempt to make Suwon the nation's capital in 1796 with the construction of Hwaseong, a fortress wall running around the entire city intended to guard the tomb of his father which he had located there. The fortress exists today, and is a designated UNESCO World Heritage site. The walls once encircled the entire city, but recent urban growth has seen the city spread out far beyond the fortress.
Birthplace of Eunmi Choi
Suwon is famous for Suwon kalbi, a delicious variation on the original kalbi theme enjoyed throughout Korea.
Study & Entertainment
Ajou University is located in Suwon, and is a ten-minute walk from the Suwon World Cup Stadium, a venue during the 2002 World Cup tournament and home to K-League side Suwon Samsung Bluewings. The city is also home to Korean Baseball Organization team Hyundai Unicorns.
The south campus of Sungkyunkwan University is located in Suwon.
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