Hotels in Hongseong, South Korea

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Hongseong, South Korea
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Where to stay in Hongseong

About Hongseong

With a picturesque river snaking through its heart, Hongseong is a small city at the heart of South Korea’s Hongseong County. It’s home to a centuries-old fortress that saw numerous attacks and uprisings, as well as a memorial dedicated to the locally-born “literary artist”, Lee Ung No. Hongseong plays host to several festivals throughout the year, including the Naepo Festival that celebrates the rich culture of the region.

Things to do in Hongseong

An architectural highlight of Hongseong is the Hongjuseong Fortress, which was first built in the early Joseon Dynasty to defend the area against Japanese attacks. It witnessed the Japanese invasion of Korea in 1592 and the uprising of the peasants in Hongseong before being largely reconstructed by Hongju-moksa Han Eun-pil in 1870. Marvel at its remaining gates and the Anhuidang Hall, then admire the zelkova tree that grows in its inner courtyard.

A short drive north of Hongseong is the 381-metre-high peak of Yongbong-san, which is a popular hiking destination for local residents. Follow the five-kilometre-long loop trail that leads to the rock-dotted summit or challenge yourself on the surrounding rock climbing routes.

Art enthusiasts shouldn’t miss a visit to the House of Lee Ung No, which celebrates the life and work of this Hongseong-born painter. It’s located adjacent to a striking memorial designed by Sung Yong Joh that features four exhibition spaces, a cafe and a library. Learn about Lee Ung No’s training in traditional bamboo painting and his studies in Tokyo where he was introduced to Western-style landscape painting.

Getting around Hongseong

Hongseong is around two hours by train from Seoul Station and just under four hours from Incheon International Airport. Buses travel throughout Hongseong and connect most of its attractions.