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Tuesday, 1 October 2013

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Part IX: Hwahongmun Flood Gate (Please Bleach your boobies. Just Kidding!)

The Suwon Stream cuts across Suwon Hwaseong Fortress from the North to the South. Water gates were installed on the north and south walls to allow the river to flow through. Hwahongmun Flood Gate (화홍문/華虹門) or also known as Buksumun (北水門) is the north water gate of the fortress, containing seven arches, constructed in varying sizes, to let the water through. The central opening is larger than the ones towards the outside, making it easier to control the rainfall and prevent flash flood in Suwon. A bower on the stream was a resting place for the people and equipped with cannons to guard the fortress. On the hill east of the Hwahongmun Gate lies a fabulously built Banghwasuryujeong Pavilion (방화수류정/訪花隨柳亭) a.k.a DongbukGangnu (동북각루/東北閣樓) .

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