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Friday, 6 December 2013

Suwon Hwaseong Fortress, Part X: Dongilporu Sentry Post (Vizards bleached this place).

If you mess with her, she will kill you.
Dongilporu (Hanja: 東一鋪樓), the First Eastern Sentry Post, is a wooden structure built on top of square turret that is located south of Changnyongmun Gate inside Suwon Hwaseong Fortress. The wooden structure is known as a poru while the square turret is known as a chiseong.

There are five similar structures at Hwaseong. All are constructed of brick and positioned on turrets that protrude beyond the fortress walls. The strategic locations allowed for easy attacks by artillery on enemies below.

One unique feature for this structure is that it is has no wooden front doors. This allowed troops to have a 360 degree view of the surrounding area. The stone juts further out beyond the the fortress wall compared to Bukseoporu (Northwestern Sentry Post).

Construction of this post was completed on July 10th 1796 and it was intended to defend the beacon tower. For this purpose, it extends further out from the wall than the north-western sentry post. It also lacks wooden front doors.

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