Namhansanseong Fortress Stood Tall In The Face of Invasions!

Namhansanseong Fortress is one of the many palaces and forts attractions that you should visit. Temples, national parks, valleys, waterfalls, beaches, lakes, hot springs, cultural villages and castles are major attractions of South Korea. Castles and fortresses bear testimony to a tumultuous history of Korea. The forts and palaces unfold the past.

The five thousand yeas old history of Korea, with castles and fortresses scattered around the countryside beckons travelers. Although most of the castles and forts lay in ruins, the surviving ones are found in the vicinity of Seoul, the capital city and ideal gateway to the Korean peninsula.

History shows that Korea has survived almost 900 invasions. The fortresses were built to guard the people against external invasions. The first fortifications made of mud and timber can be traced back to around 2 B.C. As technology became more advanced, new techniques were applied in the building of castles.

Namhansanseong Fortress in South Korea located in Seongnam in Gyeonggi Province is a major tourist attraction. You can catch amazing views of the pine trees beautifying the mountain slopes. You can see the past unfolding before you with a fleet of soldiers marching up the steep inclines.

  • The Fortress prides itself on much military significance
  • It was initially built as an earthen fortress about 2000 years ago
  • The fortress was reconstructed various time before it was given final shape in 1624. The invasion of the Manchu army hastened the final process of reconstruction
  • King Injo and a few thousand soldiers and Buddhist warrior monks resisted an invading army of 130,000 men over 45 days during the Manchu invasion of 1636
  • A section of the fortress was set ablaze by an invading Japanese army in 1907
  • Marks of the bullets during the Korean War can be seen in the fortress walls

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