Changnyongmun Gate

Changnyongmun Gate at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon
View of the gate on a snowy winter evening

Changnyongmun Gate, also known as Dongmun, is the eastern gate of Hwaseong. The name refers to the blue dragon of feng shui, which represents the east.

Construction started on May 8, 1795 and was completed only five months later on October 17, 1795. The names of those who were involved with construction are carved into a polished granite wall to left of the structure. All other similar plaques at the fortress have been lost.

It is unique that the outside encircling wall is open on one side. This feature is absent in both Janganmun Gate and Paldalmun Gate.

The tower, a one story wooden pavilion above the granite base, was destroyed during the Korean War in the early 1950s. It was rebuilt in 1976.