Namporu (Southern Sentry Post)

Namporu (Southern Sentry Post) at Hwaseong Fortress in Suwon
Place of attack on enemies below

Namporu, the southern sentry post, is a wooden structure built on top of square turret. The wooden structure is known as a poru while the square turret is known as a chiseong.

The sentry post is located between Paldalmun Gate and Seonamammun (Southwestern Secret Gate).

There are five similar structures at Hwaseong Fortress. All are constructed of brick. They are positioned on turrets that protrude beyond the fortress walls. This position allowed for easy attacks by artillery on enemies below.

The main purpose of this structure was to guard the area around Paldalmun Gate, Seonamgangnu, and the Yongdo (Passageway).

Construction on the structure completed on July 9, 1796.