The debut of this feature takes me to Suwon, more than an hour’s subway ride from my apartment. Suwon, considered to be outside of Seoul’s city limits, is the capital of Gyeonggi, the province (do in Korean) surrounding Seoul. The attraction that drew me out of Seoul was Hwaseong Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage site constructed at the end of the 18th century by King Jeongjo to honor his father’s remains. The wall, which stretches for nearly six kilometers, still surrounds much of Suwon today. On top of adding to my “See a New Thing Each Week” tour, it was a good excuse for me to break in the new toy.
 Even though the province of Gyeonggi surrounds it, Seoul is considered to be separate from Gyeonggi-do by way of its designation as a special city. Seoul is directly governed by the central government, which puts it on the same level as provinces.