and D.I. made a 2 days trip to Hearst Castle in San Simeon, about half way
to L.A. along the Pacific coast, where they have visited once about 35
years ago with Seong-Koo family.
was built about 50 years ago by Mr. Hearst, the founder and owner of
"San Francisco Chronicle" newspaper and made a lot of money as the
"Newspaper King". He visited many European castles since he was a
small boy and built this castle imitating many European castles including
Roman Outdoor Pool. In each room, his collections of antiques are displayed
and many European style statues can be seen all around the castle.
(Castlewood Country Club was a part of Hearst Castle in Bay Area. That was
why it was named as "Castlewood".)
was totally different from 35 years ago, which was only 15 years after the
castle was built. There was no Visitor Center nor tour program at the time,
you could drive up to the castle and just walk around the castle without any
tour guide. Now, they have a large Visitor Center, 5 different bus tour
programs and many tour buses connecting Visitor Center and the castle on the
top of the hill, and became a quite a tourist spot with many visitors, even
in the off-season Monday morning.
took 1 hour 40 min. Tour-1 which is mostly outside of the castle for the
first time visitors but includes some inside rooms and 40 min. movie showing
how the castle was built in National Geographic Theater at Visitor Center.
Tour-2, Tour-3 and Tour-4 are mostly inside of the castle (all different
buildings) and Tour-5 is the special evening tour operated only in Spring
If you want to visit Hearst Castle, it is
highly recommended to visit www.hearst-castle.org
website and study the program in advance. It is no longer owned by Hearst
family but donated to the California State Park and operated by the
California State Park system.