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    The Peace Park

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    The Peace Park include various monuments such as the Peace Bell, the Peace Garden, the Imjingang River Battle Memorial and the American War Monument. It is a place where tourists feel the pain of the war and national division as well as the country's desires for unification. It also honours all countries that took part in the Korean War as 14 countries took part.

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    Freedom Bridge

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    A bridge that does not connect - yet. This bridge is symbolic as it ends at the fence of the DMZ and allows Koreans to leave messages for family members that are in the North and therefore out of reach of any South Korean. A small sign next to the bridge states: "Opening Up - Breaking the 50 year barrier".

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    DMZ Museum

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Close to the 3rd Tunnel one can find the DMZ Welcome Centre and a small museum that explains and shows all aspects of the DMZ, the Korean War and attempts to unify the country. Most of the items are explained in borth English and Korean - expect that the museum is very busy.

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    View from the Unification Observatory

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    From the Observatory one has a clear view into North Korea and the DMZ. One can also see the North Korean Propaganda Village and farmland in North Korea. Using the telescope one can also see the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and a bronze statue of Kim Il-Seoung. Oddly though when I watched the North I did not see any movement of either people or cars.

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    Tongilchon

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Tongilchon is situated in the northern are of the Civilian Control Line and is home to 133 families and a total of 493 residents. The agricultural center sells local farm produce. In a nutshell this is a city in the DMZ.

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    The 3rd Tunnel

    by MikeAtSea Updated Jul 11, 2009

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    The 3rd Tunnel was discovered only 52 km away from Seoul. the tunnel has a lenght of 1635 m, is 2 m wide and 2 m tall. 30.000 fully armed North Korean soldiers could pass through this tunnel within one hour. This is the largest tunnel that has been discovered. Today visitors can enter this tunnel and walk underneath the DMZ todards North Korea - and allows you to get up to 200 m to the border - underground. However one is not allowed to take any pictures of the tunnel., hence the underground picture has been "googled".

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    Dorasan Station

    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Dorasan Station is the northernmost station of South Korea only 700m away from the southern boundary line of DMZ, the civil control zone. Since US president Bush visited Dorasan Station on February 20, 2002, it has come into spotlight internationally. Imjingak Station was opened in October 2001, and then Dorasan Station, the unfinished station of the Korean reconciliation was opened on February 12, 2002 through the special Mangbae train operation and after 52 years a train passed through the DMZ. However this was also the last time - at the time when I was there no other train has gone North - and the sign Pyongyang is just a symbol of hope.

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    Dorasan Station

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    This railroad station was built in 2003 after a 2000 agreement between the North and South to open rail service between the countries. The North reneged on the deal shortly after so no passenger trains actually go North yet. However, an ageement was just made to allow cargo trains to carry goods from here to a special industrial zone in the North.

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    Dora Observation point

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    This observation point gives you a direct view into North Korea and overlooks Panmunjeom (the joint security area). For some reason, they only allow pictures to be taken standing 10 ft back from the actual wall of the observation point so you get a much better view in real life than these pics.

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    Third tunnel tour

    by Jim_Eliason Updated Jan 11, 2009

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    This tunnel which is 1 of 5 so far discovered was found in 1978. It is believed that it was intended to circumvent the South Korean lines of defense in an attack. The North Koreans claim they were digging for coal and have actually painted the rocks black to back up their claim. The South Koreans believe that there may be 10-15 more tunnels they haven't found yet.

    In this tour, you can go down into the tunnel but they will not allow you to take pictures there.

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    Panmunjeom

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    DMZ tour is Different from Panmunjeon Tour (DMZ tour doesn't go to Panmunjeom) hence the price is lower in DMZ tours. (Hotel - Imjingak Park - The Bridge of Freedom - DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall - The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel - Dora Observatory - Dora Station - Pass by Unification Village - Ginseng center (or Amethyst factory) - Hotel) and it costs 48,000 won.

    Panmunjeom tours go to JSA, Peace House, Freedom House, Camp Bonifas, Bridge of Return, checkpoint 3 and costs 70,000 won for a half day tour and must be reserved at least 1 day in advance. A popular option is to Combine both and the cost is about 125,000 won.

    Caveat: always have your passport ready and wear smart casual clothes (no tank tops, spaghetti straps, flip flops, shorts, t-shirts, etc.) in Camp Bonifas, they will let you sign a waiver to avoid any liability if something happens to you.

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    Dorasan Train Station 2

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    freight trains began traveling north past Dorasan Station into North Korea in 2007 taking materials to the Kaesong Industrial Region, and returning with finished goods. It is scheduled to make one 10 mile trip every weekday. Plans to begin regular passenger service across the Imjin River to North Korea have yet to be finalized but hope springs eternal for the koreans.

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    Dorasan Train Station 1

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    A milestone of Dorasan station, which reads ‘205km from Pyeongyang and 56km from Seoul, has hope and anticipation for the future as well as the reality of division. It is expected that Dorasan station will be in charge of services for customs and clearance of men and goods and a hub of trade among North Korea, China, and Russia when the railroad of the Gyeongui line is connected.

    Dorasan Station is railroad station situated on the Gyeongui Line, which once connected North and South Korea and has now been restored. For several years the northernmost stop on the line was Dorasan Station, which is served by Tonggeun commuter trains.

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    DMZ Theater and Memorial

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    this is the second stop of the DMZ and DMZ + Panmunjeon Tours. Here you can find the third infiltration tunnel and the Korean Memorial with pictures and dioramas plus you can watch an 8 minute south korean propaganda film about the korean war.

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    Dora Observatory 2

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 26, 2008

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    Mt. Dora Observation Platform is located nearby the 3rd Tunnel. From this observation platform, North Korean military personnel are said to be visible, and so are the city of Gaeseong and the Propaganda Village but unfortunately, when we arrived here at mount Dora Observatory, it was cloudy hence I can barely see the North Korean Side!

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