P'aju Travel Guide

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  • The Peace Park

    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...

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  • Freedom Bridge

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Unification Observatory

    This is the northernmost observatory in South Korea where one can see right into North Korea. Be aware one cannot take photographs directly next to the walls and South Korean soldiers will stop you.

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  • Tongilchon

    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

    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 -...

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  • Dorasan Station

    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...

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  • Dorasan Station

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Unification Park

    This is the first stop on the DMZ tour and the last stop for private vehicles. Beyond this point, only special buses are allowed to go to the DMZ.

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  • Panmunjeom

    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...

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  • Memorial to Reunification

    This memorial was erected for the Eventual Reunification of North and South Korea and also for the unknown train personnel who died during the korean war.

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  • Dorasan Train Station 2

    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...

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  • Dorasan Train Station 1

    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...

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  • DMZ Theater and Memorial

    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

    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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  • Dora Observatory 1

    too bad that it was cloudy when we visited it so you can't see kaesong, ongjin peninsula at the horizon even with binoculars. those areas were originally part of south korea since they are below the 38th parallel but was captured by the north during the war. South korea captured land above the 38th parallel in the east part. (sockcho and mount...

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  • Third Inflitration Tunnel

    The Third Tunnel of Aggression was discovered in October of 1978. It is located 52km from Seoul. It is apparently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul from North Korea and can easily accommodate a full division per hour along with their weaponry. A total of four tunnels have been discovered so far, but there are believed to be up to ten...

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  • DMZ Cable Car

    the DMZ Cable car has a view of Imjingak Park and the Imjin River and runs back and forth through the DMZ but not near the Military Demarcation Line. a ride costs 7,000 won.

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P'aju Warnings and Dangers

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    by MikeAtSea Written Jul 11, 2009

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    Remember you are effectivley in a war zone - since North and South Korea are de facto still at war. Part of the DMZ are mine fields - therefore do not walk into bushes or go off the beaten path - not only will you get into trouble with South Korean soldiers but you might also step ontop of a mine!

    Mine fields!!
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  • Map of Paju City!

    Paju City is Promoting other Areas besides the DMZ and you can find free brochures and maps of Paju city being given in Imjingak Ticket Counters. It is worth a look see since the brochures are free. assorted free maps of paju city and the Imjingak freedom park and the environs around the dimiliterized zone in south korea.

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  • Requirments for Entry

    You cannot just take your car and drive into the DMZ - as it is a military controlled sector. Foreigners must be older than 10 years and must have a passport to enter the DMZ. Koreans must be older than 10 years and must be in a group (30~43 persons).

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  • ATM for Instant Cash

    Be Sure to Look at the front or side of the ATM Machine if it Accept International ATM Cards, you will see the Logos of the International ATM Consortiums such as Plus, Discovery, Cirrus, Maestro, etc. at the front or sides of the ATM and also on the screen if it says International ATM Card!International ATMs charge minmal surcharge rates for each...

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