Date : Sat, September 21, 2019
- Cultural tour is free of charge, and is based on a first-come-first-served basis.
- The total number of cultural tour participants may be limited. When you arrive at the registration desk, please register for the cultural tour.
|10:30||Freedom Bridge-Peace Bell-Imjingak|
|12:00||Dorasan station & observatory|
Tongilchon (unification village)-Jangdan Bean Tofu
|16:40||Departure (Jaun Seowon)|
|17:00||Drop off at Seoul Station|
Background of DMZ
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended with a cease-fire. The Northern and Southern Limit Lines were created as each side moved their troops back 2km from the Military Demarcation Line. The lines reach 248 km in length from Jeongdong-ri, Paju-si to Myeongho-ri, Goseong-gun. At the present time, an area within 2 km in both the north and south side is designated as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone). Excluding the DMZ, the overall area is considered to be the most heavily militarized region in the world.
Background of Imjingak
Imjingak Resort, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean War. Imjingak was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. The three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center.
In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. It has been under reconstruction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. It is now one of the more famous DMZ tourist spots for foreigners because it is possible to visit without going through any security check points.
Freedom Bridge is located at the back of Bangbaedan Altar in front of Imjingak Square in Majeong-ri, Munsan-eup. It was named Freedom Bridge because 12,733 Korean War prisoners returned home for freedom through this bridge in 1953. It also has symbolic significance of return to freedom. As much as so, Freedom Bridge is a representative heritage of the Korean War.
The Peace Bell was built in 2000 to pray for peace of the human race and national unification in celebration of the new millennium. Symbolizing the 21st century, it was built with 21 stairs and in the weight of 21 tons.
Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park
Pyeonghwa Nuri is built as a large lawn to accommodate 20,000 people. In this park, the visitors can enjoy various performances and Cafe ‘Annyeong’ serves a wide range of teas. Pyeonghwa Nuri also offers Pavilion of the Candle of Life, Dolmuji to pray for national unification, “Annyeong,” a global cafe, and the Hill of Music.
Paju DMZ Theater
DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall is a place where you can watch a video which explains about the 3rd tunnel and other tunnels as well as history of the division of Korea. Paju DMZ is at a crossroad where the clear water of Imjingang River connects between South and North Korea. Flowing from Hangyeongnam-do and into Hangang River, Imjingnag River shows off its beauty as it serenely passes through the cease-fire line. However, it is remembered as a site of the painful and tragic national division of the Korean Peninsula.
Camp Greaves DMZ Experience Center
Camp Greaves is the returned place as of August 2007 after US Army Force withdrawal in 1997. It was a camp base for the 506th US Second Infantry Division for about 50 years after the ceasefire agreement of Korean War. An accommodation for officers, living hall, physical activity hall and several other army facilities remained intact, and are considered to be the ‘Modern Cultural Heritage’ cultural assets. The camp turned into a peace and security experience facility, and it is located just about 2km away from the DMZ.
DMZ Peace Train
Overcoming the pain of history and focusing on the greatness of nature and life, the DMZ train is introduced with three cabins, each with a theme of peace, love and harmony respectively. Seats with great views of the outside, cafe, photo-zone, photo gallery and many other services are provided in this tourist train. Passengers can enjoy great scenic views on the DMZ train as it bypasses the renowned Imjingang Railroad Bridge.
Dorasan station / Dora Observatory
Dorasan Station, a railway station on the Gyeongui Line, is the northernmost stop on South Korea’s railway line. Located 56 km from Seoul and 205 km from Pyeongyang, the station was opened as a tourist attraction on April 4, 2002 right before the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup. Dorasan station can be reached by getting on the Gyeongui Line from Seoul Station. Dora Observatory is on the South Korean side of the 38th parallel. Situated on top of Dorasan (Mount Dora), the observatory looks across the Demilitarized Zone. It is the part of South Korea closest to the North. Visitors will be able to see the North Korean propaganda village situated in the DMZ, a remnant of the old prosperity of the North, and can see as far as the city of Kaesong.
The Jaun Seowon
The Jaun Seowon Confucian Academy is home to the tablets of Yulgok Yi I, a great scholar of the Joseon Dynasty. Yulgok was born in his mother’s childhood home in Gangneung in 1536, the 31st year of King Jungjong’s reign. The site is home to the Memorial Hall (free admission) where artifacts related to Yulgok and his mother Sinsaimdang are on exhibit. The tomb of Yulgok Yi I is located to the west of the Memorial Hall and sits above the tomb of Sinsaimdang with the tombs of other relatives. It is unique that the tomb of Yi I is above that of his mother.