Travel to DMZ, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow
Travel to DMZ, which has been lasted for forty-eight, is the representative historical place in Korea. It makes local residents to inspire security for our country, and it lets foreigner feel the how important peace and liberty are by representing our national division. If so, when have we traveled DMZ and where are we about traveling to DMZ?
Something had to know when traveling DMZ
There are several things you have to know before you travel to DMZ.You could check several points that help you to have wonderful experiences in DMZ.
* Visitors must be at least 10 years old * Observe the visiting hours (If visitors don’t follow reservation time, it will be canceled)* Wearing the proper outfits (banned on wearing military uniform, sleeveless shirt, too revealing clothes, short pants, slippers, leather pants, training outfit, torn or too glittering jeans)* Do not touch facilities in Panmunjeom conference, especially flags or microphone* No drinking and bring liquor* Required an identification card (ex. resident card)
Civilian may not go into DMZ easily. If you want to travel security sightseeing in DMZ, we recommend you 15 border line areas nearby DMZ. There are many attractions to enjoy pure nature which has been preserved well, observatories to see DMZ and North Korea’s land. However those security tour attractions are also having many military areas where should keep securities so you need to check entrance availability with office before and must bring an identification card.
There are some attractions which we cannot take pictures or videos in terms of security needs. Also sometimes we should take photos in designated areas. So it is good to check with guide assistants or administrators in advance.
It is not possible. Visitors group should be 30~45 people. And application opens only for 2 month later on line (www.nis.go.kr). So you need to register to visit Panmunjeom 2 months before in there.
After the request for visiting, the process may take about 2~3 months because police make visitors’ identification - it usually takes a month -. If the group is big, it also can be extended to 4~5 months. Plus there would be possibility of cancelation when government gives notification to cancel visiting Panmunjeom because of South-North Dialogue or UN’s situation and so on.
You can take subway from Seoul to Munsan Station. From Munsan station, you can go to Dorasan station with Gyeongui Line which is circle line of Munsan station, Uncheon station, Imjingang station and Dorasan station. There are two way to approach to Mansan station which is located between Paju staton and Uncheon station. First, taking subway line No.6 from Digital Media City station and second, taking Gyeongui Line heading to Munsan from Seoul station. Dorasan station in civilian control line is located in the northernmost station in South Korea so you should register for entrance and linked tour in Imjungang station.