“Special Ways to Enjoy Special DMZ”
Q. Why Should You See the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) in Gyeonggi-do?
A. It is a special area formed by the unique combination of history and nature. It is the only demilitarized area in the world. Over the last five decades, the DMZ, along with the northern section of the Civilian Control Zone, has been free of human intervention, preserving nature at its best. Considered as a reservoir with one of the most pristine natural ecosystems in the world, the DMZ offers special tour experiences to visitors. But the DMZ tour in Gyeonggi-do offers much more. Special ways for your added tour experiences include the DMZ bike tour, DMZ Train, and Pyeonghwa (Peace) Nuri Trail.
#1. Enjoying the DMZ on Two Wheels: DMZ Bike Tour
Do you want to tour the Civilian Control Zone rarely open to visitors by bike?
Have you ever imagined what it would be like to see and experience one of the precious natural ecosystems in the world and the symbol of the division of the two Koreas?
The DMZ Bike Tour runs for 17.2km along the fences demarcating the Civilian Control Line.
In collaboration with the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Gyeonggi-do offers this unique bike tour along the Civilian Control Line to promote the national yearning for reunification. Initially, the program was limited to 100 participants as well as to a small designated area. But it has become a popular event with up to 300 participants allowed to join. The application period for the program available each month closes quickly due to popularity. The program conveys unique experiences of viewing the breathtaking Imgingang River with superb natural resources and iron rails that has become the symbol of the division of the two Koreas while biking.
The tour starts from the Imgingak Pavilion, followed by the Unification Village Intersection (part of the Civilian Control Line), Gunnae Intersection, and Chopyeongdo Island.
[DMZ Bike Tour]
Tour RouteImjingak Pavilion-Unification Bridge – Gunnae Intersection- Chopyeongdo IslandPeriodMarch to November (fourth Sunday of each month)Participants300 (first-come, first-served)Eligible ParticipantsSocialized bike club members as well as anyone wanting to participate in the tourCost10,000 won per person (additional 3,000 won for bike and helmet rental)SouvenirLocal produce in PajuHosted and Organized byGyeonggi-do / Gyeonggi Tourism OrganizationInquiries82-31-956-8310
#2. Exciting DMZ Train Travel: DMZ Train
The DMZ Train is the only train that operates within the Civilian Control Zone. Dorasan Station, the destination of the DMZ Train, is also the only station within the Civil Control Line.
The trail operates two times a day between Seoul Station and Dorasan Station. The first train departs at 8:30 a.m., and the second train departs at 1:40 p.m. from Seoul Station. (The train doesn’t operate on Mondays or during national holidays falling on weekdays.)
The train consists of three cars: Pyeonghwasil, Sarangsil, and Hwahapsil. Each car offers a photo exhibition that depicts trails, wars, and the ecosystem.
Passengers can view the landscape through spacious window seats or observe the view in front of and behind the train through a video monitor. The café section offers DMZ souvenirs including military crackers, C-rations, rice balls, and discontinued iron rails.
The DMZ Train recommends two tour routes: Security Tour and General Tour. For the Security Tour, visitors need to purchase a Security Tour Pass at the Imjingang Station ticket booth operated by Paju City. Upon reaching Dorasan Station, the pass allows visitors to tour the Third Tunnel and Dora Observatory by bus. The General Tour lets visitors walk around in the Dorasan Peace Park 300m away from Dorasan Station.
A DMZ Train pass can be purchased at railway stations across the country, on the Korail homepage, or on the mobile application Korail Talk. In addition, DMZ Plus offers a day-pass for the DMZ Train. International visitors must carry their passports to purchase a DMZ Train pass.
[For inquiries] http://www.korail.com (in English, Japanese, and Chinese)
Security Tour (bus): 82-31-940-8523 (information desk)
Dorasan Peace Park: 82-31-953-0409 (Gyeonggi Tourism Organization)
DMZ Train: 82-2-3149-2024/3333 (Travel Counseling Center, Seoul Station)
Railway Customer Center: 82-1544-7788
[DMZ Train Information]
*DMZ Train Hours
|Seoul||Neunggok||Munsan||Imjingang River||Dorasan Mountain|
|General Ticket (one-way adult fare)||Seoul → Dorasan Mountain||8,900 won||8,700 won|
|Seoul → Imjingang River||8,600 won||8,400 won|
|Munsan → Dorasan Mountain||8,400 won||8,400 won|
|Specific Route Fare1)||Imjingang River ⇔ Dorasan Mountain||10,000 won (two-way)|
|DMZ Plus2)||Seoul ⇔ Dorasan Mountain||16,000 won for adults; 11,200 won for seniors and minors; 8,000 won for children|
|DMZ Local Resident Pass3)||Munsan → Imjingang River||4,000 won for day-pass; 20,000 won for 10-day pass; 40,000 won for 20-day pass; 60,000 won for 30-day pass|
1) Specific Route Fare is intended for customers reaching Dorasan Station from Imjingang Station (one-way for 5,000 won and roundtrip for 10,000 won)
2) DMZ Plus is a limitless travel pass within a given period; users of the pass also receive many benefits and discounts associated with major attractions including theme parks, hotels, department stores, and city tours.
*Recommended Tour Route: Best 2
|Recommended Routes (a prior reservation required for Security Tour)|
|Security Tour (linked to a bus)||Seoul Station → Dorasan Station → The Third Tunnel → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Seoul Station|
|General Tour (walking)||Seoul Station → Dorasan Station → Pyeonghwa (Peace) Park (tile murals)→ Dorasan Station → Seoul Station|
※ Visitors can purchase a Security Tour pass at a ticket booth operated by Paju City. It costs 8,700 won for adults; an additional 3,000 won fee applies to those who want to use an elevator in the Third Tunnel.
* Special Remarks
– Dorasan Station is located within the Civilian Control Zone. As such, visitors must carry with them a roundtrip pass and personal identification. In addition, visitors must fill out a separate entry application form, receive an entry pass, and wear it.
– Visitors are now allowed to enter prohibited areas and must follow the instructions of any military or guiding officials.
* How to Purchase a DMZ Train Pass
– When using the Korail homepage, click on the menus in the following order: Tour Train -> Pyeonghwa (Peace) Trail -> Ticket Purchase.
– When using the Korail Talk, click on the Discount Products/Tour Train and choose the DMZ Train.
– Visitors can purchase a pass at any window in railway stations just like purchasing any general railway ticket.
#3. The Most Special Walking Travel in the World: Pyeonghwa (Peace) Nuri Trail
This is the northernmost trail in South Korea as the only divided country in the world. Opened in May 2010, the trail connects Gimpo, Paju, Yeoncheon, and Goyang near the DMZ. Consisting of 12 routes (three routes in Gimpo, two routes in Goyang, two routes in Paju, and three routes in Yeoncheon), the trail stretches over 189km. Each route is approximately 15km-long and takes 4 to 5 hours for visitors to complete.
Dotted along the trail are village alleys, rice paddies, dikes, costal iron rails, downstream the Hangang River, and the Imgingang River, letting visitors experience Korean nature, history, and culture at their finest.
In addition, -do in collaboration with the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization, Gyeonggi-do operates the Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail Walking Event. Detailed routes are available on the website noted below.[For inquiries] www.walkyourdmz.com (in Korea)
031-956-8310 (Gyeonggi Tourism Organization)
[Pyeonghwa Nuri Trail Routes]
|Paju Route||11km||The route starts from the Imjingak Pavilion and leads to the Eco Museum Street full of unique artwork followed by the Jangsan Observatory overlooking the Imjingang River and the Yulgok Wetland Park surrounded by blissful cosmos flowers.|
|Gimpo Route||12km||The route starts from the Sculpture Park, followed by Cheongnyong Hall, Jogang Reservoir (a popular site for fishing and jogging), and the Civilian Control Line.|
|Goyang Route||12km||The route starts from Ilsan Lake Park, passes the Civilian Control Line along the Hangang River, and ends up in the Haengjusanseong Fortress known for the Great Battle of Haengju.|
|Yeoncheon Route||15km||The route starts from Yeoncheon Public Stadium, passes Yeoncheon Lohas Park (a farm and recreational village), and ends in Herb Village, a popular attraction in Yeoncheon.|