Camp Greaves was the oldest US base where the US Army used to be stationed since the ceasefire agreement of the Korean War. It is also famous as Uruk Base, which was featured prominently in the popular TV drama “Descendants of the Sun.” After the withdrawal of the US Army, it was about to be dismantled, only to be remodeled into a peace security experience facility for civilians in 2013. Today, it is being used as a new tourism resource within DMZ. Since it is located a mere 2m away from the demilitarized zone (DMZ), which is a buffer area to prevent conflicts between South and North Korea, it has value as modern cultural heritage with traces of a military camp.
As a result of Paju City’s effort, the camp has been transformed into a peace security experience facility for civilians. It has been remodeled into a youth hostel that offers various experiences such as security tour and DMZ ecological experiences for visitors while spending overnight within the Civilian Access Control Line.
Guestroom in barracks style
Common shower room
The hostel can accommodate up to 240 people. After experiencing various programs such as staying at the accommodation resembling military barracks, dining with a food tray used in the military, and attending security education and Country Love Concert, visitors will feel as if they were in the army. It offers various curricula such as same-day program, 2-day 1-night program, and 3-day 2-night program.
Camp Greaves is available via group reservation only (30 people or more).
Submit a reservation application via online -> Phone counseling -> Confirm schedule and program -> Complete reservation
Website – http://dmzcamp131.or.kr/html/sub_04/sub_02_01_01.php
Inquiries – +82-31-953-6981
Unique national security experience
*Peaceful Unification Program – Offers various programs including Security Yes/No Game, which provides an opportunity to think about the importance of national security, making a pole to wash for the unification of the two Koreas, selection of special combatants, and challenge DMZ Golden Bell.
*The security education is offered in the form of a music concert performed jointly with the ROK 1 Division Army Band. It presents songs and videos reminding people of the necessity of security as a divided nation and of the pain of the Korean War.
Various programs suitable for teens, college students, and adults are available, and detailed information can be checked via the link below.
In addition, Gyeonggi-do Province and Gyeonggi Tourism Organization are developing various tourism products such as DMA Tour-related programs with the expectation that Camp Greaves will become a Hallyu tourist site. Gyeonggi-do announced the development of Historical Park and cultural facilities within Camp Greaves by 2018. By using architectural structures such as ammunition chamber and barracks, which were once used as military facilities, the province will also develop DMZ experience center, exhibition hall, outdoor camping experience hall, military experience cafeteria, forest relaxation facility, restaurant, and space of creativity.
Other surrounding tourist areas
As a representative unification security tourist site, Imjingak Pavilion has Mangbaedan Altar for North Korean defectors, Freedom Bridge as a representative symbol of the Korean War, and Peace Bell. In particular, Mangbaedan Altar is famous as a place where North Korean defectors hold an ancestral ritual during traditional holidays and New Year’s Day to ease their longing for their hometown in North Korea.
DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall
DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall is a unique museum located within the Civilian Access Control Line. The exhibition hall displays the leaflets used during the Korean War, including military letters, bayonets, empty cartridges, earthenware discovered from DMZ, and taxidermied birds. The theater screens videos that feature the history of a divided Korea.
The 3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978. Located 52Km from Seoul, it is 2m wide, 2m high, and 1635m long. When it was discovered, North Korea accused South Korea of making the tunnel to invade North Korea. Based on the interior of the tunnel, however, the trace of explosion is facing South Korea, and the underground tunnel is camouflaged with coal powder to make it look like a mine; thus refuting North Korea’s assertions.
210-358, Je3ttanggul-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do / 3rd Tunnel Tourist Information Center +82-31-940-8526
Dora Observatory is located at the northernmost part of South Korea and is on the southern part of DMZ. It is the best place to see North Korea from the South side. From this spot, visitors can see barbed wires installed along DMZ with the naked eye. On a bright day, visitors can see Gaeseong Industrial Complex and villages in North Korea.
310, Je3ttanggul-ro, Jangdan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do / DMZ Tour Center +82-31-954-0303