Imjingak is a park that was made in 1972 to give consolation to homesick of refugees who fled North Korea during the Korean War(1950~1953). It locates about 7km to the south from the Military Demarcation Line and 0.5km from Imjingang Station. It is allegedly about 2.5 million tourists who visit here annually.
|Address||177, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju|
|TEL||82-31-1330 (Tourist Information) / 82-31-953-7455 (Souvenir Shop)|
|Closed on Mondays and national holidays|
Freedom Bridge 09:00~19:00 (till 18:00 in winter; closed on holidays and Mondays) /
Pyeonghoa Nuri 11:00~18:00 (all the year round) /
Beat 131 08:30~17:50 (Closed on Monday)
|Fee||Freedom Bridge Free / Beat 131 ￦1,000|
At the Gyeonggi Peace Center in Imjingak, you can watch a video on the current status of North Korea and view the household items and pictures of the North Korea. Mangbaedan is an altar; the refugees who had once lived in the north of MDL may salute their parents or grandparents left behind in North Korea on important holidays or whenever they miss them. A variety of items related to DMZ and Gyeonggi-do tourism are available at the Imjingak Souvenir Shop. The restaurant and observatory are also recommended.
* Bus fare and facility service charges included / Tickets are available at Imjingang Station or the ticket office in front of Imjingak Tourist Information.
The name of ‘Freedom Bridge’ stems from the fact that 12,773 POWs returned to the South Korea, the land of freedom, over the bridge in 1953 when the Korean War ceased. The bridge has the meaning of symbol of a return to freedom, and you can find a wall full of messages for Korean Unification at the end of the bridge.
Third Infiltration Tunnel in DMZ
The Tunnel, detected in 1978, is in the spot away 12km from Munsan
and 52km from Seoul. Since 2002, this site has admitted tourists after arranging a modern DMZ Visual Hall, Symbolic Sculptures and Souvenir Shop.
Located at the northernmost in South Korea, the observatory allows you to get a closest glimpse of North Korea; you can view some urban areas of Gaeseong, Mt. Songhak, a bronze statue of Kim Il-Seong and the Gaeseong Industrial Complex. In 2007, the German rock band Scorpions had visited here to offer earnest wishes for peace and unification.
The northernmost station in the South Korea on the Seoul-Uiju Line. You can see Mt. Dora and the barbed wire fence of the Southern Limit Line. In 2002, American President George W. Bush and South Korean President Kim Dae-Jung visited here together and sent a peace message to the North Korea. Mary Robinson, the first woman President of Ireland and former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, gave a lecture on peace here.
A quiet, peaceful and nature friendly park, the Pyeonghwa Nuri has an area of 10ha.
The huge green field with an outdoor water performance stage has a capacity of 20,000 visitors, and was the site of the 2005 World Peace Festival. Many facilities such as the ‘Hill of Music’ (outdoor stage),
‘Farewell’ (water cafe), ‘Hill of Wind,’ ‘Dolmuji’ and a Pavilion of Pyeonghwa Nuri have lured many photographers. The park serves a variety of events such as cultural performances, art exhibitions and film screenings throughout the year, which hammers home that Imjingak is now a region of harmony, peace and unification.
Steam Locomotive in Jangdan Station
Bombed during the Korean War, the locomotive had long been left and neglected within the DMZ. Restored by the support from Posco, the largest steel company in Korea, the locomotive has been moved to the current spot because Gyeonggi-do authority wanted to use it as an educational material. In 2004 it was registered as a cultural property in order that the tragic history should be engraved in Korean heart. Now it comes to be a symbol of the South-North division of Korea. Historically speaking, the locomotive, operated up to Hanpo in Hwanghae Province, N. Korea, had to be on the way back to Seoul since the war situation has reversed because of the intervention of Chinese army, when it was bombed on Dec. 31, 1950. Its 1,020 bullet marks and bent wheels represent symbolically the disastrous situation of the wartime.
There is a unique cultural space in the Pyeonghwa Nuri: Art Space BEAT 131. It settles down in an underground bunker that used to be actually utilized as a military facility. Maintaining its original form, some artists recreated it into an art experience space BEAT 131. You can experience interactive media art works of various themes such as Imjin River, Freedom Bridge, Gyeongui Line and the Steam Locomotive.