Parviz’s recommendation – Camp Greaves in Paju
“It’s undoubtedly meaningful to be able to experience military culture in Korea, the only divided nation in the whole world, especially if the place is near the ceasefire line where South and North stand in confrontation, and you need the military’s permission to enter because entry is restricted. Plus, there’s the fun that comes with it being the place where the TV series Descendants of the Sun was filmed — a drama that was popular overseas as well. It might be fun to stop by “Camp Greaves” today and make memories you can make only in Korea!”
Address: 137, Jeoksipja-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Business hours: 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
Closed on: Open all year round
Fee: Viewing fee KRW 2,000 / Experience fee KRW 5,000 (per person)
Website: dmzcamp131.or.kr (Korean)
* Prior reservations required / Group of 10 or more acceptable
* VISA·MASTER card payment available
Subway (Myeongdong Station -> Paju DMZ Tourist Area│Total of 1 hour 59 minutes)
Take Line 4 at Myeongdong Station, transfer to Gyeongeui-Jungang Line at Seoul Station (Approx. 8 minutes | 2 stations)
Take Gyeongui Line at Seoul Station, get off at Munsan Station Exit 1 (Approx. 1 hour 17 minutes | 21 stations)
Take Bus 058 at Hanjin 1st Apt, Munsan Station Bus Stop (30336), get off at Imjingak Bus Stop (Approx. 30 minutes | 20 stops)
Walk toward Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Parking Lot Ticket Booth, approximately 193m (Approx. 3 minutes)
Take the shuttle bus through the third tunnel-Dora Observatory-Camp Greaves
*Fare: One-way KRW 2,450
Experience Point 1. World Peace! I’m guarding it – Military Uniform Experience
At Camp Greaves, the filming location of Descendants of the Sun, you’ll get the opportunity to look around while clad in the military uniform of the Korean soldiers in the TV series who were dispatched to fight for world peace. Wear the upper and lower clothes of the military uniform, plus the beret ¾ depending on the time, you can even carry the backpack and wear the bulletproof helmet and take pictures. At the repair center — where, in the TV series, the Korea-US special forces launched a combined execution — are a smokescreen and an audio recreation of the battlefield situation, heightening the tension. Here and there are military tents and trucks, jeeps, and other filming equipment as well as a photo zone with the backdrop of a famous scene in the TV series.
Experience Point 2. I am the Descendent of the Sun – Chroma key photos with a TV drama backdrop
In one part of the huge tent used as the military barracks, a Chroma key photo-shoot is ongoing. Each person strikes a pose while wearing a military uniform and holding a model pistol; photos are edited to show a backdrop from the TV drama or the visitors mingling with the main actors of the drama — they make for a great completed album. Moreover, lodgings are possible because there is a youth hostel remodeled from the lodgings of a previous officer. As the only lodging facility that you can experience within the civilian-restricted area, this 1st floor preserves the “Yoo Si-jin Waiting Room” where, at the time of filming, protagonist actor Song Joong-ki was kept waiting. The script of the TV series, military uniforms, and other props are also on display.
Experience Point 3. My own one-of-a-kind-in-the-world necklace – Making a serial number chain
At Camp Greaves, the filming location of Descendants of the Sun, there’s a program where you can make a serial number chain — a silver necklace in the same shape as Korean soldiers’ identification tags — engraved with your name, birthday, and phone number. You first write down the words you want to engrave on your square identification tag, trace over the words a few times with an electric pen, and you’re done! String a silver chain through it and hang it around your neck, and you’ll find yourself imagining that you’re a soldier, too. Camp Greaves also has Imjingak Pavilion, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, and 3rd Tunnel — locations where you can feel the tension of the North-South division — nearby, so interlinked touring is convenient as well.
Know military culture properly
Education provided on how to wear the military uniform and a beret properly as well as military manners such as show of hands, salutation, etc.
DMZ Experience Center Camp Greaves Youth Hostel
Lodging facilities remodeled from an old US army base, the only lodgings within the Civilian Control Line with unification security.
(Location: Inside Camp Greaves│Inquiries: +82-31-585-8649)
The Third Tunnel
A tunnel located about 4km south of Panmunjeom, discovered in 1987. It provides various things to see like the DMA video center, symbolic sculptures, and souvenir shop.
– Address: 210-358, Je3ttanggul-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-940-8526
– Business hours: 9:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Until 3 p.m. weekdays, winter season)
– Closed on: Mondays, Holidays (Except Saturdays/Sundays, New Year’s Day/Chuseok Holiday)
– Website: http://tour.paju.go.kr
* Individual visitation not allowed, please inquire regarding group tours
* Foreigners must have their passport with them. Entry is denied if you do not have your passport with you.
A unification security tourist attraction established in the northernmost part of the military demarcation line of the Western Front. Through the binoculars installed here, you can see Gaeseong Industrial Complex and Gaeseong-si.
-Address: 310, Je3ttanggul-ro, Jangdan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
-Business hours: 9:20 a.m.-3:30 p.m. (Until 3 p.m. weekdays, winter season)
-Closed on: Mondays, Holidays (Except Saturdays/Sundays, New Year’s Day/Chuseok Holiday)
* Civilian-restricted area (entry of cars restricted)
* Foreigners must have their passports. Entry is denied if you do not have your passport with you
A place symbolic of a divided country that is Korea and a unification security tourist attraction. It has a monument of the Korean War and an amusement park.
– Address: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
– Inquiries: +82-31-953-4744
– Business hours: 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
– Closed on: Open all year round
– Website: http://peace.ggtour.or.kr
Bangujeong Pavilion and Hwang Hui Historic Site
The place where Hwang Hui spent the rest of his life after returning to his home, a pavilion built near the lower area of Imjingang River where the scenery is beautiful, and the historical site
– Address: 3, Bangujeong-ro 85beono-gil, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do.
– Inquiries: +82-31-954-2170
– Business hours: Summer season (March-October) 9 a.m.-6 p.m. / Winter season (November-February) 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
– Closed on: Mondays
Duration and Transportation
The third tunnel (1 hour)-[By bus approx. 10 minutes]-Dora Observatory (1 hour)-[By bus 15 minutes]-Camp Greaves (2 hours)-[By bus 15 minutes]-Imjingak (1 hour)-[On foot 11 minutes, by bus 15 minutes]-Bangujeong Pavilion and Hwang Hui Historic Site
-Shuttle bus: Third tunnel-Dorasan Observatory-Camp Greaves-Imjingak Pavilion
*Shuttle bus fare: KRW 13,200 (Group KRW 8,000)
From Imjingak Pavilion to Bangujeong and Hwang Hui Historic Site
Take Bus 058 at Imjingak Bus Stop (31069) – Get off at Tou Unit Bus Stop (31039) (Approx. 6 minutes) – Walk toward Majeong 1-ri Bus Stop (Approx. 6 minutes) – Take Bus 055 at Majeong 1-ri Bus Stop (31523) – Get off at Samok 1-ri, Bangujeong Bus Stop (31798) (Approx. 9 minutes) – Walk toward Bangujeong (Approx. 5 minutes)
*Fare: KRW 1,150