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Unique DMZ tour for foreigners on return visits

Writer신철희Date11/20/2019

Here is a unique DMZ itinerary for tourists who have already visited Korea, especially those who have toured the DMZ.

Unique DMZ tour for foreigners on return visits


Here is a unique DMZ itinerary for tourists who have already visited Korea, especially those who have toured the DMZ. The proposed route will be convenient if you are traveling with a Korean or a friend who speaks intermediate Korean or higher, and may be more difficult for first-timers in Korea. Prepare to be amazed by a world that even locals have yet to experience.


Enjoying Korean cuisine with superior Jangdan soybeans grown in DMZ

Jangdan soybean is a native bean of Paju and a specialty food recommended for visitors to Imjingak. This variety, raised in the pristine nature of DMZ, is known for its freshness and superior quality. A meal that includes dishes cooked with Jangdan soybean can be considered the ultimate experience of Korean cuisine.


Some procedures must be followed in order to have a taste of Jangdan soybean dishes. To enter Jangdankong Village, you must first call the village restaurant to arrange a visit. This is because the village lies beyond the Civilian Control Line and is off-limits to civilians. The only way to visit the village is for the restaurant owner to come pick you up.


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The moment you pass the Civilian Control Line to go to the restaurant, you will realize once again that Korea is in a ceasefire state. The barricades on both sides are a reminder that this is not an easily accessible area.


Tongilchon Village, located beyond the Civilian Control Line, is an attraction known for its specialty Jangdan soybean. The village not only sells all kinds of soybean dishes and products, but also offers the opportunity for visitors to experience Korean culture by making their own slow food (soybean milk, tofu, jang, etc.).

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We had the set meal. The table was set with a good selection of side dishes, four soybean dishes, and rice. We tried the dishes in the order of richness, beginning with kongbiji (pureed soybean), followed by sundubu (soft bean curd) and doenjangjjigae (soybean paste stew), and finally, cheonggukjang (rich soybean paste stew). They had the deepest flavors among the many soybean dishes I had tried in Korea. My favorite was cheonggukjang, which tasted more delicious than I'd expected from its powerful smell, and I enjoyed it together with rice. The thoughtfully prepared meal satisfied my hunger and warmed my soul.

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Required item : Tourists must bring their passport as the tour passes the Civilian Control Line.
Passports will be collected at the checkpoint near the Civilian Control Line and returned when exiting.
Those who are not on a group tour must visit by car.
Tip
If you enter the address in your navigation system, you will be asked to pass Tongil Bridge, but this is not permitted without prior approval. Upon arriving at Tongil Bridge, call the restaurant and you will be picked up by the owner. Do schedule a time in advance, and call once you arrive at Tongil Bridge.
Address : 64, Tongilchon-gil, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Tel : 031-954-3442–3 (010-9541-3441)
E-mails : coh2128@hanmail.net
Operating hours : 11:00 – 16:00

FOURB DMZ, coffee along the barbed wire fence

If you're visiting Imjingak for a DMZ tour, do drop by the DMZ branch of FOURB. While Imjingak is a popular attraction among foreign tourists, the cafe itself is more frequented by locals. It can be accessed from the back of DMZ Now Marketing Hall.

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The cafe is a place to enjoy a cup of coffee while peering down at the barbed wire fence. The transparent walls and white interior create a comfortable, modern atmosphere that stands in contrast to the view of the borders.

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If the weather is not too cold or hot, you can take your coffee to the more spacious outdoor terrace, and get a direct view of the barbed wire fence. The view of the vast plains beyond the fence will stir up a mix of emotions. It will dawn on you that the Korean War ended in a ceasefire.

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FOURB is a good place to drop by after visiting nearby attractions such as Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park and Pyeonghwa Land. If you're in the area, stop here for a cup of coffee and immerse yourself in the unique vibe.

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Address : 177, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Tel : 070-7774-6552
Operating hours : 09:00 – 18:00 (weekdays) / 19:00 (weekends)