Column

Enjoy Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground in Paju

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

Paju, known as one of the most popular tourist cities, has a lot of tourist destinations, so I always ponder where to go whenever planning a trip to Paju. I sometimes make an itinerary considering the nearby tourist attractions or according to the purpose of my trip.

Enjoy Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground in Paju

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

Paju, known as one of the most popular tourist cities, has a lot of tourist destinations, so I always ponder where to go whenever planning a trip to Paju. I sometimes make an itinerary considering the nearby tourist attractions or according to the purpose of my trip.
If you go to the Heyri Art Valley, half a day will not be enough, but you can refresh yourself or enjoy culture, historic sites, or leisure sports during the trip.
The slogan of Paju is “The City Preserving the Peace of the Korean Peninsula”. Since Paju has a lot of tourist attractions related to security such as Imjingak Pavilion, Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, Panmunjeom, Odusan Unification Observatory, Dora Observatory, and The 3rd Tunnel, it is a perfect tourist destination for a peace and security themed tour.
Dokgae Bridge, which connected the South and North Koreas divided by the Imjingang River, was originally a railroad bridge of the Gyeongui Line, but it was destroyed during the Korean War. Now a Gyeongui Line train runs with ringing a bell across the Gyeongui Line Railroad Bridge which was newly built next to Dokgae Bridge.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

"We want to get back on the tracks"
While a steam train at Jangdan Station of Gyeongui Line was going from Gaeseong to Pyeongyang carrying military supplies during the Korean War, it was derailed near Jangdan Station by bombing when it tried to reverse at Hanpo Station, Hwanghae-do due to the intervention of the Chinese People’s Volunteer Army. The train has been neglected for half a century in the DMZ. The train is designated as a cultural property that witnessed our painful history that we should never forget. It brings our attention to peace.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

You can see a variety of landmark sculptures on the Lawn of Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, including Calling Unification by Choi Pyeong-gon, Hill of Wind, and Pin Project by Actor Lee Kwang-ki.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

We enjoyed a two-day trip to Paju, visiting Paju Imjingak Pavilion, Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, and Camp Greaves. We saw the stars in the sky at night and the sunrise in the morning, staying in a camper at Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground.
We left late in the afternoon. The road was not too bad, so we arrived at the campground early.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground is located to the right of the parking lot after the entrance to the park. In other words, it is situated near the large parking lot across from the Imjingak Pavilion Mangbaedan Altar.
The campground is close to the Seoul Capital Area, and you can easily go to Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, Imjingak Pavilion, and other tourist destinations in Paju from here. It has 150 camping spaces and features clean large-scale camper facilities.
I saw a group of kids in uniform staying in the same tents. I heard that they were scouts.
The campground was large enough for group camping.
You check in at the management office before entering the campground.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The campground consists of the Peace Camping Zone, Nuri Camping Zone, Eco Camping Zone, Healing Camping Zone, Rental Camping Zone, and Caravan Zone.
The Eco Camping Zone, Peace Camping Zone, and Nuri Camping Zone have lights and electrical outlets that let you use electricity. The camping units are divided into plots spread with pebbles, so you can set up your own tent.
In the Healing Camping Zone, you may use your own camper, folding trailer, or rooftop camper.
We stayed in a caravan camper near the management office.
Each camper was surrounded by white fences. The yard, campfire spot, and kitchen tent with a barbecue grill were clean and well maintained. It felt like I was enjoying a weekend getaway in a country house.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

When we checked in at the management office, we received a key, a list of precautions, a hairdryer, and a torch for lighting the fire.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

Wow!
We had everything we needed :)
You can't watch TV outside, although I wanted to see the U-20 matches. (It was soccer season at the time.)
The bed was big enough for 2 adults and a baby, and there was a bunk bed across the main bed.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

A 28” TV, refrigerator, air conditioner, fan heater, induction range, microwave, electric kettle, vacuum cleaner... You can find everything you need here.
You can also find a closet, luggage room, and shoe rack. All of the furniture was as clean as new.
The kitchen was spacious, but it would be better to cook outside the tent.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

There was a multi-purpose table for dining, a sofa, a dressing table, and chairs. The fan heater and air conditioner were in a rack. It was really clean.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The lower bunk of the bunk bed was for 2 people, and the top bunk was for 1 person.
Built-in lighting made the camper feel even more luxurious.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The camping trailer is not fixed to the ground. There is a space between the trailer and the ground, so the caravan wobbles slightly whenever you walk. However, the hot water worked alright and the bathroom was spacious. The camper of Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground was perfect.
You know you have to bring your own toiletries to a campground, right?
I forgot to bring a towel and soap. Fortunately, the caravan had soap and towels.
If you forget to bring something, you can find it at the convenience store.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The camping zone has public sinks for camper guests and showers and restrooms for tent guests. You can also access the facilities outside the camper.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

Supul Nuri Park is newly established at Imjingak Pavilion.
You can walk along the deck trail while enjoying the view of the lake. This eco-friendly park is a great place to enjoy a stroll while watching wagtails playing on the hill.​

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The 7th Gyeonggi Garden Culture Fair will be held in Supul Nuri from October 11 to 13, 2019. I’m already looking forward to it.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

After unpacking and looking around the campground, we prepared dinner.
My old friends and I had a barbecue party and enjoyed grilled pork belly that we hadn't had for a while.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

Isn't it a perfect camping dinner?
Delicious sweet potatoes, savory shrimp, sweet onions, juicy grilled pork belly... Everything was perfect.
The potatoes were roasted in the charcoal and my friend did a great job grilling shrimp and pork belly on the grill.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The sun was going down behind the western mountain, and we followed the sun up the hill.
"See you tomorrow."
Electric wires ran parallel with each other like railroad tracks, and the sun was getting low behind the mountain.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

We went to Pyeonghwa Nuri Park to better enjoy the sunset.
The western sky was glowing with the sunset behind the sculptures, which seemed like a person slowly standing up.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The passionate red color of Pin Project by Lee Kwang-ki was more impressive with the sunset.
The sun went down and the moon rose. The stars became clearer.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

It wasn't really cold, but we built a campfire for a better mood after dinner.
We sat around the campfire and relieved the fatigue of the day and thought about our enthusiasm for tomorrow while burning firewood.
We took some pictures of the moon and stars and chatted while sitting around the campfire.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

We talked until late at night and went to bed very late, but we all woke up at 4am to see the sunrise.
I heard that Pyeonghwa Nuri Park is a great place to take pictures of the sunrise.
It took less than 5 minutes to get to Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, but we had to go through the darkness.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

We gave up on watching the sunrise and were about to go back to the camper. At that moment, someone shouted, “There it is! Hurry up.” We all ran back to the spot.
I tried to take a picture of all the sculptures, but the sun wasn’t included in the camera angle. This was the best photo I could get.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

The sun soon rose high in the sky, and we turned back to the caravan.
We came back to the campground along the path lined with golden wave tickseed.

Caravan Camping at Imjingak Pyeonghwa img

After a hearty breakfast, we headed to DMZ Camp Greaves in Paju by shuttle bus.
​We visited the filming of Descendants of the Sun, which is a shrine for the fans of the Song-Song couple :)
Everyone knows about this peace security tourist destination DMZ Camp Greaves, but not everyone can enter here. If you use a shuttle bus, you can enter DMZ Camp Greaves after ID check without an additional reporting procedure. You must present your ID to enter.
Shuttle buses run on Saturdays and Sundays. If you use a shuttle bus, you can join the U.S. military base and exhibition tour. You can also see a performance at 2:30pm on weekends.
We went to Camp Greaves by shuttle bus.


Paju Imjingak Pyeonghwa Nuri Campground
Customer Center: +82-1670-3856
Contact hours: 9am-5pm (Closed for weekends and holidays)