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DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition, Marking the 1st Anniversary of the Inter-Korean Summit

WriterAdministratorDate12/10/2019

Time goes by so fast. It’s already been a whole year since the April 27 Inter-Korean Summit and the Panmunjeom Declaration for
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■ Paju Dora Observatory - Exhibition
Time goes by so fast. It’s already been a whole year since the April 27 Inter-Korean Summit and the Panmunjeom Declaration for Peace. I could feel the peaceful atmosphere between the South and North Koreas in the DMZ. The last time I visited Paju Dora Observatory, I had to join an educational program and was not allowed to take any pictures of North Korea. Many things have changed on my visit this time. A new observatory was installed, I could take some photos, and even telescopes could be used for free. There were a lot of telescopes, so most visitors didn't have to wait in line to look over at North Korea. I could see a special exhibition on the 1st floor.

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■ Exhibition on 1st floor of Dora Observatory
DMZ Eco Arts & Painting Peace for the Korean Peninsula is being held at the Dora Observatory. The exhibition is hosted by DMZ ECOART, organized by Paju-si and the Republic of Korea Army Headquarters, and sponsored by MBC, the Herald Times, the Northern Gyeonggi Tourism Council, and the Gyeonggi Tourism Organization. The participating artist is Yang Seo-kyeong from DMZ ECOART. She expresses the nature and life of the DMZ in art.

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DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img
DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img

■ Works of art at children’s eye level
Many children visit the DMZ for security education, so you can see various DMZ eco art for children. A total of 6,168 species of wild animals including water deer are living in the DMZ where nature is well preserved. In particular, 102 endangered species are living in the DMZ, accounting for 38% of all endangered species in Korea. Recently some Asian black bears were caught on camera.

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DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img
DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img

■ Nature of the DMZ
The artist expressed nature in the DMZ lyrically. She created a serious atmosphere using achromatic colors.

​ - Paju DMZ Trail
The Paju DMZ will open the trail in the second half of the year after test operation with the Korea Tourism Organization in mid May. You can visit the trail after making a reservation. Around 20 kilometers will be test operated. All visitors can go around the trail by car in order to minimize ecological impacts such as the inflow of foreign species and the disturbance of wild animals’ movements. The test operation route starts at Imjingak Pavilion, links to Dora Observatory, and ends at the GP, which was torn down according to the September 19 Inter-Korean Military Agreement.

- Imjingang Riverside Eco Trail
One of the best trails in Paju is a 9.1-kilometer route connecting Imjingak Pavilion Gateway, Tongildaegyo Bridge, Chopyeongdo Island, Imjin Quay, and Yulgok Marsh Park. Imjingang Riverside Eco Trail, which is travelled in around 3 hours, is open to the public once a day (10am). Keep this in mind if you plan to visit.

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DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img
DMZ Paju Dora Observatory Exhibition img

■ Scenery of the DMZ
The DMZ is a demilitarized zone established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement. The DMZ is 2 kilometers wide to the south and to the north from the Military Demarcation Line. Since the DMZ has been blocked off for around 40 years, its ecosystem is well preserved. As shown in the paintings, you can see a special kind of nature that you have never seen in other areas.

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■ Life in the DMZ
The artist drew a foot showing life in the DMZ, as well as animals and plants. A wrinkled, wounded foot shows the history and hardships in the DMZ. The paintings are generally serious, but you can also see adorable paintings for children. This impressive exhibition seemed to encompass all generations.
The exhibition is held at the lobby on the 1st floor of the Dora Observatory until May 31. Enjoy the natural environment of the DMZ in the form of art.

Dora Observatory Exhibition
Theme: DMZ Eco Arts & Painting Peace for the Korean Peninsula
Period: March 27 - May 31, 2019
Venue: 1st Floor Lobby, Dora Observatory
Admission: Free