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Dora Observatory

Jeomwon-ri, Gunnae-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 413-920, South Korea
+82 31-954-0303
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Jeomwon-ri, Gunnae-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 413-920, South Korea
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+82 31-954-0303
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Being able to stand and look at North Korea was chilling, fascinating and truly memorable. If the wind blows in the right direction you can hear the loudspeakers playing music and announcements. It’s mind boggling.

Thank Travellover6128
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Reviewed March 4, 2018 via mobile

The thrill is in the looking out on North Korea. Other than that nothing real exciting. They have pay/coin operated telescopic binoculars mounted on the walls out side. A vendor exchanges bills for coins. You have to hope it is a clear day or it...More

Thank internjim
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Reviewed December 24, 2017

There are several binoculars and a window to make change for them. You can see the villages along the DMZ; it's really neat. Inside the observatory is a model of the area you can view with the binocs, and there is also a long map...More

Thank Azronath
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Reviewed November 8, 2017

This is an observatory where one can see North Korea, its roads, buildings, statues, and propaganda (fake) villages from afar. You can even hear the propaganda music that is being played from time to time. You can also look through binoculars a closer picture of...More

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Reviewed October 22, 2017 via mobile

It is amazing to me that as we live in a world with so much information readily available at our finger tips, that there is a place where the citizens still live in a state of oppression. Looking through the binoculars, you can see the...More

1  Thank Scottloves2golf
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Reviewed October 13, 2017 via mobile

This Dora Observatory was included in my DMZ tour. There’s telescope that we can look to see North Korea. There was loud funky music and we can take a photo with North Korea at a distance in the background.

Thank Baby008
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Reviewed September 30, 2017

Came here with a tour group. This was our first stop. Got off the bus very excited after an hours drive from downtown Seoul. Put a couple coins into these high power binoculars and then got a glimpse of North Korea and the "Propaganda Village"....More

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Reviewed September 14, 2017

Overly crowded as most tour buses stop at the same time. When you do get a chance to see the view and snap some shots, there is very little to see. The whole DMZ tour has some great history about the war, but this place...More

1  Thank 547howardb
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

The views from the observatory are second to none! You get to see clearly into North Korea and the binoculars you can use for 500 Won work pretty good!

Thank okica18
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Reviewed August 11, 2017

It was just a brief stop at the Dora Observatory with the 180 degree view of the other side of the Demilitarized Zone (North Korea side). The vast agricultural land must be very fertile by now due to long years of inactive cultivation. If only...More

Thank cbroxas23
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Response from internjim | Reviewed this property |
As best that I know, you have to be approved by the military to be in that area. I would contact a tour company and find out for certain, perhaps they can arrange something. Again, I am not an expert on this. Check with the... More
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