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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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  • Excellent31%
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  • Average23%
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“kim il sung” (4 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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"propaganda village"
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"north korea"
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"kim il sung"
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"dmz tour"
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"playing music"
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"from afar"
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"educational visit"
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"vantage point"
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"flag pole"
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"flag flying"
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"k pop"
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"took pictures"
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"english guide"
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"worth the trip"
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"gift shop"
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"both sides"
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Reviewed 3 days ago

Standing at the Dora Observatory, a mere 1.1 miles from North Korean, your imagination runs wild as you stare in the distance. The border between South Korea and the demilitarized zone meanders below, and the actual border between North and South Korea halfway between those...More

Thank WilliamWillieWilson
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

This is a really good trip to understand the historical factors underlying the history of the Korean Peninsula, and the extent of the historical animosity.

Thank Bernard L
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Reviewed 9 June 2018 via mobile

Worth a 30-minute visit to have unobstructed views into North Korea. Be sure to pick out the two enormous, “competing” flags on either side of Military Demarcation Line (MDL) to the East. There’s also a giant statue of Kim Il Sung just to the North...More

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Reviewed 1 June 2018 via mobile

You can see here the north and south korean flags and the imaginary demarcation line that separates north and south korea territories. Today propaganda speakers are removed and hopefully korea can be as one nation again!

1  Thank albert c
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Reviewed 21 May 2018

What an amazing experience to take our kids to see North Korea. They have paid binoculars to see more clearly. A lovely Korean gave the kids some coins to see as we had no change. Love the flag pole story as well.

1  Thank Rachel P
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Reviewed 16 May 2018

We had a short stop here. There is a bathroom and souvenier shop. Observation area to look out over the DMZ and to North Korea. 500krw to use the lens. Unfortunately, visibility was quite poor. In the auditorium, is a relief model of the area...More

Thank chitownsam
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Reviewed 24 April 2018

This was our first stop once inside the DMZ checkpoints. It was a decent day for visibility so we could see the North Korean flag and propaganda village across the border. inside the observatory contains a miniature model of the border lands which help put...More

Thank Ron S
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Reviewed 12 April 2018

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 4 March 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 24 December 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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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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