Dora Observatory, Paju

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Get a closer look at North Korea from Dora Observatory. Located at the borders of the two countries, the observatory presents a rare glimpse of the reclusive northern neighbor. Take photos--as long as you are not crossing the yellow line--or look through the binoculars found on the balcony of the observatory. The small slice of the DPRK that you'll see includes a hotel and a propaganda village with empty buildings. It couldn't be easier to arrange your visit to Dora Observatory and many more Paju attractions: make an itinerary online using Inspirock's Paju online visit planner .
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  • September 30, 2017
    At a time when much of the 500 won coins you can use my paid telescope. Dmz area, got to see Kaesong. Flag of North Korea is a big contrast to the loudspeaker back seeming to North Korea there was plugged in. Bus after Julia Roberts and North Korea wage a fierce war of the story (see North Korea's largest flag flags and making bigger, eventually embarking on creating a bigger rollback) thanks to remember me, I think more stays.
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  • September 29, 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 ...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • February 26, 2017
    If you take a DMZ tour in South Korea, you will most likely end up here. In the observatory you can observe (obviously), North Korea! You can see a close town and the landscape is quite beautiful. It's completely safe and many people there speak English because it's a tourist destination. You can use some coins to look through telescopes and see North Koreans going about there lives! Exciting!
  • June 16, 2017
    Hilltop observatory overlooking N Korean propaganda village on the other side of the DMZ. They have pay binoculars where you can see much more detail. Huge flags from both countries fly nearby in what was clearly a game of one-upmanship. Loudspeakers blare music from one country to the next on an alternating 4 hour schedule ... propaganda music from the North and K-pop music from the South
  • July 7, 2017
    I love how you can actually take a peek into North Korea from here. The guides and signs tell you about various facilities across the DMZ.
  • April 26, 2017
    The Dora observatory is a great place to see into North Korea without actually crossing the border at the JSA. It is definitely better to go on a clear day because it tends to get very foggy/hazy. From Dora I saw a few fake NK villages, a real NK village, the giant NK flag and a couple of NK soldiers. I also snapped a selfie with a South Korean solider. Overall, a very cool experience!
  • January 22, 2017
    Great place to observe North Korea while being in South Korea! You have to pay to use the telescopes. If you have a camera with long telephoto lens interesting photos are possible if atmospheric conditions are favourable.

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