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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  • 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,...  more »
  • If you go to the observation deck to see a lot of foreigners. Bundangug is the fact that we overcame the evocative place.
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  • 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 ...  more »
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  • One of the coolest places among the DMZ. You get a good view over a part of North Korea, including 'propaganda village' and a large flag (the world's tallest flagpole according to our guide). You can hear North Korean music streaming from the area. Spend a 500W (the largest) coin to use a binocular for 2 minutes.
  • Good views of Propaganda Village and area, though no sightings of the claimed "vampire deer." On a clear day you can look out across the peaceful stretch; the calm almost subsumes the fact that it's a contemporary battlefield. But beyond the view, there's not much else; and looks like a decaying tourist stop.
  • Lots of tourists and not much to see into North Korea. Still it's one of the few places where you can actually look into this country. It's worth visiting.
  • Look to the North Koreas fake propaganda village... from DMZ zone...try to see some north korea citisens through binoculars...or just lissen to propaganda sounds about great leader ..Kim...which sounds 24 hours from north side...South korean made this observatorry as a nice biz....they play some queen bohemian rhapsody for north korean...interresting place...just a little freezing from the situation
  • A nice place to go to know about the history of the Korean war. A nice place to also see North Korea up close. The tour presentation is only in Korean though.

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Paju offers a large amount of hotels for its visitors, with all brackets represented across the diverse urban area. Look close to the river for some of the spa and retreat options, along with hotels and guesthouses boasting luxury rooms and river views. In the urban center to the north, you'll find a good deal more standard hotels and budget options. Still, many more people head to Paju to see its sights (primarily the DMZ) on a day trip from Seoul.
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