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Dora Observatory, Paju
(4.1/5 based on 110+ reviews on the web)
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. Plan to visit Dora Observatory and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Paju attractions using our Paju itinerary builder.
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  • Standing there makes you realize this whole North/South Korea thing is still very alive today and no child's play. You can peek into North Korea quite a bit and hear propaganda that is played through ...  more »
  • A place where you can take a trip during summer time. A place rich in the history on the Korean conflict. You can see the adjacent North Korean side (photography is strictly not allowed, as camera fla...  more »
  • You can see NorthKorean territory from here. Pretty notable the difference about both Koreas in just one landscape 
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  • Must visit place. From Dora Observatory you can see the North Korea and hear a propaganda music from the other side! Book a Korail DMZ Tour from Seoul Station to visit this place. 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and Peace Park also included in this tour. Book in advance.
  • I didn't manage to book on to the JSA tour, being late to the game of booking it, so went for the half day tour, and this was the highlight. I loved looking in to N. Korea, and we had a soldier with us for approx. 30 minutes explaining different things about the local area and N. Korea (albeit some may have been biased, it's good to hear that also). Definitely do a tour of the DMZ, and book the JSA tour if possible.
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  • Good view into north korea and ok view of the propaganda village. Very busy despite being a weekday
  • Fascinating place with great views North! If you listen carefully you can hear the North's propaganda playing.