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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. Plan to visit Dora Observatory and other customer-reviewed, writer-recommended Paju attractions using our Paju itinerary builder.
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  • But be aware that it is often cloudy and you can't see most interesting sights in the summer when the visibility is very limited. It would be nice to be able to see the Propaganda Village and massive ...  more »
  • We got here via our DMZ JSA tour. It was during a monsoon so our views sucked. We did see the giant North Korean flag pole in the fake city. Could not see much else due to the haze wish we had better ...  more »
  • We stopped here as part of our overall DMZ tour. To get here, you must get on a bus and go through a military check point. Passport is required. The driver tells you how much time you have to see ever...  more »
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  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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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Where to stay in Paju

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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