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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  • 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...  more »
  • 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 conta...  more »
  • 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 ...  more »
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  • If you decide to make a tour at DMZ, South Korea, this place could be a good choice as part of the tour. The observatory deck is very nice and you can easily see North Korea from south. Interestingly, you may also enjoy a documentary about the tunnels.
  • Probably my favorite part of the DMZ tour that we went on as it is from here that you can see North Korea and really feel the tension between the two countries. There are paid binoculars that you can use to see things in more detail but everything requires a clear day. The pollution in Korea unfortunately means a lot of days are smoggy or foggy.
  • Pretty cool place to see and it is included in the DMZ tour. On good days with weather's help, you'll be able to get a wide view of Propaganda Village and even the statue of Kim-il-sung. If you listen carefully, you'll be able to hear the faint sound of music playing in the North Korean side. You will definitely get a glimpse of vast difference between North and South Korea. For better viewing, binoculars are available for about 50 cents (₩500 in Korean coins).
  • Music was playing from the North Korean side during our visit. Cool! Unfortunately, the dusty weather prevented us from seeing clearly behind the Military Demarcation Line (MDL).
  • Not too far from the DMZ line you are overlooking a great majority of the North and South Korea DMZ line. The view is amazing and you can literally see alot of the North Korean towns and propoganda being played in the distance
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