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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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  • the observatory offers view of the north that are hard to get elsewhere so worth doing. there is a change service for coins to operate the binoculars (worth doing). I found the whole thing eerie but f...  more »
  • Immediately before this, it can be hard for North Korea while booting up the land felt a teleportation. DMZ is very peaceful. Children do not have the inspiration he foreigners paid stars telescope looking up to rejoice.
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  • You need 500 won to use the binoculars for a limited time only. From it, you will be able to see North Korea but you'll just see their big and tall flag, few villages and buildings. They said those ar...  more »
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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.