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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  • The thrill is in the looking out on North Korea. Other than that nothing real exciting. They have pay/coin operated telescopic binoculars mounted on the walls out side. A vendor exchanges bills for co...  more »
  • The Dora observation post, which overlooks the DMZ: it is the place that you can best observe the North Korea, peeled mountains and decrepit buildings. Again, the atmosphere is very special, solemn, strange at the sight of this forbidden territory. Indeed, in front of the concentrated military, can be observed through binoculars, North Korean farmers working in the fields. We hear traditional music from the North Korea and huge speakers emit night and day music and propaganda messages. The South Korea actually as well apparently. We notice that each country proudly the flag: the South Korea has indeed erected in 1980 a mast of 98 meters, the North Korea responded immediately with a mast of 160 meters carrying a huge flag.
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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 »
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  • 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).
  • This is a place with stunning view that cannot be take place by any other place around the world. It’s not because the Mountain View but because of the feeling given by Koreas on both side, a feeling of freedom and tension. With the telescope in front the wall, looking at the village built by the northern Korea behind the wall, a indescribable feeling come to my mind, probably is a sense about appreciation of freedom, it’s a place that l would like to revisit again if I go to south korea again in the future.
  • Pretty cool place to go to look out towards North Korea. You could hear the music that both sides are blasting at each other. You could also make out the North Korean propoganda town. Bring 500 won to look through the binoculars
  • 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.
  • Very short time at binoculars for 500 won. But really good view of the dmz and some of NK

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