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Dora Observatory, Paju

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Observation Deck Tourist Spot
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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  • If you wonder how the North is, lifestyle, landmarks, etc.. this is the place. You will get to view through the binoculars or viewers for a small sum. This will enable you to view the North rather wel...  more »
  • I found this the most interesting part of the tour of the DMZ. Propaganda Village in North Korea is visible. There are binocular machines for 500 won but they only take coins so bring some! They do he...  more »
  • This area provides a great vantage point for seeing the DMZ. There are binocular machine you can use for a very low price to get more close up views.  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
  • 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.
  • I've always heard the expression "don't poke the bear" and thought it was reserved for zoo visitors and Canadians ... this absolutely takes the biscuit for that expression.