Top 5 Peace-Themed Attractions in Korea & DMZ Tours

Top 5 Peace-Themed Attractions in Korea & DMZ Tours

Book your trip to Korea’s DMZ here.

The Rundown

  • In light of the improving ties between North and South Korea, the Korea Tourism Organization named five destinations of peace for tourists to visit.

  • The ‘peace-themed destinations’ aim to show travelers the bitter history of the two Koreas as well as the hope for better relations.

  • If you’re interested to learn more, you can join a DMZ tour from Seoul. Check the rates and availability here.

Also read: Korail Pass: Enjoy Nonstop Trips in South Korea

5 Peace Attractions in Korea

With the two Korean governments taking strides in solidifying peace — a shocking progress received with delight by most — the Korea Tourism Organization has selected peace-themed destinations that symbolize two things: the painful past shared by the two Koreas and a hope to finally stop the tense war. The selected attractions look notably serene and beautiful, with the green surrounds guaranteed to take over any traveler’s senses. However, each place also keeps dramatic tales of separation, which make them more significant in the ongoing process of reunification.

Below are the peace destinations and attractions in Korea that you can add to your itinerary, as recommended by the KTO:

1. Ganghwa Peace Observatory

Ganghwa Peace Observatory gives tourists a peek of the famously secretive country of North Korea. The place not only provides satisfying views of Yeseong River and Ganghwa-gun’s surroundings, but also of North Korea’s mountains and grass fields through the use of high-quality binoculars.

Those who visit Ganghwa Peace Observatory will get access to photographs of the Korean war (1950-1953), military-related exhibits, as well as the wishing wall for unification.

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Plan your trip to Ganghwa Peace Observatory:

  • TICKET PRICES for Ganghwa Peace Observatory:

    • Adults: ₩2,500 (around ₱120 or $2.2)

    • Teens: ₩1,700 (around ₱82 or $1.5)

    • Children: ₩1,000 (around ₱48 or $0.9)

  • Operating hours: 9am-6pm (March-November) and 9am-5pm (December-February). Ganghwa Peace Observatory is open year-round.

  • Address: 797, Jeongmang-daero, Yangsa-myeon, Ganghwa-gun, Incheon (인천광역시 강화군 양사면 전망대로 797)


BOOK YOUR DMZ TOUR!

Below you’ll find the other peace attractions in Korea, but if you’re interested in booking a DMZ tour, do check out the following activities and packages:

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Demilitarized Zone

Here are some reviews for the DMZ tour from Seoul booking page:

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‘This tour will bring you to the demilitarized zone where you get to learn the history between north and south korea. You'll be brought to see the last station of south korea which is the Dorasan station and an observatory tower to see the border of north and south korea…’

‘This [tour is a must] when going to Seoul… our tour guide Han has been…telling us lots of information about DMZ. We…were also very lucky to have a North Korean refugee in our bus who joined…our tour…’


2. Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri

Image Credit:  EasyTourChina

Image Credit: EasyTourChina

The Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri or Imjingak Resort was built in the 70’s in the hope that peace would settle in the Korean peninsula. This attraction in Korea houses artistic displays, monuments, war vessels, and an awe-striking park.

According to KTO’s guide, Imjingak Resort is located across the ‘Mangbaedan Altar’ and the ‘Bridge of Freedom,’ which are the points of separation for many family members. Events to call for unification are being held in and around Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri every year.

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Plan your trip to Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri:

  • Free admission!

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hrs, all year round

  • Address: 148-33, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-33)

  • Inquiries: Call +82-31-953-6554 (Korean only)

3. Cheorwon Korean Workers’ Party Headquarters

The Cheorwon Korean Workers’ Party Headquarters in Gangwon-do was the nucleus of the Labor Party in 1946, until it faced its destruction during the Korean war. A lot of lives have been sacrificed in this place, making it a memorial ground for the locals.

The facade of the Headquarters is still intact, however it won’t be long for tourists to feel the eeriness of this Korean attraction as they approach what’s left of it.

Cheorwon Korean Workers' Party Headquarters is a registered Cultural Heritage in South Korea.

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Plan your trip to Cheorwon Korean Workers’ Party Headquarters:

  • Operating hours: Open 24 hrs, all year round

  • Address: 265, Geumgangsan-ro, Cheorwon-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 철원군 철원읍 금강산로 265)

  • Ticket Prices: Free admission

  • Inquiries: Visit their website


4. Dutayeon Falls

As mapped by the KTO, the Dutayeon Falls “is located on a branch of the Suip Stream that flows through Geonsol-ri, Bangsan-myeon, which is north of the Civilian Control Line.” This natural attraction in Korea is situated near tense points of the two countries, yet still remains to hold its stillness and beauty. Many species considered to be endangered may be found in Dutayeon Falls.

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Plan your trip to Dutayeon Falls:

  • TICKET PRICES for Dutayeon Falls:

    • Adults: ₩3,000 (around ₱145 or $2.7)

    • Children: ₩1,500 (around ₱72 or $1.4)

  • Operating hours: 9am-5pm (March-October) and 9am-4pm (November-February). Dutayeon Falls is closed on Monday’s, Lunar New Year’s Day, and Korean Thanksgiving Day

  • Address: 1024, Gobangsan-ri, Bangsan-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양구군 방산면 고방산리 1024)

  • For inquiries, visit this website.

5. Goseong Unification Observatory

Goseong Unification Observatory provides a sweeping view of the Geumgangsan Mountain in North Korea. This viewing deck and attraction was built by the army in 1983 and gives a glimpse of nearby islands and mountain peaks, including Ilchulbong, Chaehabong, and Oknyeobong. Similar to other peace-destinations listed in this Korean travel guide, Goseong Unification Observatory also has monuments that aim to promote reunification.

Image credit: Korea Tourism Organization

Plan your trip to Goseong Unification Observatory:

  • TICKET PRICES for Goseong Unification Observatory:

    • Adults: ₩3,000 (around ₱145 or $2.7)

    • Children: ₩1,500 (around ₱72 or $1.4)

  • Admission hours: 

    • March 1-July 14: 9am-4:20pm

    • July 15-August 20: 9am-5:30pm

    • August 21-October 31: 9am-4:20pm

    • November 1–February 28: 9am-3:5opm

  • Address: Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 고성군 현내면 금강산로 481)

  • For inquiries, visit this website.


TIPS!

  • Visitors of Ganghwa Peace Museum in Korea must stop by the security point before admission.

  • Visitors of Dutayeon Falls and/or Goseong Unification Observatory must stop by the security point to complete registration process before admission. Bring your passport with you when visiting both or either of the attractions for identification.

  • If you’re booking the DMZ Tour from Seoul + Seoul City Tour Bus, here are some booking notes:

    • DMZ Tour Itinerary:

      • 7:40am arrive at Seoul City Tour Bus ticket box next to the Koreana Hotel

      • Arrive at the DMZ

      • Explore Imjingak Park

      • Visit the Unification Bridge

      • ID check

      • Walk along the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel

      • Visit the Dora Observatory

      • Visit the Dorasan Train Station

      • Pass by Unification Village

      • Return to Seoul

      • 2:30pm get dropped off at Seoul City Hall

      • Proceed to Gwanghwamun Bus Station to ride a Seoul City Tour Bus (please note: you can choose to take the Seoul City Bus Tour the day before or after the DMZ Tour)

    • DMZ Tour Meet Up Information:

      • Please arrive at the designated meet up location for this DMZ tour from Seoul at least 10 minutes before the start of the tour. The DMZ tour will begin on time. No refunds will be issued for latecomers and no-shows.

      • Meet up time for this DMZ tour: 7:40am

      • Meet up location: Seoul City Tour ticket box

      • Address: 135 Sejong-daero, Taepyeongno 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea

      • How to get there: Ride Subway Line 5 to Gwanghwamun Station, then leave from Exit 6. Go straight for about 100 meters and the hotel will be there. You may also take Subway Line 1 to City Hall Station, leave from Exit 3 and walk straight to the hotel for about 200 meters. You may refer to the map for directions

  • If you are booking the Cheorwon DMZ Day Tour from Seoul, here are some notes:

    • DMZ Tour Schedule

      • The Cheorwon DMZ day tour runs every Monday, Thursday, and Saturday.

    • Itinerary for the Cheorwon DMZ Day Tour from Seoul:

      • 7:20am Depart from Hongik Univ. Station Exit 4

      • 8:00am Depart from Myeongdong Station Exit 2

      • 8:10am Depart from Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station Exit 10

      • 10:30am Arrive at Memorial Tower of Baengmagoji Battlefield and Memorial Museum

      • 11:10am Leave for Goseokjeong National Tourist Area

      • 11:30am Arrive at Goseokjeong National Tourist Area and have lunch (Korean Table D'hote)

      • 12:30pm Get ready for going to DMZ (2nd Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, Woljeong-ri Station, Cheorwon Korean Workers' Party Headquarters)

      • 6:30pm Arrive at Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station

      • 6:40pm Arrive at Myeongdong Station

      • 7:20pm Arrive at Hongik Univ. Station

      • Please note: This DMZ tour from Seoul itinerary and schedule are for reference only and are subject to traffic conditions and weather conditions of the day. The operator will not issue any refunds in case of changes in schedule due to these conditions and will continue to push through with the tour. Please be patient if any delays occur.

  • If you are adding the DMZ and NLL Day Tour to your itinerary, here are some details:

    • DMZ and NLL Day Tour itinerary:

      • 7:00am-8:00am pick up at hotel

      • 9:20am arrive at Imjingak Park (check Passport)

      • 10:00am The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel & DMZ Pavilion

      • 10:15am Mt. Dora Observatory

      • 10:50am Mt. Dora Station

      • 11:15am Pass by Unification Village

      • 12:00pm Have lunch at Imjingak Park

      • 2:30pm Pass by the Restricted Areas of the DMZ on the way to Northern Limit Line

      • 2:50pm Peace Observatory

      • 3:50pm depart for Seoul

      • Arrive at hotel (around 5:30pm, will differ from hotel location)

    • Same fees apply for adults and children who will join this DMZ tour.

    • Please indicate your hotel address at checkout

    • The minimum participant number for this DMZ tour is three (3) people.

    • Please bring your passport to this DMZ activity.

    • Please note: If the road condition of pickup site is complicated, the shuttle will wait at the nearest subway station.


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