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Address: Jeomwon-ri, Gunnae-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 413-920, South Korea
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Good on a clear day

Here you can look through telescopes to see North Korea. Unfortunately, it was foggy on the day of my visit, so the visibility was poor. They also offer a short 7 minutes program... read more

Reviewed 2 days ago
clairmontjeff
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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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Moultonborough, New Hampshire
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 159 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Here you can look through telescopes to see North Korea. Unfortunately, it was foggy on the day of my visit, so the visibility was poor. They also offer a short 7 minutes program in several languages.

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Calgary, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This area is where you are on a high tower and can look into North Korea where they have a giant flag flying and loud speakers blasting their news to the people. You can pay to look in binoculars however with a strong camera save your money.

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Melbourne, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We visited here and some other sights in the DMZ tour (including the JSA zone) in March'17. It's worth it! There are so much to take in and learn about who and what in the Korean war. I really hope Korea (north & south) can be as one again? And leave this hostile ugliness in the past! There is one... More 

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Thank mikeadey72
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed January 7, 2017

Very good view of the North Korean "propaganda villages". You can here North Korean propaganda messages and music being played over a loud speaker in the distance. Definitely worth the visit!

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Thank Phil D
Florida
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed December 18, 2016

This is somewhere you can see that the divide between North and South Korea isn't a thing of the past. You can pay 500 won to get a closer view into North Korea. There is a room where you can see a model of North Korea (the are you can view from the observatory. Where you are in the room... More 

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Brussels, Belgium
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Reviewed December 3, 2016 via mobile

Standing there makes you realize this whole North/South Korea thing is still very alive today and no child's play. You can peek into North Korea quite a bit and hear propaganda that is played through loudspeakers. You can also observe other tourists who make smiling selfies with soldiers as they were in front of the Eiffel Tower. That is an... More 

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Makati, Philippines
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed December 3, 2016

A place where you can take a trip during summer time. A place rich in the history on the Korean conflict. You can see the adjacent North Korean side (photography is strictly not allowed, as camera flashed might be mistaken as gun fire), a village and the 3rd tallest flagpole in the world. Technically both Koreas are still at war,... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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Reviewed December 2, 2016 via mobile

You can see NorthKorean territory from here. Pretty notable the difference about both Koreas in just one landscape

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Reviewed November 24, 2016

On a sunny day with clear blue skies, you can get a panoramic view of the DMZ and look right into North Korea from afar. Unfortunately it was cloudy when I was there so I could not see as much. But still, the view was magnificent.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed November 14, 2016

The view from here is amazing because you can visibly see (well in a very clear day) the boundaries between N. Korea, the DMZ and S. Korea. The flags of both countries are very obvious, the division of the land is very obvious. This is manned by soldiers so be aware of restrictions.

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