Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
Eulji Observatory, located near the Military Demarcation Line along the ridge of Gachilbong Peak, is now one of the most informative sites dating back to the Korean War. From Eulji Observatory, visitors can see North Korean land from afar as well as Birobong Peak of Geumgangsan Mountain. It is the northernmost DMZ attraction and over 100,000 people visit this observation platform every year.
Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Panmunjeom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 kilometers north of Seoul. This is where the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. Panmunjeom is within the Joint Security Area (JSA) secured by UN and North Korean military and is beyond the jurisdiction of North and South Korea.
Panmunjeom and the JSA became even more well-known after the release of a film "Joint Security Area (2000)." Now, Panmunjeom is one of the most visited tourist sites of the DMZ.
369, Pilseung-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Located in Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Odusan Unification Observatory was established to console the feelings of dispersed families and provide an educational site for the unification education through 5F to B1 in 1992.
The observatory is situated in the northernmost ceasefire line of the western front where Hangang River and Imjingang River meet. It offers a wide view of Songaksan Mountain in Gaeseong to the north and 63 Building in Seoul to the south. Also, it is a valuable unification security tourist attraction related to Imjingak, the 3rd Tunnel, and Panmunjeom (Joint Security Area) stretching along Jayu-ro Road in the northeast.
Since its opening, almost 1,900,000 people have visited the observatory to feel the reality of the division, making this area the best national unification education site.
310, Je3ttanggul-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Situated in Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do and at the northernmost point of the Military Demarcation Line, Dora Observatory replaced the previous Songaksan Observation Post. From the observatory, visitors can overlook North Korea, including Gaeseong, Songaksan, Kim Il-Sung Statue, and Cooperation Farm (Geumamgol). The observatory has 500 spectator seats, a VIP room, and a large parking area. It was first opened to the public in January 1987.
Near the observatory is The 3rd Tunnel, an infiltration tunnel built by North Korea and found in 1978. It stretches over 1.6 kilometers with a x_height and x_width of 2 meters, capable of mobilizing 30,000 troops in one hour. In front of the tunnel are a variety of attractions such as the DMZ Media Hall (offering the history of the divided country and flourishing ecosystem in the Demilitarized Zone), DMZ Exhibition Hall (displaying relics and documents related to the Demilitarized Zone), sculptures, and souvenir shops. Visitors can see inside the tunnel by either walking or riding the monorail.
Because civilian access is restricted in this area, visitors must participate in the DMZ Peace & Security Tourist Program to visit the observatory.
307, Huimang-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
Dorasan Station, a railway station on the Gyeongui Line, is the northernmost stop on South Korea's railway line. Located 55.8 kilometers from Seoul and 205 kilometers from Pyeongyang, the station was opened as a tourist attraction on April 4, 2002 right before the 2002 Korea-Japan World Cup.
To reach Dorasan Station, visitors can take the DMZ train on Gyeongui Line from Seoul Station or Munsan Station. As this area is located within the Civilian Control Line, visitors and tourists will only be granted access after going through an identification check at Imjingang Station.
158-6, Hagwonnongjang-gil, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Borinara Hagwon Farm is a large-scale barley farm that measures an extensive 561,983 m². It is the nation’s largest barley field. The farm has been seeing a flood of tourists and photographers since its recognition as a tourist-friendly farm. The farm has also featured in several media channels such as dramas, commercials, and films.
To entertain the growing number of visitors, the farm hosts the Green Barley Field Festival in spring and the Buckwheat Flower Festival in fall before the harvest season when the crops are at their peak. In addition to the festivals, visitors can also participate in various activities and buy souvenirs as well as local produce.
Bojeong-dong, Giheung-gu, Yongin-si, Gyeonggi-do
Bojeong-dong Café Street, also known as Jukjeon Café Street, is located in Bojeong-dong, Yongin in Gyeonggi-do. The neighborhood of Bojeong-dong has gained popularity for its exquisite atmosphere and cute cafes lined up along the alleys. The cafe street is not only filled with unique cafes, but also have nice restaurants and clothing shops. In addition, the trees along the street add a nature-friendly touch, providing a welcoming atmosphere as a hangout place to visit with friends or families. The street was designated as Special Cultural Arts Street due to the street festivals and exhibitions held by the university nearby.
250, Seonunsa-ro, Asan-myeon, Gochang-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Seonunsa Temple is known to have been built in year 577, the 24th year of King Wideok of the Baekje dynasty. It is the second head temple of Jogye Order in Jeollabuk-do. According to the temple's historical records, it was originally a very large temple with 87 hermitages and 3,000 monks. Today, only four hermitages remain: Dosolam, Chamdangam, Dongunam, and Seoksangam. In addition, the temple is home to 25 prestigious heritages, namely the Forest of Common Camellias, which is designated as Natural Monument No. 184. A festival dedicated to this forest is held every April.
20-1, Changhae-ro 14beon-gil, Gangneung-si, Gangwon-do
Anmok Beach spans over 500 meters in length and covers an area of 20,000 square meters. The beach is often packed with families on vacation. Right in front of the beach is Anmok Port, where around 23 fishing boats can be moored to unload their catch of seaweed in the spring; flatfish, squid, octopus in the summer; and sailfin sandfish, and pollack in the fall and winter. The place has also become more popular since the main street along the beach earned the reputation as "coffee street."
558, Uiam-ro, Jangsu-gun, Jeollabuk-do
Nongae was born in Juchon Village, Daegok-ri, Janggye-myeon in the 7th year of King Seonjo (September 3, 1575). A clever and beautiful lady, Nongae voluntarily registered as a gisaeng (female entertainer) at the age of 19 when the nation at risk of invasion during the Imjin War. While entertaining one evening, she led Japanese general Keyamura Rokusuke to the edge of a cliff and flung her arms around him, casting both herself and the general into the Jinju Namgang River to their deaths.
To commemorate her faithfulness and allegiance to her country, a project to restore her place of birth was completed in September 2000, drawing many visitors. Nearby Nongae’s birthplace are many tourist attractions, including the Deogyusan Mountain and Odongje and a hiking trail that connects Jangansan Mountain County Park, Jiji Valley, and Donghwa Dam.
1430-14, Gimyujeong-ro, Chuncheon-si, Gangwon-do
Known as one of Korea’s leading short story novelists, Kim You-jeong (1908-1937) was born in Sille Village in Chuncheon. A restoration of his birth house, Kim You-jeong House of Literature is part of an effort to turn the whole village into a literature village in honor of the novelist. The house has an exhibition hall, a walking path, and a hiking trail.
Kim You-jeong spent a great deal of his life in Seoul and returned to his hometown in 1931 at the age of 23. He published his first novel Sangol Nageune (The Wanderer) followed by numerous rural-based novels such as Dongbaekkkot (The Camellias) and Bom bom (Spring).
Inside the exhibition hall, his birth home and even a treadmill are reproduced in their original form. A variety of programs reproducing his works are on display.
28, Toegye-ro 34-gil, Jung-gu, Seoul
Namsangol Hanok Village opened in 1998 on the northern side of Namsan Mountain in the center of the capital. This village has five restored hanok (traditional Korean house) premises, a pavilion, traditional garden, performance arts stage and a time capsule plaza, making it a perfect spot for both locals and tourists to take a leisure walk. Upon entering from the front gate, visitors will get a taste of Korea's traditional life while escaping from the bustling city life of modern times. The traditional garden with its pavilion and old houses creates a peaceful ambiance before the forested Namsan Mountain. A time capsule commemorating Seoul’s 600th anniversary was buried in 1994 at the highest point of the village and is scheduled to be reopened 400 hundred years later in 2394.
The five hanok premises at Namsangol Hanok Village once belonged to aristocrats and government officials of the Joseon dynasty. Each house was originally located in different neighborhoods, but they were all moved to this area and restored to their original form. The houses were rebuilt using their original materials, except for one house, which the materials were too old and deteriorated to be reused. The premises were carefully restored and replicated according to their original form to depict the owners’ social class and personality. These buildings are now used as an exhibit to portray the living environment during the Joseon dynasty as well as a venue for educational and cultural programs for children and tourists.
Some of the noteworthy programs and activities to participate in include wearing hanbok, folding hanji (traditional Korean paper), writing in Korean, traditional tea ceremony, traditional etiquette school and herbal medicine experience. There are also taekwondo demonstrations and other various performances held around the village. Visitors can also try traditional games such as yunnori (traditional board game), or understand more about the area through a tour guide.