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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 Klarna Trips Paju online visit planner.
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  • Only on a clear day if you depart Seoul by 9:30 in the morning (~60 km with passports), you might be able to bypass bus lines bound past the Blue Line for the Dora Observatory or “OP Dora-san” (Dora.....  more
    Only on a clear day if you depart Seoul by 9:30 in the morning (~60 km with passports), you might be able to bypass bus lines bound past the Blue Line for the Dora Observatory or “OP Dora-san” (Dora.....  more »
  • Amazing. The closest view you will get of North Korea. A must. Look carefully into the telescopes. It takes time, we managed to see people. Even though they were tiny, it was still something... 
    Amazing. The closest view you will get of North Korea. A must. Look carefully into the telescopes. It takes time, we managed to see people. Even though they were tiny, it was still something...  more »
  • Very interesting place. You can take a look at North Korea land. A lot of informative stuff to learn here. I was part of a guided tour group so we were also taken to a theatre where we watched a... 
    Very interesting place. You can take a look at North Korea land. A lot of informative stuff to learn here. I was part of a guided tour group so we were also taken to a theatre where we watched a...  more »
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  • The observatory shows some history between South and North Korea. However, reading up on the history between the two will enrich the visit even more. Highly recommended to visit on days with clear skies in order to see North Korea.
  • Beautiful views of the DMZ. Try and make sure you go on a clear day otherwise you won't see much. The observation binoculars are at a height for 5 foot people so as a six foot man it was a bit of a pain bending over everytime I wanted look. It is as of 7/10/22 the only way to see Panmunjeon joint security area as it is closed until further notice. And you really can't see much anyway. Worth a short visit
  • The view from the top can be enhanced by looking through the telescopes. You'll see North Korea and it's flag and village. Most Tour guides allow people to blast off some K-pop or other music towards North Korea - I'm sure you know why.
  • Nice place to see both north and South Korea. The weather was beautiful for us. We used a private tour guide for the day and it was awesome.
  • Your very recommended for this since they explain all the history and what to look out for in the observatory. Check the weather before booking to get good view of the DMZ and North Korea They have binoculars you can use to look across North Korea and you can even see people fishing, riding bikes etc

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