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DMZ experience center opens in PajuBy Kim Hae-yeon
Published : Aug. 8, 2022 - 15:01
The establishment of the center has been jointly planned by the Korea Tourism Organization and the city of Paju since February 2018, with aims to build a cutting-edge tourism center that focuses on the theme of maintaining peace and working for preservation of the ecological environment of neighboring areas that currently separate the north and south.
On Imjingak’s 3982-square-meter space which used to function as a public parking lot, the KTO and the city jointly invested on a budget of nearly 20 billion won ($15 million) to carry out the project.
The DMZ LIVE Experience Hall comprises of the first and second floor of the center.
Entering the second floor, the Interactive Media Wall is equipped with eight different themes for viewing. The themes include observing and hearing nature sounds of Goseong Hwajinpo waves of Gangwon Province, climbing up Geumgangsan, or viewing an expansive scenery of Haegeumgang Islets from the top of the DMZ Unification Observatory.
“The center looks forward to working together with existing tourism facilities in the neighboring towns, including the Imjingak Peace Gondola or the Camp Greaves, where the second US Infantry division was stationed,” a KTO official said, adding that the opening of the center will serve as momentum in the post-pandemic era for the DMZ to grow as a global tourist destination.
In celebration of its opening, the center allows free admissions to the DMZ Live Hall for all guests through September.
Up to 50 visitors can enter hall per hour. Reservations to visit the DMZ LIVE Hall can be made on the site or through its website, DMZLive.
The center operates from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, and closes on Mondays.
By Kim Hae-yeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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