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Section 1: Goseong to Inje-A 100km-long-path running from the East coast to the mountain peaks
Course 1 stretches from Goseong, a town located on the east coast of the Korean peninsula, to Inje, a town in the Seoraksan mountain range. Goseong is the northernmost point on the South Korean peninsula and has long been a popular destination for visitors interested in the DMZ (PLZ). Inje is part of the beautiful Seoraksan mountain ranges, which are often selected by international tourists as having some of the most dramatic scenery in Korea.

As the first course unfolds, visitors will be greeted by the beautiful scenery of the sea and mountains. The course begins at the Goseong Unification observatory, which is the closest observation point to North Korea. The road running from the observatory to Hwajinpo Lake is considered by many to be the most beautiful coastal road in the country, and when you turn your back on the sea, Mt.Seoraksan welcomes you. On your way, you can also visit Manhae Village, which was built to commemorate the monk Han Yong-Un, one of the most respected poets in Korea. In this village, you can experience the serenity of oriental Buddhist culture.

Goseong Unification observatory -> Hwajinpo Lake -> Jinburyeong Peak -> Hyangrobong Peak -> Manhae Village -> Peace & Life Hill
Unification Observatory (통일 전망대)
Unification ObservatoryThe observatory is about as close to North Korea as civilians can get. More than 1 million people visit here every year. On the second floor of the observatory, you can see North Korea through a telescope. On a clear day, you can even see North Koreans moving around with your naked eyes. On the first floor, weapons and equipment used during the Korean War are on display, while the second floor exhibits items that North Koreans use in their daily lives.
Admission Fees: Adult 3,000 won, teens and children 1,500 won
※ Before visiting the observatory, you must submit an application form in advance, and receive a 8-minute-long lesson about security at the Unification and Security Park.
Operating Hours: 09:00-16:20 (March 1 - July 14, August 21 - October 31)
                               09:00-17:30 (July 15 - August 20)
                               09:00-15:50 (November 1 - February 28)
Phone Number: 033-682-0088
☞ Unification Observatory Homepage: www.tongiltour.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
DMZ Museum
DMZ MuseumAlthough the DMZ Museum was established in memory of a painful past, the museum today embraces everything about the latest efforts made to transform the DMZ from a place of political scars to a symbol of peace and ecology.

The museum is organized into four thematic exhibition halls, a special exhibition hall, a small movie hall and convenience facilities. The exhibition halls are arranged under a number of different themes that underscore the historical significance of the DMZ and its value as a treasure trove of ecology for the future. A 3D motion picture capturing the story of the Korean War and a short documentary on the nature in the DMZ region, among many other videos are shown here. The Special Exhibition Hall features photographs of the DMZ and the ecology around the area.
☞ Admission Fee: Adults 2,000won / Teenagers 1,400won / Children 1,000won
※ Before visiting the museum, you must submit an application form in advance, and receive a 8-minute-long lesson about security at the Unification and Security Park.
☞ Open Hours: 09:00~17:00 (Closed Mondays)
☞ For More Information: 033-681-0625
☞ Website: www.dmzmuseum.com (Korean)
 
Hwajinpo Lake (화진포)
Hwajinpo LakeThe water of Hwajinpo Lake is particularly clear, since it is located where the river meets the East Sea. Next to the lake are expansive fields of reeds, where migratory birds and swans gather during winter. The area is often wreathed in mist coming off the sea and the lake. The area’s scenery is so picturesque that both Kim Il-Sung, (1912-1994) the leader of North Korea, and the South Korean president, Lee Seung-Man (1875-1965), had summerhouses here after the independence of Korea in 1945.
Inquiries: 033-680-3361-3 (Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Goseong–gun County Office)
☞ Goseong Tour Homepage: www.goseong.org/site/tour/page (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
The Perfect Walk! >> Hwajinpo Lake Area
• Hwajinpo Aquarium → Sandy Beach of Hwajinpo Lake → Lee Gi-Bung Summerhouse → Kim Il-Sung Summerhouse (It is a 3km-long course that takes about an hour.)

A scenic promenade stretches around Hwajinpo Lake, which will take you past evergreen trees, fields of reeds, and white sandy beaches. It makes for the perfect stroll. The area is a famous filming location for TV dramas and films. Hwajinpo Aquarium and Hwajinpo History & Security Museum are also located nearby.
Jinburyeong Peak (진부령)
Jinburyeong Peak is part of one of Korea’s most famous mountain ranges, Seoraksan. Many people come here, since you can enjoy beautiful vistas as you climb, and you can see Mt.Geumgangsan from the peak. On top of the peak is the Hyangrobong Battle Monument, indicating that the area was a hard-fought battlefield during the Korean War.
Inquiries: 033-680-3361-3 (Dept. of Tourism, Culture & Sports, Goseong–gun County Office)
☞ Goseong Tour Homepage: www.goseong.org/site/tour/page (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Hyangrobong Peak (향로봉)
Hyangrobong PeakHyangrobong Peak is actually part of the Geumgangsan Mountains, and was only opened to the public in September 2008. Its natural treasures have been untouched for half a century, so this is particular treat for nature enthusiasts and hikers. While you climb, can see Mt.Seoraksan and the East Sea, and from the top of the peak you can see views of the spectacular Mt. Geumgangsan in North Korea.
Inquiries: 033-462-2982 (The 12th division, Eulji Military Unit)
Inje Tour Homepage: www.injetour.net (Korean, English)
 
The Perfect Hike! >> Hyangrobong Peak Hike
• Jinburyeong Peak → Chiljeongbong Peak → Dunggeulbong Peak (Hyangro Military Unit’s Guard Post) → Hyangrobong Peak (It is 25Km there and back, and takes about 7 hours.)

From the peak, you can see the peaks of Mt.Geumgangsan, which is located in North Korea. Beautiful landscape unfolds as you make your way up the mountain. Since the trail has long been protected from the public, it is still well-preserved and without any artificial additions.
※ The area that lies past the guard post is open only to groups. You are advised to make a reservation 2 weeks in advance. (Tel. 033-462-2982, the 12th division, Eulji Military Unit)
Manhae Village (만해마을)
This village is built to commemorate the literature and patriotic spirit of the poet Manhae, Han Yong-Un, who was a strong activist for national independence. The village has a museum, and training and accommodation facilities. It also offers a “temple stay” experience, lessons in Korean culture, and academic literary programs.
Manhae Literature Museum Admission Fees: Adult 2,000won, Student 1,000won
Lodging Facilities: House of Literary Men 50,000-70,000 won (2-3 persons per night)
Inquiries: 033-462-2303 (Reservations are required for all the facilities)
☞ Manhae Village Homepage: www.manhae.net (Korean)
 
Peace & Life Hill (평화생명동산)
The purpose of the Peace and Life Hill is to restore and preserve the unique ecosystem of the DMZ. The area is divided into two, the Natural Eco-Park and the Peace Education Village. In the eco-park, you can get an in-depth experience into the ecosystem of the DMZ area. The Peace Education Village offers various programs about history, culture, and ecosystems. ( It is scheduled to open in August 2009)
Inquiries : 033-460-2161 (Future Planning Bureau, Inje-gun County Office)
☞ Inje Tour Homepage: www.injetour.net (Korean, English)
 
◇For more information on the PLZ (DMZ) tour packages, contact
☞ DMZ Tour +82-2-706-4851-2, Homepage: www.dmztourkorea.com
☞ Hyundai Asan +82-2-3669-3000, Homepage: www.mtkumgang.com/plz/intro.jsp
 



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