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Section 2: Yanggu 60km_Where beautiful nature exists alongside the scars of war 
Nine of the most hard-fought battles during the Korean War took place in Yanggu, and the scars of war still remain here. There are two observatories and one tunnel dug by North Korea. The communist regime dug the tunnel in an attempt to infiltrate into South Korea. However, despite such traces of war, Yanggu has become a nature preserve.

Yanggu region lies in a basin surrounded by mountains over 1,000m high, so it naturally became the most hard-fought battlefield of the war, and it is still a very important military zone. These days, two thirds of its population are soldiers. Civilians’ access to Yanggu region has been restricted over the last half century. As a result, animals and plants have flourished in this region. When taking this 60km-long tour course, you will witness the wonders of life that emerged from the ashes of war.

Yanggu War Memorial Hall -> The 4th Infiltration Tunnel -> Eulji Observatory -> Mt. Dosolsan -> Dutayeon Pond -> Bangsan Pottery Museum
War Memorial Hall (전쟁기념관)
War Memorial Hall
Yanggu was one of the fiercest battlefields, and so the War Memorial Hall was built to honor those who perished fighting on the battlefields of the Korean War. It has 9 exhibition halls where approximately 500 weapons and a variety of military equipment are on display. You can also listen to moving testimonies from the war’s survivors.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,500 won, Child 1,300 won
※ This also covers the fees for Eulji Observatory and the 4th Infiltration Tunnel
※ To visit the war memorial, visitors need to apply at the Yanggu Unification Hall no later than 16:00 on the day of the intended visit.
Operating Hours: 09:00-18:00 (March-October), 09:00-17:00 (November-February), Closed on Mondays
Inquiries: 033-480-2674 (Yanggu Unification Hall)
Yanggu Tour Homepage: www.ygtour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
The 4th Infiltration Tunnel (제4땅굴)
The 4th Infiltration TunnelThis is the 4th North Korean tunnel that has been discovered by South Korea. It was unearthed in 1990. The tunnel is open to tourists, and you can walk through the tunnel until you are 100m from the Military Demarcation Line. Rusty helmets and water bottles that used to belong to North Korean soldiers are exhibited in the Security Instruction Hall, which is located at the entrance to the tunnel.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,500 won, Child 1,300 won
※ This also covers the fees for Eulji Observatory and the War Memorial Hall
※ In order to visit the tunnel, you have to make an application at the Yanggu Unification Hall no later than 16:00 on the visiting day.
Inquiries: 033-480-2674 (Yanggu Unification Hall), 033-480-2251 (Dept. Culture and Tourism, Yanggu-gun County Office)
 
Eulji Observatory (을지전망대)
Eulji Observatory Eulji Observatory is located about 1km away from the Military Demarcation Line. From the observatory, you can see five peaks of the Geumgangsan mountain range in North Korea. It is also a good place to observe the picturesque Punch Bowl basin, which is generally shrouded by cloud and mist.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,500 won, Child 1,300 won
※ This also covers the fees for the War Memorial Hall and the 4th Infiltration Tunnel
※ In order to visit the observatory, you have to make an application at the Yanggu Unification Hall no later than 16:00 on the visiting day.
Inquiries: 033-480-2674 (Yanggu Unification Hall), 033-480-2251 (Dept. Culture and Tourism, Yanggu-gun County Office)
 
Mt. Dosolsan (도솔산)
Mt. DosolsanThis rugged mountain has thick forests and deep valleys and was a strategic battlefront during the Korean War. The fierce “Dosolsan Battle” took place here. Every June, a large-scale cultural festival is held to pay tribute to soldiers who sacrificed their lives fighting for peace.
Inquiries: 033-480-2251 (Dept. Culture and Tourism, Yanggu-gun County Office)
Yanggu Tour Homepage: www.ygtour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
The Perfect Walk! >> Gachilbong Peak OP(Observation Post)
• Baekdusan Military Unit Guard Post → Gachilbong Peak OP (13km, it takes about 3 and a half hours)

You will go past the Civilian Control Line and close to the Demilitarized Zone. Out of all of the hikes in the PLZ, this one brings you the nearest to North Korea. As of now, civilians are not allowed to freely do this hike, but on special occasions, permission is granted to tour groups.
※ To do this hike, consultation with the Dept. Culture and Tourism of Yanggu-gun County Office is required.

Dutayeon Pond (두타연)
Dutayeon PondThis pond was named after Dutasa Temple, which is believed to have floated on the pond 1000 years ago. Its waters flow down from Mt. Geumgangsan. A 10m-high waterfall is spectacularly set against a steep cliff and natural caves. Dutayeon Pond is located within the Civilian Control Line, so civilians did not have access to Dutayeon Pond until 2003. This area is the habitat of rare animals such as antelopes and flying squirrels, which have been designated as a natural treasure of Korea.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,000 won, Child 1,000 won
※ To visit Dutayeon pond, you will need to apply for entrance to the Dept. Culture and Tourism, Yanggu-gun County Office at least 3 days in advance. Admission is permitted only for groups of more than 4 persons. You can download the application form from the Yanggu-gun Office website.
Opening Hours: Once a day, visitors should gather at Myeongpumgwan (Yanggu Souvenir Shop) in Jung-ri, Yanggu-gun town by 09:00. Depart time is 09:30 (Closed on Mondays )
Inquiries: 033-480-2251 (Dept. Culture and Tourism, Yanggu-gun Office)
Yanggu-gun Office Homepage: www.ygtour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
The Perfect Walk! >> Dutayeon Pond Trekking
Dutayeon Pond Trekking• Dutayeon Pond → Dongmyeon Water Intake Station (7km, it takes about 2 hours)

Here, you can really experience untouched, virgin nature. The smooth ground feels good to walk on. In fall, brilliant, varying colors of autumn foliage line both sides of the path and offer fantastic views.
※ You need to follow the same admission process as that of Dutayeon Pond.
Bangsan Pottery Museum (방산자기박물관)
Bangsan Pottery MuseumBangsan area in Yanggu Region is famous for its high-quality white earth, which was used for making royal Pottery during the Joseon Dynasty. Bangsan Pottery Museum explains the high quality of Bangsan white Pottery and its history. In the museum, you can also have a try at making ceramics.
Admission Fees: Adult 1,000 won, Student 700 won, Child 500 won
Opening Hours: March-October 09:00-18:00, November-February 09:00-17:00 (Closed on Mondays and January 1st, Closed until noon on Seollal (Korean New Year’s Day) & Chuseok )
Inquiries: 033-480-2664
Bangsan Porcelian Museum Homepage: www.bangsanm.or.kr (Korean)
 
◇ For more information on 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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