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Section 4: Cherwon 80km_A Route that follows the Migratory Birds
Cherwon is a paradise for migratory birds. The Cherwon plain, which has long been a major granary of the nation, is a place of respite for migratory birds as they make their travels up and down the globe. Section 4 of the PLZ tour follows the route taken by the birds.
This route includes Baekmagoji, one of the most hard-fought battlefields during the Korean War, and the 2nd infiltration tunnel. Not only does the area contain many interesting remnants from the Korean War, but its history stretches further back. Travelers can visit the Goseokjeong Pavilion, which was the resting place of kings tens of hundreds of years ago, and although the area is now quiet and sparsely inhabited, there is evidence it was once a vibrant part of Korea. Visitors will find this section of the route very thought-provoking.

Triumph Observatory -> Goseokjeong Pavilion -> The 2nd Infiltration Tunnel-> Cherwon Peace Observatory -> Woljeong-ri Station -> Labor Party Office -> Baekmagoji Battlefield
Triumph Observatory (승리전망대)
Triumph ObservatoryThis observatory is an excellent place to observe North Korea. Not only can you see North Korean soldiers moving around, but also a North Korean village located near the border. You can also see the now crooked and weedy Geumgangsan railway, which used to connect the North and the South. Admission to the observatory is allowed 6 times a day. Tour guides explain the DMZ in detail.
Opening hours: 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30 (November-February) / 09:30, 10:30, 11:30, 13:30, 14:30, 15:30, 16:30 (March-October).
Close: Tuesdays, Children’s Day (May 5), New Year’s Day (January 1)
Chuseok (August 15 by the lunar calendar)
※ For admission, visitors are required to fill out an application form on the day of the visit.
Inquiries: 033-450-5900 (Triumph Observatory’s Ticket Box)
Cherwon Tour Homepage: http://tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Goseokjeong Pavilion (고석정)
孤石亭 Goseokjeong PavilionAround 1000 years ago, Goseokjeong Pavailion was a favorite destination of Korea’s kings. Situated against sheer cliffs and clear running waters, it is extremely picturesque. In winter, thousands of migratory birds flock here. Other than Jejudo island, it is the only place that you can find basalt in Korea.
Inquiries: 033-450-5558 (Hantangan River Tour office)
Cherwon Tourism Homepage: http://tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 

The 2nd Infiltration Tunnel (제2땅굴)
The 2nd Infiltration TunneThe 2nd infiltration tunnel was discovered in 1975. It had gone under the border and penetrated 3.5km into South Korea. The tunnel is 2m high, and 2m wide. It is thought that had the North succeeded in completing the tunnel, about 30,000 soldiers, armed with field artillery and tanks, could have entered South Korea in an hour.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,000 won, Student 1,500 won, Child 1,000 won
※ Visitors who wish to enter the 2nd tunnel, need to apply to the Hantangang River Tour Office in advance. Foreigners will need to bring their passports with them. Admission fees also cover entrance to the Peace Observatory and Woljeong-ri Station.
※ Tour groups may be guided by a military official. However depending on the situation of the military unit, an official might not be available.
Opening hours: 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00 (November-February) / 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 (March-October)
Closed: (Every Tuesday, Children’s Day (May 5), New Year’s Day (January 1)
Chuseok (August 15 by the lunar calendar)
Inquiries: 033-450-5558 (Hantangang River Tour office)
 
Peace Observatory (평화전망대)

Peace Observatory
From this observatory, you can see the Cherwon plain, areas of the DMZ, and even North Korea. Photos of the 2nd Infiltration Tunnel, military barracks, checkpoints, and the DMZ are exhibited here. Tourists can easily look around this observatory using the 50-person monorail.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,000 won, Student 1,500 won, Child 1,000 won
※ Visitors who wish to enter the 2nd tunnel, need to apply to the Hantangang River Tour Office in advance. Foreigners will need to bring their passports with them. Admission fees also cover entrance to the 2nd Infiltration Tunnel and Woljeong-ri Station.
※ Tour groups may be guided by a military official. However depending on the situation of the military unit, an official might not be available.
Open: 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00 (November-February) / 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 (March-October)
Closed: (Every Tuesday, Children’s Day (May 5), New Year’s Day (January 1)
Chuseok (August 15 by the lunar calendar)
Inquiries: 033-450-5558 (Hantangang River Tour office)
 
Woljeong-ri Station (월정리역)
Woljeong-ri StationWoljeong-ri Railway Station is the closest station to the Southern Limit Line (SLL). Before the war, trains used to go through this station as they traveled between Seoul and Pyeongyang (the capital of North Korea). In the station, stands an old steam train, but it is only half a train because the North Koreans removed half of it during the war. A sign by the train says “The iron horse still wants to run”, a reference to the nation’s sorrow and its division.
Admission Fees: Adult 2,000 won, Student 1,500 won, Child 1,000 won
※ Visitors who wish to enter the 2nd tunnel, need to apply to the Hantangang River Tour Office in advance. Foreigners will need to bring their passports with them. Admission fees also cover entrance to the 2nd Infiltration Tunnel and the Peace Observatory.
※ Tour groups may be guided by a military official. However depending on the situation of the military unit, an official might not be available.
Opening hours: 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00 (November-February) / 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 (March-October)
Closed: (Every Tuesday, Children’s Day (May 5), New Year’s Day (January 1)
Chuseok (August 15 by the lunar calendar)
Inquiries: 033-450-5558 (Hantangang River Tour office)
 
The Perfect Walk!>> The Cherwon Plain Area
• Junggang-ri → Woljeong-ri Station (4km, it takes about an hour)

Visitors can take a walk around Junggang-ri, a quiet rural village, which is located within the Civilian Control Line. This area is known as the breadbasket of Korea, so it attracts many migratory birds. During winter, you’ll be walking amongst the birds as they look for grains on the ground, and you can enjoy the sight of birds flying in formation overhead.
※ To visit this area, visitors need to fill out an application form at the Hantangang River Tour office on the day of the visit.
Labor Party Office (노동당사)
Labor Party OfficeDuring the Korean War, this building was used as the North Korean Labor Party Office. It has been officially designated as a Cultural Property of Korea, and is now under the control of Cherwon-gun office. The walls of the building are broken and blackened from the bombardment of war, making the building a fitting landmark for such a tragic period.
Inquiries: 033-450-5558 (Hantangang River Tour office)
Cherwon Tourism Homepage: http://tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
Baekmagoji Battlefield (백마고지)

Baekmagoji BattlefieldBaekmagoji Battlefield was the site of one of the war’s bloodiest battles, which took place right before the armistice. The bombardment was so fierce that the mountain lost its original shape, and it now looks like a horse lying down. There is a monument here that commemorates the soldiers who sacrificed their lives during the war. The Observatory and the War Memorial will cause visitors to reflect on the futility of war.

Inquiries: 033-450-5365 (Department of Tourism & Culture, Cherwon-gun Office)
Cherwon Tourism Homepage: http://tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
 
◇ 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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