The 7th section of the PLZ course runs along the Hangang River. The Northern Limit Line (NLL) is located right where the Hangang River meets the West Sea. Barbed wire fences have been erected to prevent the invasion of North Korean spies, and visitors can feel the high military tension in the air. However, the area also has a rich natural environment and features sandy beaches, wetlands, and fields of reeds. You can also visit many historical sites since the area is located near to Seoul, which in the past was called Hanyang and was the capital of the Joseon Dynasty. This area attracts many visitors who come to watch the beautiful sunset over the West Sea and the migratory birds on the Hangang riversides. The last section of the PLZ course runs to the westernmost point of South Korea’s territory, which is a starting point for a brand new road for a peaceful era.
|Aegibong Peak Observatory -> Ganghwadaegyo Bridge -> Yeonmijeong Pavilion -> Ganghwa Peace Observatory|
|Aegibong Peak Observatory (애기봉전망대)|
|The tablet naming the peak is written in the hand-writing of the late Korean President Park Chung Hee. He heard a story about the peak while he visited the place, and gave it its name. From the observatory, you can see North Korea’s Gaeseong city, rural villages, and various military defenses. You can also see a fake village, which North Korea built as a form of propaganda. Within the observatory is the Mangbaedan Altar, which is where people originally from North Korea perform the rites honoring their ancestors during South Korea’s major holidays.|
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00 (March-September), 08:30-17:00 (October-February) (Open all year round)
※ Each traveler must fill out an application to gain entry to the observatory, and military personnel will conduct security checks. Foreigners should bring their passports with them.
Inquiries: 031-988-6128 (Aegibong Peak Observatory office)
※ A tour guide service is available when you make a reservation in advance.
☞ Aegibong Peak Observatory Office Homepage: www.aegibong.co.kr (Korean, English)
|Ganghwadaegyo Bridge (강화대교)|
|This grand bridge links the mainland with Ganghwa Island. Before the bridge was built, people had to make the journey by boat, but since the bridge’s construction, visitors have been able to go back and forth very conveniently. From the bridge, you can enjoy a beautiful view of the sunset.|
Inquiries: 031-980-2741 (the Department of Culture & Art, Gimpo City Office)
☞ Gimpo City Homepage: www.gimpo.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
|A Perfect Walk! >> A beach walk along the border|
• Ganghwadaegyo Bridge → Yeonmijeong Pavilion (4km, it takes about an hour)
A walking path runs from the northern part of Ganghwadaegyo Bridge to Yeonmijeong Pavilion. You will walk along the barbed wire fences placed along the seashore, which is the border with North Korea. Over the fences, you can see the North Korean territory. The path is peaceful and also a reasonable distance for walking.
|Yeonmijeong Pavilion (연미정)|
|From the Yeonmijeong Pavilion, you can see where the Hangang River and the Imjingang River meet and flow into the Ganghwa strait and the West Sea. The name Yeonmi (“Yeon” means swallow and “Mi” means tail in Korean) comes from the shape of the river here, which looks like the tail of swallow. The pavilion is a famous spot for watching the moon rise.|
Inquiries: 032-930-3624~5 (the Department of Culture & Tourism, Ganghwa-gun Office)
☞ Ganghwa-gun County Office Homepage: www.ganghwa.incheon.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
|Peace Observatory (평화전망대)|
|From the observatory, you can see North Korean people living on the other side of the border, as well as the Gaeseong Industrial Complex and Mt. Songaksan. On the first and second floor, the conditions of the war-torn South Korea and its unification policies are on display. You can buy North Korea-made specialties in the souvenir shop.|
Opening Hours: 09:00-18:00 (March-October), 09:00-17:00 (November-February)
Admission Fees: Adults 2,500 won, Students 1,700 won, Children 1,000 won
Inquiries: 032-930-7062~3 (Peace Observatory)
☞ Ganghwa Tour Homepage: http://english.ganghwa.incheon.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
|A Perfect Walk or Bike! >> Around the West Coast|
• Ganghwa History Museum → Yongjinjin Fort → Odudondae High Ground→ Gwangseongbo Fort → Deokjinjin Fort → Chojijin Fort (13km, it takes about 4 hours)
There is a picturesque road that runs around Ganghwa Island. This is a good route for both bike-riding and walking. Bike rental is available from nearby Ganghwa History Museum. There is a bike-only lane along the coastal road. The path from Gwangseongbo Fort to Deokjinjin Fort is famous for its beautiful scenery, especially in autumn when the leaves turn crimson and golden.
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