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DMZ Peace Trail will reopen in September

A view of North Korea’s east coast from the Goseong Unification Observation Tower on the Goseong Hiking Trail in Gangwon Province (KTO)

Eleven hiking trails along the demilitarized zone, which separates the two Koreas, will be open to the public next month.

The DMZ Peace Trail routes in 10 regions – Ganghwado, Gimpo, Goyang, Paju, Yeoncheon, Cheorwon, Hwacheon, Yanggu, Inje and Goseong – will be fully open from September 13 to December, according to the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism. Goseong has two trails.

Online reservations begin Tuesday. Each course has different dates and time slots, with a maximum of 20 people for each slot. Participants will be selected by lottery 14 days before the designated dates if a slot is full.

A reservation fee of 10,000 won will be charged and later refunded with local gift certificates or regional products.

All routes include sections where participants travel by car, with the cooperation of military bases, to ensure participant safety and protect wildlife.

A view of the North Korean Gaepung-gun from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory on the Ganghwado Hiking Trail in Incheon (KTO)

A view of the North Korean Gaepung-gun from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory on the Ganghwado Hiking Trail in Incheon (KTO)

Some of the popular routes include Goseong with its view of Geumgangsan, Paju, which starts at the Imjingak Pavilion and leads to a demolished guardhouse via Dorasan Observatory, and Ganghwado and Gimpo, which are relatively close to the Seoul metropolitan area.

The government previously opened three hiking routes in Cheorwon, Goseong and Paju on a trial basis in April 2019, but temporarily closed them after five months due to the outbreak of African swine fever, which was later followed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The program reopened with seven routes in November 2021, but closed after about a month to prevent the spread of the pandemic.

More information and online reservations will be available from Tuesday on the official website of DMZ Peace Trail, operated by the Korea Tourism Organization.

By Hwang Dong-Hee ([email protected])