Dora Observatory
Dora Observatory
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Soudamini Mohapatra
Bengaluru, India1,098 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Visited it on a cloudy day and nothing much was visible. Liked the place and the view. The triangular river bed and some buildings on the South Korea side was very clearly visible. Overall it's a nice place to visit as part of the DMZ tour.
Written 30 April 2024
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NICHOLAS T
Dubai, United Arab Emirates8,954 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
This is an interesting and eerie place to visit.

The observatory offers a great view over both North and South Korea including lots of free telescopes for a closer view. There is an auditorium to take in the view and decent cafe inside the main building.
Written 6 April 2024
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Daniel L
Singapore, Singapore488 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Know more on the history of Korea and understand the peace that we are have doesn't come easy the only place that could view North Korea without going into the country..Only available via DMZ tour group
Written 12 December 2023
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia18,060 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
"The highlight of the tour", as described by most agencies who sell the "Half day DMZ tour".
Dora Observatory was built atop the hill on SK side, roughly a mile or two away from the demarcation line.
On the ground floor is an interesting exhibition of historic timeline, leaders meetings, peace talks, economy achievements,...etc.
First and second floor are the same - observations decks. First floor is indoor when weather's bad, so if it's nice head directly to the second floor open air view point.
There you have both, classic and digital binoculars to observe North Korea, which is clearly visible from here.
Basically you stare at a land mass like any other. With digital binoculars you can zoom and see the first village in NK - feels little bit humiliating like you're watching animals in a Zoo, not humans over there. A woman from our group screamed in joy when she spotted a North Korean guy riding his bike like she saw an alien.
For me, the biggest attraction were two flag poles - NK of course higher due to their propaganda purposes.
Written 12 May 2023
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AnLil
913 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2022 • Family
Only on a clear day if you depart Seoul by 9:30 in the morning (~60 km with passports), you might be able to bypass bus lines bound past the Blue Line for the Dora Observatory or “OP Dora-san” (Dora Mountain). Acceptance conditions are strict, and limited spots are released at the Imjingak Ticket Center (rest stop). We took a Seoul City Tour bus and viewed the film and environs of Kaesong, surrounded by farming villages North of the DeMilitarized Zone. About 80 archaeologists from South Korea have been working together with North Koreans to excavate an ancient palace—Manwoldae, seat of the Goryeo dynasty that ruled here (emerging after the Shilla dynasty’s 3-kingdoms based near Busan). Goryeo had revived the Goguryeo Korean kingdom that originated before the time of Jesus and lasted 7 centuries, including present-day Manchuria. Goryeo’s capital may have been destroyed and buried in the 14th century Red Turban rebellion, but was located in Kaesong, the old imperial capital of medieval Korea that is visible by powerful binoculars from the Dora Observatory. It is presently about the second largest city in the so called Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, which remains cut off by the GPS-blocking transmission tower on the mountaintop. However, cellphone and visa transactions were possible on the South (ROK) side and at gift shops, either at the Third Tunnel in Paju, or Tongilchon: “course A.” The earliest buses depart before 9 a.m. arrival and no later than about 2:30, except that afternoon bus passengers can only hope to be admitted onto a shuttle transfer. The option of ‘course’ B’s ecological sites with the tomb of Dr Heo Joon (1615) means skipping Tongilchon (i.e., “no shopping” nor hamlet-made soy milk gelato). This isn’t a must-see; but since Dora Observatory is near the underground Tunnel it is worth making a stop, except for seniors and those with health /claustrophobia or mobility issues.
Written 19 September 2022
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Abovetheclouds
2,009 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2022 • Solo
Amazing. The closest view you will get of North Korea. A must. Look carefully into the telescopes. It takes time, we managed to see people. Even though they were tiny, it was still something. It took a lot of patience.
Written 30 May 2022
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BillNabilah
Sepang, Malaysia268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019 • Friends
Very interesting place. You can take a look at North Korea land. A lot of informative stuff to learn here. I was part of a guided tour group so we were also taken to a theatre where we watched a short movie about Korean war. Quite sad actually.
Written 15 March 2020
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,412 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
There is a mini theatre where you can watch a film on the Korean war. From the top floor of the observatory, we can see the North Korean outpost and their soldiers and a model village, through mounted binoculars.
Written 30 November 2019
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Po_Ri_Luk
11 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019
I went there as part of a guided tour. They took us there and we went to the new observatory up the hill. It's really steep. From the observatory you can see the neighbour. I have been lucky because the weather was good and I could see really far.
Written 18 September 2019
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litlux
Seoul, South Korea55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
This is quite sensitive area, you need to bring your passport or visa or ID to enter.

You are not allowed to take photos of soldiers and military equipments

This place offers you a great view of both North and South Korea. You can observe North Korea Goengsan industrial complex.

Beside the view was really beautiful.
Written 1 September 2019
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