One of the most popular DMZ tourist sites amongst Koreans is the Cheorwon Peace Observatory, located less than two hours outside of Seoul, nestled in the northwest corner of Gangwon Province. It provides great views into North Korea on a clear day as well as the historic remains of Gung-Ye Castle town, which dates back nearly 1000 years and is situated right in the middle of the DMZ.
The Cheorwon Peace Observatory is a three-story tall building situated on the top of a hill overlooking the DMZ and North Korea. Visitors must take a small monorail ride from the bottom of the hill to reach the observatory. The first floor is home to a museum detailing the intense battles that took place in the surrounding area during the Korean War, the tense situation of the DMZ, the discovery of a North Korean infiltration tunnel in the area, and hopes for peace between North and South Korea.
The second floor is home to the actual observatory. A large-scale model of the area and high-power telescopes are set up all along the front of the observatory to give visitors a detailed look of the surrounding area, while seats are also set up in an auditorium style for lectures by the tour guides. On a clear day, it's even possible to see Geumgang Mountain, a famous and historic mountain beloved by people on both sides of the DMZ. There are also areas surrounding the observatory that are accessible to tourists, which require a passport to enter as they form part of the Civilian Control Zone.
Goseokjeong Land > The 2nd Tunnel > Cheorwon Peace Observatory (monorail included) > Cheorwon Durumi Hall (Crane Pavilion) > Woljeongni Station
Operating period: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun (Private car tours are not allowed on weekends)
Closed: Every Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Children’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day), & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
Duration: 3 hours
Baengmagoji Station > The 2nd Tunnel > Cheorwon Peace Observatory > Woljeongri Station > Baengmagoji Station
Operating period: Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri, Sat, Sun
Closed: Every Tuesday, New Year’s Day, Children’s Day, Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) Holidays
Departure Times: 10:40, 13:30
Duration: 3 hours
- Adults 8,000 won / Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 6,000 won
- Seniors (ages 65 or more), people with disabilities (Grade 1-3) 6,000 won
* Free for babies (ages under 6 years old)
* Excluding shuttle bus fare, there may be separate charges for parking fees and facility utility fees
Integrated Admission Ticket (The 2nd Tunnel – Cheorwon Peace Observatory – Woljeong-ri Station - Cheorwon Durumi Hall (Crane Pavilion))
- Adults: Individuals 4,000 won / Groups 3,000 won
- Seniors: Individuals 2,000 won / Groups 1,500 won
- Teenagers: Individuals 3,000 won / Groups 2,000 won
- Children: Individuals 2,000 won / Groups 1,500 won
Individuals - Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers 1,500 won / Children 1,000 won / Seniors 1,000 won
Groups - Adults 1,500 won / Teenagers 1,000 won / Children 700 won / Seniors 700 won
Reservation Information for Foreign Visitors
Visit the Iron Triangle Battlefield Information Center 20 minutes before the desired departure time. Present an ID, pay the admission fee, and fill out the registration form.
|Company Name||Cheorwon Peace Observatory (철원평화전망대)|
|Category||Tour & Sightseeing Outdoors & Adventure Others|
|Opening Hours||06:00 - 18:00|
|Closed Days||Tuesday, Children's Day, Lunar New Year, Chuseok|
|Convenient Facilities||Parking, Concession Stand, Souvenir Shop|
588-14 Junggang-ri, 동송읍 철원군 강원도 South Korea 588-14