Located inside the Civilian Control Zone, Dorasan Station is the final train stop along the Gyeongui Line before the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the closest operating train station to North Korea. The tracks connect to North Korea’s Pyongbu Line on the other side of the DMZ, which leads to the North Korean capital Pyongyang, and continues all the way to the North Korean-Chinese border. The station once handled cargo coming from the Kaesong Industrial Complex into South Korea, but this was stopped after inter-Korean relations worsened. Dorasan Station is now largely symbolic, handling just a few tourist trains from Seoul per day.
Because Dorasan Station is located in the Civilian Control Zone, foreign tourists must bring their passports to be checked by South Korean military personnel at Imjingak Station before hopping back on the train to Dorasan. Those without their passport will not be able to enter Dorasan Station. The station itself is rather eerie; A pristine modern station deserted of train traffic, with no one but a handful of Korail employees and soldiers inside. A large map details a future Trans-Eurasian rail network where passengers would be able to travel from Busan to Lisbon in the event that South Korean trains will be allowed to cross the border. Visitors can walk around the platforms and admire the beautiful natural scenery surrounding the station but are not allowed to leave the station premises for security purposes.