Dora Observatory


Peer through binoculars for a voyeuristic glimpse into the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK; North Korea). On a clear day you can make out Kaesong city and Kaesong Industrial Complex, where for a time cheap North Korean labourers were employed by South Korean conglomerates. You'll also spot the 160m-high North Korean flag in Gijeong-dong, facing South Korea's paltry 98m erection.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby The DMZ attractions

1. Third Infiltration Tunnel

0.62 MILES

Since 1974, four tunnels have been found running under the DMZ, dug by the North Koreans so that their army could launch a surprise attack. Walking along…

2. Dorasan Train Station

0.77 MILES

Awaiting the next departure to Pyongyang (and onward trans-Eurasian intercontinental travel), Dorasan train station stands as a symbol of hope for the…

3. Dorasan Peace Park

0.92 MILES

This mildly diverting park has a couple of modern Korean tanks, some deer, an outdoor photo display and a few saplings called, groovily, the Paul…

4. Joint Security Area

2.09 MILES

Unquestionably the highlight of any trip to the DMZ is the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom. An improbable tourist destination, it's here where the…

5. Imjingak

2.29 MILES

This park is dedicated to the 10 million South Koreans separated from their families when the peninsula was divided postwar. Also here is the Freedom…

6. Gallery SoSo

8.17 MILES

There's nothing so-so about this modernist, wood-panelled gallery building backing on to the forested hillside. The engaging exhibitions mostly feature…

7. Blume Museum of Contemporary Art

8.27 MILES

This contemporary gallery exhibits a mix of emerging and established artists across all mediums. It's inside a postmodern building designed by Korean…

8. White Block Art Centre

8.29 MILES

In the centre of the village, this is one of Heyri's larger-scale galleries with three floors showcasing contemporary art. Outside stands the blue…