‘"DMZ Peace Road" Gimpo Route
Gyeonggi-do announced on the 14th that three themed routes, including Gimpo, Goyang, and Paju, will be opened from the 20th, "DMZ Peace Road," where visitors can experience the ecological and historical values of the DMZ.
"DMG Peace Road" is Incheon to promote peace between the two Koreas and revitalize the border economy. It is a project to create courses using local ecological, historical, and security resources in 10 local governments along the border between Gyeonggi and Gangwon Demilitarized Zone. Gyeonggi-do Province will open a total of 87.2km of three routes, Gimpo, Goyang and Paju, excluding the Yeoncheon route, which is currently under maintenance. In line with the government's step-by-step daily recovery policy, the opening will be promoted to comfort residents tired of COVID-19 and help restore shrinking local tourism.
The Gimpo section is a total of 47km, consisting of courses such as Siam-ri Iron Trail and Aegibong Peace Ecological Park. The Aegibong Peace Ecological Park Observatory, which opened on the 7th of last month, offers a view of Shenzhen Village and Songaksan Mountain in Gaepung-gun, North Korea.
The Goyang section is a total of 29.5km course, passing through Haengjusanseong Historical Park, Haengju Ferry, Janghang Wetland Observatory, and Tongilchon Gunmaksa Temple. Various animals and plants can be observed in the Janghang Wetland search zone. The Paju section is a total of 10.7km and consists of courses such as Tongil Bridge, Dora Observatory, Tongmun, and demolition Zippy (GP, Surveillance Post). From the Dora Observatory, you can see Bukgaeseong Industrial Complex, Gijeong-dong Village, Songaksan Mountain, and downtown Kaesong. In this opening, Imjingak, The 1.4km walking section of the Unification Bridge was excluded to protect migratory birds.
All theme routes to be opened this time are free. Those who wish to visit can make a reservation online through the official website of the Korea Tourism Organization's DMZ Peace Road (www.dmzwalk.com) or the walking tour information provision application Durunubi.
For the safety of tourists, it is divided into walking sections and vehicle movement sections, and is only available to those who have completed vaccination and those who have tested negative for gene amplification (PCR) within three days of their visit. In addition, thorough quarantine will be carried out at all sites, including the provision of quarantine supplies, guidance on mandatory wearing of masks, and regular disinfection of driving vehicles.
The DMG Peace Road consists of a total of 10 routes in the 526km section from Ganghwa-gun, Incheon to Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do. The government previously piloted Paju, Cheorwon, and Goseong theme routes in April 2019, but stopped operating in the aftermath of the African swine fever (ASF) in September of that year and the spread of COVID-19. Along with Gimpo, Goyang, and Paju routes, Ganghwa, Hwacheon, Yanggu, and Goseong routes will also open at the same time from the 20th of this month.