When you are in Seoul and you are looking for places to visit, you will be led to Gyeonggi-do in one way or another because of the various experiences that the province has to offer.
Visit the DMZ, Everland, Songam Space Center, and Gapyeong Rail Park in Gyeonggi-do when you visit South Korea!
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Visit the historic DMZ, the border barrier which was created to divide North and South Korea after both parties declared a truce to end the Korean war.
Quite ironic but you can also witness “one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world” beyond the DMZ.
You can ride the DMZ Peace Train to stop at Dorasan Station, Dorasan Peace Park, Dora Observatory, The 3rd Tunnel, and the Unification Platform along the military demarcation line for a roundtrip from Seoul in one day.
How to Go to the Korean Demilitarized Zone
Take the DMZ Peace Train from Yongsan Station or Seoul Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 4, & AREX). Reserve at www.letskorail.com.
By Joining a Group Tour:
Participate in the required DMZ Peace & Security Tourist Program before entering Dora Observatory for an overlooking view of part of North Korea from this northernmost part of the Military Demarcation Line.
How to Go to the Dora Observatory
- Take the train from Munsan Station (Gyeongui-Jungang Line) to Imjingang Station.
- Take the shuttle bus from Imjingak to Dora Observatory.
The 3rd Tunnel (Dorasan Observatory)
Walk through the 1.6-km 3rd Tunnel, said to be an infiltration tunnel built by North Korea and discovered only in 1978, where 30,000 soldiers can mobilize in an hour!
How to Go to The 3rd Tunnel
- Take Bus No. 909 from Seoul Station and get off at Munsan Jongjeom Bus Stop.
- Take Bus No. 058 at Munsan Jongjeom Bus Stop and get off at Imjingak Resort Bus Stop.
Gapyeong Rail Park
Railbike through Gapyeongcheon Stream Iron Bridge, Bukhanggang Iron Bridge and Zelkova Tree Tunnel along an old railroad track for a good exercise and a beautiful view of the river at Gapyeong Rail Park.
How to Go to Gapyeong Rail Park
Take the intercity bus from Dong Seoul Bus Terminal to Gapyeong Intercity Bus Terminal.
By Booking a Day Trip:
Ride the T-Express for one of the world’s steepest wooden rollercoaster, get close encounters with a meerkat, pandas, and more at Zootopia and with wild animals as you ride the amphibious car at the Lost Valley Safari World, watch live shows, walk around the beautiful gardens and more at Everland.
You can book your ticket online here.
How to Go to Everland
- Take the train to Jeondae-Everland Station (Yongin EverLine) and take Exit 3.
- Take the shuttle bus to Everland.
By Booking a Roundtrip Shuttle Bus:
Songam Space Center
Take a closer and clearer view of the stars even during the day and enjoy learning or rekindling your interest as you visit the Challenger Learning Center, Digital Planetarium, and Star House at Songam Space Center.
How to Go to Songam Space Center
- Take the train to Gupabal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3). Take Exit 1.
- Take Bus 7023 or 360 and get off at Jangheung Nonghyup.
- Take Bus 15 or 15-1 from Jangheung Nonghyup and get off at Jangheung Tourist Site.
Heading to South Korea or Gyeonggi-do soon? Which ones will you visit first? 🙂
Natasha was a full-time banker who got to take a breather when she traveled. She loves the outdoors so much. She is currently in the UK pursuing postgraduate studies!