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Paju section of DMZ Peace Trail to open on August 10

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Paju section of DMZ Peace Trail to open on August 10
- Application acceptance begins July 26 -

July 26, 2019

The ROK Government announced that the Paju section of the DMZ Peace Trail will be open to the public starting August 10.
 
The Paju section will be the third such opening following the Goseong section on April 27 and the Cheorwon section on June 1. It will be the first time opening an area where a Guard Post (GP) was removed from the DMZ in accordance with the 「2018 Agreement on the Implementation of the Historic Panmunjeom Declaration in the Military Domain」.
 
The South and the North, in efforts to transform the DMZ into a peace zone, agreed to withdraw 11 GPs from the DMZ on a trial basis. The two Koreas accordingly removed 10 GPs and preserved one GP. The GP in Paju was one of those removed. The ROKG hopes the general public can feel for themselves the progressing peace process on the Korean Peninsula through the opening of the DMZ Peace Trail in Paju.
 
South Korean nationals who wish to walk the new peace trail can apply from July 26 through the Korea Tourism Organization (www.durunubi.kr) or the Ministry of the Interior and Safety (www.dmz.go.kr) on a preferred date. The final participants will be selected by a raffle, and the results will be posted on the website and delivered to those selected via mobile text messages.
 
The program will run twice a day and five days a week (closed Mondays and Thursdays), and each round will consist of a group of 20 persons.

Facilities and memorials that show traces of the Korean War can easily be found in the Paju DMZ Peace Trail. A steam locomotive (train), which has been left derelict for more than half a century after being bombarded during the war, is displayed at Imjingak. Visitors can also see a bombed old township office of Jangdan past the gate to the DMZ Peace Trail and near the site of the removed GP.

Before the opening of the Paju section, the Government will conduct an ecological survey of the area with experts in topology, vegetation, flora, and fauna from July 26 to 27. After the opening, unmanned equipment will be installed to observe changes in the ecosystem. Furthermore, the Government will conduct surveys of the east-west section of the DMZ Peace Trail (Ganghwa, Incheon - Goseong, Gangwon; 456km) by the end of the year and establish regional bases by 2022, with the objective of promoting the DMZ Peace Trail as a global attraction.