Paju Observatory to Be Moved to Better Site

      March 07, 2016 12:46

      The observatory at Dorasan railway terminal in the demilitarized zone will be moved to a site where it offers a better view of North Korea.

      Paju in Gyeonggi Province on Sunday said the observatory is old and can no longer accommodate the 800,000 visitors who come every year.

      The city will spend W8 billion on a new observatory at the top of Mt. Dorasan about 160 m northeast of the current location (US$1=W1,207).

      An artist's impression of a new observatory to be built in Paju, Gyeonggi Province

      The current observatory measures just 803 sq.m and was completed by the Defense Ministry in 1986. It has a hall with capacity of 500 seats and observatory points with telescopes.

      The new facility will measure nearly 3,000 sq.m. Construction will start in July aiming for completion at the end of next year.

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