Another Hiking Trail Opens Near N.Korean Border

  • By Kim Hyo-in

    May 21, 2019 13:09

    A new hiking trail has opened in the demilitarized zone dividing the two Koreas.

    The trail in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province was opened on Monday, the second after a trail in Goseong, Gangwon Province that opened to the public on April 27.

    The trails were set up as part of an agreement between the two Koreas in September last year, and those interested in walking the routes need to apply for entry passes.

    A trail runs along the barbed-wire fences of the demilitarized zone in Cheorwon, Gangwon Province. /Courtesy of Cheorwon County

    The new trail is only open to 20 hikers at a time twice a day except Tuesdays and Thursdays.

    Anyone interested can sign up for a tour online at www.durunubi.kr or www.dmz.go.kr, and tickets are given out by lottery.

    The government has promised to ensure the safety of hikers and the preservation of the ecosystem along the trails, which has flourished because the area was for so long off-limits to people. The trail may be closed from October to March, when red-crowned cranes nest in the area.

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