December 04, 2020 12:29
A hiking trail to the demilitarized zone in Paju, Gyeonggi Province has reopened after over a year of closure, the provincial government said on Thursday.
Three hiking trails to the DMZ opened last year to allow civilians to look around the area but were soon closed when African swine fever broke out in North Korea.
The 21-km trail in Paju starts from Imjingak Pavilion and leads to a demolished guard post. It takes about three hours, and visitors travel with two guides on a 25-seater bus.
But due to coronavirus fears, the number of visitors was reduced from 20 to 10 at a time. They must install a self-diagnosis app on their mobile phones, undergo temperature checks and wear masks.
"We expect the reopening of the trail will revive the local economy," Paju Mayor Choi Jong-hwan said.
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