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Day 1. August 28 (Wed.) : DMZ Site Visit: Making Peace at the Site of the Korean Division
Day 2. August 29 (Thu.) : International Forum and Parallel Sessions
DMZ Site Visit
: Making Peace at the Site of the Korean Division
|Date & Time
||August 28 (Wed.), 08:00 – 16:00
||Odusan Unification Tower, Imjingak, Panmunjeom , DMZ: Demilitarized Zone
||“We are PEACE MAKERS!”
|08:00 - 09:00 (60’)
||Move to Paju
|09:00 - 10:00 (60’)
||Odusan Unification Tower
|10:00 - 11:40 (100’)
||Imjingak & Dokgae Bridge
|11:40 - 13:30 (110’)
||Welcome Event & Luncheon
|13:30 - 16:00 (90’)
||Panmunjeom & DMZ: Demilitarized Zone
|16:00 - 17:30 (90’)
||Move to Seoul
|Welcome Dinner (Invited Only) ㅣ Lotte Hotel Seoul, 2F Crystal Ballroom
|18:30 – 20:30 (120’)
- SEONG Kyung Ryung
- Chair of the Organizing Committee for the DMZ International Forum on the Peace Economy, Chairman of the National Research Council for Economics, Humanities and Social Sciences, Republic of Korea
- PARK Won Soon
- Mayor of Seoul Metropolitan Government, Republic of Korea
- Lee In-Young
- Member of the National Assembly (Floor Leader of Democratic Party), Republic of Korea
Introduction of Visit Place
Odusan Unification Tower
The Odusan Unification Tower was opened in Sep. 8, 1992 to console the 10 million people who lost their hometowns during the Korean war. As of the end of 2016 more than 19 million international and domestic guests have visited the Tower to witness the state of division on the Korean Peninsula in person.
The tower was built to inform the public about the tragic reality of division on the Peninsula, one of the last remaining relics of the Cold War, and to convey the Korean people’s fervent wishes for peaceful unification under a liberal democracy.
The Imjingak Resort Park is located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, at the forefront of tourism sites commemorating the Korean War. The three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, such as Unification Park and North Korea Center.
In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line, which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. It has been under reconstruction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. It is one of the most-frequented DMZ tourist spots for international guests because it can be visited without going through any security check points.
Pyeonghwa Nuri was built as a large grassy park that can accommodate up to 20,000 people.
In the park, visitors can enjoy various performances and a wide range of beverages from the Cafe Annyeong (Hello).
The park also encloses the Life & Candle Light Pavilion, Dolmuji for Korean Reunification, and the Hill of Music.
This new skywalk, built on the Dokgae Bridge, is a historical symbol of the division of Korea and attracts a large number of visitors at the Imjingak. The Dokgae Bridge, which is 105 meters long and 5 meters wide, uses the piers remaining from bombings during the Korean War, reproducing the pre-war railway bridge. The skywalk symbolizes the pains of war and the importance of peace, and is divided into three themes: past, present and future.
The Dokgae Bridge, a reflection of wishes for reunification, is the only tourist site that allows visitors to enjoy the historical and natural scenery of the Civilian Control Zone without extra admission procedures or restrictions on personnel.
Panmunjeom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 km north of Seoul and 10 km east from the city of Gaeseong, a city which now belongs to North Korea. This area is most notably known for the peace talks that were held here on October 25, 1951 and on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed. It is now beyond the jurisdiction of both the North and South.
It is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face. It was the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC).
DMZ: Demilitarized Zone
On July 27, 1953, the Korean War ended with a cease-fire.
The Northern and Southern Limit Lines were created as each side moved their troops back 2 km from the Military Demarcation Line.
The lines reach 248 km in length from Jeongdong-ri, Paju-si to Myeongho-ri, Goseong-gun.
At the present time, an area of 2 km on both the north and south side has been designated as the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone).
The area adjacent to the DMZ is among the most heavily militarized regions in the world.
CCL: Civilian Control Line
On February 1954, the Commander of the U.S. 8th Army established a Civilian Control Line in an area 5 km-20 km south of the truce line for the protection and security of military operations and facilities. Civilian residence, industries or other activities are limited, and civilian trespassing is controlled within the Civilian Control Line.