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DMZ Tour (5.4)

DMZ Tour on May 4 (Friday), 2012


Meeting Time & Place:7:30 AM, Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station Exit 1 (outside)


And we will walk to the parking lot of the Central Government Complex to get on the bus (5-10 min ).  

Please be on time!



Meeting Place :  (see the attachment)


DMZ Tour will be guided by Visiting Professor Jongsik Um who is now teaching <Unification Policy> at SNU-GSPA during Spring Semester 2012.


Professor Jongsik Um

Graduated from Graduate School of Public Administration, Seoul National University

Took various critical positions in the Korea Central Government and Executive Office of the

President of Korea such as Vice Minister of Unification (Mar 2010 ~ Oct 2011), Director of South-North Dialogue (May 2009 ~ Mar 2010), Presidential Secretary for Foreign Affairs and National Security

(Feb 2008 ~ Feb 2009), Foreign Affairs and Unification and National Security Committee Staff of Presidency Transition Team (Jan 2008 Feb 2008)


DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)


The DMZ and the cease-fire line was established in July 1953 as a result of the Korean War that started in 1950

as well as an effort of the US and then Soviet Union to disarm Japan by separating the Korean peninsula into two parts along the 38th parallel line.


The cease-fire line is a separation line for front what was established on 27th May, 1953, following up the Armistice Agreement, signed between the commander of the UN forces, the commander of the Chinese People’s Army,

and the commander of the North Korean People’s Army. It is stated on Article 1 and Clause 1 of the Armistice Agreement that both party will establish a single military demarcation line to secure the demilitarized zone by

mutually retreating 2 km from both party. The ‘cease-fire line’ indicates the ‘Military Demarcation Line’.

Unlike the DMZ which was agreed upon by both parties, the ‘civilian off-limit line’ was established from an independent decision of South Korea. The civilian off-limit line indicates the boundary line whose locations vary between 5 to 20m south of the southern boundary of the DMZ. The purpose is to control the civilian access into the hazardous area

near the DMZ, to prevent the civilians from being exposed to a dangerous situation, to prevent information leakage

and to protect military facilities.


The area between the southern boundary of the DMZ and the civilian off-limit line can be classified as an area which was borne as an offspring from the MDL and thus dividing the peninsula, and an area where the civilian lives are strictly under control and the development is limited, and also an area the nature maintains its pure state thanks to the restriction on the public access.


The civilian off-limit area is where freedoms of inhabitation, movement, choice of occupation, and ownership of personal property are highly restricted and thus civilian entrances are allowed only within limited scope.



Facts to be observed by Panmunjom Visitors:


Panmunjom Tours are provided to help people better understand the current situations divided Korean Peninsula othe of security education. Also Panmunjom, being in the area of the South-North Korea border line, has the potential of hazardous accidents. So please pay attention and observe the following facts.


1.      No tour after more than 10 minutes of delay.

2.      Keep proper dress code: no jeans of any style, short pants, T-shirts (tops) without sleeve,

     slippers and sandals.

3.      Bring passport and no consumption of any drink in alcoholic nature prior to tour.

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