Located about 50 kilometers north of Seoul on the Tongil-ro Highway.
Panmunjeom. World focus has drdfted to and from this former small
farming town throughout the years. The traditional invasion route
has brought Chinese warriors, Japanese Samurai, Mongols and Manchus
to travel through this area. During the Korean War a parachute
operation was conducted at Munsan-ri, not far from Panmunjeom. the
area to the north was part of the operational area for the Hwanghae-do
guerrillas who waged unconventional war against the communists during
and for a few years after the Korean War. Panmunjeom is also the site
of the Armistice which ended the fighting of the Korean War.
Since the signing of the Armistice (July 27, 1953), Panmunjeom has
been the location where north meets south to discuss military,
economic, and political problems. Red Cross representatives, Olympic
officials, economic advisors as well as military negotiators have
convened meetings at Panmunjeom in an attempt to keep the peace and
reunite the peninsula.
Over 60,000 visit Panmunjeom each year to get an eye witness view
of this important area.
South of the main conference room of Panmunjeom stands the Freedom
House, jointly guarded by the U.N. forces and ROK army. Foreigners
should carry a passport to visit this area, and tours can be arranged
only through the Korea Travel Bureau. If Korean nationals want a tour
of Panmunjeom, they must fill in an Identificaion Reference on the
prescribed form and submit it to the Tourist Regulation Department of
the 8th U.S. Army Military Armistice Commission. Only a party of an
legal organization can be admitted to visit Panmunjeom.
*Information: Dialogue Office of the Unification Ministry (02-735-4845)
Type (Term./Sta.) To Hours Frequency Duration
(Seat bus) Bulgwang bus Terminal Munsan 15mins. 50mins.
" Imjingak 20mins.
(Train) Seoul Sta. Munsan Sta. 1hrs. 1hrs.10mins.
Nearby tourist spots: Palgakjeong Pavilion, Monument to the US
Participation in the Korean War (7 km),
Imjingak (7 km), Hwaseokjeong Pavilion (15 km)