When it comes to visiting the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), most people picture the Joint Security Area, the blue buildings where South Korean and North Korean soldiers stare each other down with a border between them. That’s not the only place that tourists can visit though. A place that might be even more interesting is the former American military base known as Camp Greaves, which is now an arts and culture complex.
From Imjingak in Paju, show your passport, and take a ride on the DMZ Gondola across a river to enter the civilian control zone and find this unique museum. The base contains various structures with a variety of American architectural styles from 1950s to the 1990s. After the unit that had been stationed there was relocated in 2004, Camp Greaves became a complex of art, culture, and history through the DMZ Peace Platform Project.
Bunkers and the on-site bowling alley have been converted into artistic installations that showcase the history of the area and a look toward peace and what a possible reunification on the peninsula would look like. It’s a site that visitors looking to see more of the civilian control zone and DMZ can visit without a reservation.
Know Before You Go
Passports are required to take the DMZ Gondola into the Civilian Control Zone. DMZ Gondola Information: Address: 148-73 Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eub, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-73) Hours: Weekdays: 10:00am ~ 6:00pm; Weekends: 9:00am ~ 6:00pm Admission: W7,000 ~ W14,000 (Price depends on whether you choose the glass bottom or the regular.)