Hiking Trails Are Opening in the Demilitarized Zone Between North and South Korea
If you’re tired of hiking mundane forest trails in the state park near your house, this new hike could be the perfect way to shake up your routine. Last week, South Korea approved a $3.9 million budget to build hiking trails in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between the two Koreas.
The DMZ, about 155 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, is one of the most heavily fortified borders in the world. The project is an attempt by the two nations to convert the area into a zone designated for peaceful activity.
Three trails are slated to be built in Paju, Cheorwon, and Goseong, respectively, on the western, central, and eastern parts of the border. The Goseong trail will be the first to open, and available to tourists from late April on a test run. Local municipalities will be tasked with using the approved money to install toilets, security cameras, and purchase safety equipment for hikers. Protecting the environment is also purported to be a top priority during trail construction, with already existing natural routes being used as much as possible.
The trail is expected to be perfectly safe, though given its proximity to hostile North Korea, hikers might be a little on edge.
H/T: Lonely Planet