3 years and 1 month after the outbreak of the Korean War, The United Nations, the North Korean Army, and the Chinese Army signed an armistice agreement on July 27th, 1953, which in turn established a 155-mile (approximately 248 kilometers) military demarcation line from the mouth of the Imjin River to the east coast of Goseong city based in Gangwon Province. This 2-kilometer wide area was set as the demilitarized zone for North and South Korea.
The DMZ used to symbolize the tragedy and sufferings of the past, but is now globally recognized as a land of peace and coexistence in an era of exchange and cooperation.
The DMZ, which has been severely damaged by war and military confrontation, has been restored as a unique ecosystem with precious resources by the support of long-term, strict regulations and control. It is now valued as a global ecological region signifying nature’s ability to recover.
Furthermore, the DMZ is attracting worldwide attention as an eco-tourism destination abundant in history and educational learning. The viewer will be able to notice not only the observatory that towers high above the ground, broken railways once used, abandoned buildings broken down to ruins, old scars and wounds that have accumulated throughout the years, but also new land symbolizing hope rising above the ashes of painful memories of history.