South Korea to open 10 trails near DMZ for visitors next month

SEOUL, Apr 30: Ten peace-themed trails near the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), separating the two Koreas, will open to the public in mid-May, South Korean government said Tuesday.

The trails are located across border towns and cities in the provinces of Gyeonggi and Gangwon, as well as the western border island of Gangwha, according to Yonhap news agency citing the defence and culture ministries.

The trails are set to open May 13. Visitors can sign up for trips on the government-run website ( and mobile app Durunubi, according to the ministries.

The DMZ, which is about 250 kilometres long and 4 kilometres wide, is one of the world’s most heavily fortified borders, with the rival Koreas technically in a state of conflict, as the 1950-53 Korean War ended in a truce, not a peace treaty.