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DMZ Walks: Hiking Trails Open Along South and North Korean Border

The new 'peace trail' follows the heavily armed Demilitarized Zone 

DMZ Walks: Hiking Trails Open Along South and North Korean Border
Across the DMZ between North and South Korea. Image by Nigel Killeen/Getty Images

A series of hiking routes have opened along one of the world’s most dangerous borders.

The South Korean “peace trail” follows the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 2.5-mile-wide stretch of land that separates the republic with North Korea.

The government-organised trail will open in three areas along the 160-mile-long border, in the counties of Goseong-gun and Cheorwon-gun in Gangwon-do province and Paju in Gyeonggi-do province.

The first approved trail, which is 2km long, has opened in Goseong-gun in eastern South Korea. It will take hikers from the Unification Observatory to Mount Kumgang Observatory.

Hikers will walk along barbed-wire fences that mark the start of the no man’s land between the two countries.

by Cathy Adams

This article first appeared on http://www.independent.co.uk. The original can be read here.

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