Imjingak is a park located at Paju, South Korea. We were able to visit this place through our DMZ tour. It has a lot of remants such as statues, monuments, warcrafts and many more from the Korean war. The main purpose of the park is to provide a place for those who were not able to go home due to the division of Korea.
What to do at Imjingak Resort (파주 임진각)
Visit the following places
- Mangbaedan Alter
- Bridge of Freedom
- Gyeongui Train Line
The Mangbaedan Alter is where traditional rites and ceremonies are performed such as New Year’s bow and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) by Koreans that were separated from their families in the North.
It must have been so hard for those who still visit this place and remember their families in the North, not knowing if they’re doing well or living a happy life.
Bridge of Freedom
This is the wooden bridge once connected to the main Freedom Bridge. It was once used by Korean soldiers returning from war. Today, the railings looks different and not made from wood any more.
Song of Homesickness (망향의 노래비)
This area is particularly special because it constantly plays a song. I didn’t know what this was about when I first visited, but upon research, it’s a song is about the pain of being separated from their families in the North. You should definitely try to just stand there for a few minutes and listen, even if you can’t understand the lyrics.
Gyeongui Train Line
This train Line that was damaged during the Korean War, but is under reconstruction since 2000. Beside this train tracks are ribbons with heartfelt messages from South Koreans who had to be parted with their North Korean family members due to the Korean war.
About Imjingak Resort
148-53, Imjingak-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-53 (문산읍)