Paju (ko: 파주시, Paju-Si) is a city in Gyeonggi-do Province in South Korea, and located northwest of the capital city, Seoul. Paju-Si is known as a historical city with a rich background of past events, even some dating back to the ancient era. Today, Paju-Si is a growing city with the population of more than 430,000 citizens, and with a consistent flow of foreign tourists visiting annually.
The city does not have an airport. However, Paju is only a 90 minutes car drive from Seoul. Transportation such as cars, buses, trains and subways are recommended to take from Seoul to Paju.
There are car rentals available in Korea, where cars can be rented for an unlimited time. If the option is renting a car to drive down to Paju, the ride should only take ninety minutes, depending on traffic. Below are some suggestions of places where visitors, tourists and residents can go to rent a car of their choice.
- Seoul Incheon International Airport (ICN) has a car rental at the main arrivals concourse area. This is highly recommended from international tourists. Any questions regarding the car rental can be directed to +8227247084.
- Hertz Nonhyeon-Dong 107-1 car rental is located in the center of Seoul. Any questions regarding Hertz car rental can be directed to +0234438000 or fax to +0263037315.
From the Seoul Subway Line No. 3, take bus No. 200. The bus should take passengers to Odusan Unification Observatory, where passengers should get off at the entry. The first bus leaves Seoul at 7:50 a.m., while the last bus leaves at 11:00p.m for Gyeonggi. This bus ride will take 45 minutes, and will bring passengers straight to Gyeonggi, where Paju city is in.
Another way of getting here is by taking the 2200 from Hapjeong station and getting off at Paju English Village. Then you must transfer to bus 900. Alternatively you can take bus 900 from Geumjeong station on the Gyeonggi line. Make sure to ask the driver if the bus goes in the direction of 'Odusan'.
The final stop for the 900 is where you can disembark, and then board the shuttle bus which will take you up to the observation point. It is more difficult to get here than one would expect.
From Seoul, take the Gyeonggi line and take an hour ride. Get off at Geumchon Station to take the local number, either number 2 or 3. The bus ride should only take 30 minutes. The trip altogether should take ninety minutes. The train and bus rides will take you straight to Gyeonggi, where Paju city is.
See & Do
- Mosan Farm - A famous family attraction for children to learn more about cows. The tour package includes the chance to feed, milk and get a photo with a cow. The children will have the chance to ride a tractor around the farm that was once named Gyoya Farm. Mosan Farm is located at 347 Chukhyeon2-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do. The farm opens at 10:30 to 16:00. Any questions, contact +82-31-942-6480 or visit their website.
- Paju Hwangpo Sailboat was the mode of transportation during the Chosun Dynasty. Today, tourists will have the opportunity to get on the Hwangpo sailboat to enjoy the scenery from the Imjin River Dojiri to Jajangri. The 40 minutes boat ride is 8,000 won (roughly 8USB). The location of the boat ride is at Duji-ri, Jeokseong-Myeon, Paju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 216-5. For additional information on this activity, please call 82-31-958-2557.
- Woonong Ostrich Farm is another family friendly attraction in Paju-Si. The farm will educate children, students and even adults about birds, specifically ostriches. Visitors will have the chance to feed some ostriches, too! Opening hours is from 10:00am to 9:00pm and the farm is also opened over the holidays. Reservations can be made online, with a bonus of a discount. The farm is located at Dongpae-ri, Gyoha-Eup, Paju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 616-3. For more information contact 82-31-948-5630.
- Heyri Art Valley debuts various national artists like writers, painters, architects and musicians. There are over 40 spaces such as museums, exhibitions, concert halls and etc, for tourists to visits the pieces of art. The Heyri Art Valley is opened 24 hours, but generally the museums and exhibitions’ opening hours are from 10:00am to 7:00pm. Keep in mind though; the art valley is closed on Mondays. The address of Heyri Art Valley is 1652 Beopheung-Ri Tanhyeon-Myeon, Paju.
- Odusan Unification Observatory is one of most popular attraction in Paju and the entire nation. The Odusan Unification Observatory gives visitors a clear view of North Korea, as well. Products from North Korea are also sold here. The observatory is closed for the months of December and January but is opened the rest of the year. For any further questions about visiting Odusan Unification Observatory, please fax questions to +82-31-3172.
- Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp is a park for English-learning students, with the streets looking like those in England, grocery stores, gift shops, restaurants, an English pub, theatres, and mock-ups of a city hall, a clinic, a travel agency, a bank, a post office and a police station. Located at 1779 Beopheung-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju.
- Paju Premium Outlets - Simon Property opened Paju's Premium Outlet on March 18th, 2011. The outlet is beautifully designed, with a European feel to it with the fountain and clock tower. It’s recommended to visit to enjoy the beautiful view, especially at night. The outlets is also a great place for shopping with a total of 165 stores. Some include International brands such as Jil Sanders, Tory Burch, Levi, Armani, Calvin Klein and local brands like Time, Mine and Buckaro. Since it’s an outlet, shoppers can easily find sales up to 60 – 80 percent.
Paju-Si is full of restaurants for the residents, visitors and travelers. The restaurants vary from traditional Korean to Japanese, Chinese and even some famous Western food chains such as McDonalds.
- Hao Binh (호아빈). Vietnamese restaurant specializing in Pho noodle soup with beef, but offering other dishes such as fried rice and noodle soups as well. The restaurant also offers vegetarian options.
- Joy’s (조이스) is recognized a national chain of family Korean restaurants whose specialties include meals with ribs, chicken and steaks.
Paju-Si offers a large selection for their tourists to pick from in the city. There are hotels available for all kinds of tourists – tourists looking for the cheapest rooms (budget), a decent and comfortable hotel room (mid-range) or the most luxurious hotel (splurge).
- Hotel Mirage – Recommended for anyone who is looking to rest and rejuvenate. The price of the hotel rooms are roughly $40 (40,000 won), depending on the season. Off season are typically cheaper. Here is the address: Yeaulgok-Ri, Papyeong-Myeon, Paju-Si, Gyeonggi-Do 477-5. Any questions, please feel
- Hotel M – The hotel is conveniently located in the city center. The hotel provides their guests private bathrooms, air-conditioning, refrigerator, high-speed internet access and tea and coffee making facilities to help make your time at Paju-Si a “home-away-from-home”.
- Carlton Hotel – Located at 679-1, Seongdong-ri, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju, 413-841. This hotel is within a walking distance from Heyri Art Village and Gyeonggi English Village Paju Camp.
- Wiz Hotel – Located at 679-4 Sungdong-ri Tanhyun-myun Paju-si Gyeonggi-do , Paju, 413-841. The hotel is conveniently located by numerous tourist attractions such as the Korea History Museum, Paju Unification Dongsan and Provence Village. The hotel also offers various types of rooms from Deluxe to Luxury Suite.
- The Plaza Hotel – This hotel is only recommended if the traveler is planning to visit Paju-Si for a day trip from Seoul. The ride between the two cities is only about 90 minutes. Some of the hotel amenities includes the newspaper sent to your room every morning, satellite television to keep you entertained while you’re inside, a spa and massage to help make your stay a relaxing one and many more. Here is the address of the luxurious hotel: 23 2-ka Taipyung-ro Chung-ku, 100-102, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea.