Dorasan Station

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Dorasan Station
Dorasan station.jpg
The entrance to Dorasan Station
Korean name
Hangul 도라산역
Hanja
Revised Romanization Dorasannyeok
McCune–Reischauer Torasannyŏk
General information
Location Nosang-ri, Jangdan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi Province
South Korea
Coordinates 37°53′55″N 126°42′36″E / 37.898715°N 126.710075°E / 37.898715; 126.710075Coordinates: 37°53′55″N 126°42′36″E / 37.898715°N 126.710075°E / 37.898715; 126.710075
Operated by Korail
Line(s) Gyeongui Line, Pyongbu Line
Platforms 2 (2 side platforms) (1 not in use)
Tracks 2 (1 not in use)
Construction
Structure type Surface
History
Opened April 11, 2002 (Southern tracks), December 11, 2007 (Northern tracks)
Electrified Yes

Dorasan Station is a railway station situated on the Gyeongui Line, which used to connect North Korea and South Korea and has since been restored. Dorasan Station is located approximately 650 meters (710 yards) from the southern boundary of the Korean Demilitarized Zone and is currently the northern terminus of Korail's Gyeongui Line, which is served by Tonggeun commuter trains. North of here the former Gyeongui Line continues as the Korean State Railway's P'yŏngbu Line, but this connection is not in regular service. The current purpose of the station is largely symbolic of the hope for eventual Korean reunification.

History[edit]

On December 11, 2007, freight trains began traveling north past Dorasan Station into North Korea, taking materials to the Kaesong Industrial Region, and returning with finished goods. It was scheduled to make one 16-kilometer (9.9 mi) trip every weekday.[1]

On December 1, 2008, however, the North Korean government closed the border crossing after accusing South Korea of a confrontational policy.[2] This coincided with the South Korean legislative election, 2008, and a change to a more conservative government. After that it was opened and closed again repeatedly, with the most recent reopening having been on 16 September 2013.[3]

Train services[edit]

The station is currently served by four daily trains from Seoul, which are used mostly by tourists.[4]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Dorasan Station at Wikimedia Commons

Preceding station   Korail   Following station
Imjingang
toward Seoul
  Gyeongui Line
DMZ-train
  Terminus
Preceding station   Korean State Railway   Following station
via MDL
toward P'yŏngyang
P'yŏngbu Line
Not in regular service
Terminus