This is not an entrance to a mountain. It is a departure point for the Dutayeon Valley which is located on South Korea’s civilian access control line. This is the nation’s biggest home to the Manchurian trout and it also has a wonderful natural environment. Since it is now open to the public, numerous citizens can enjoy its treasure trove of wildlife.
Once entering the valley, however, you see countless minefields. Why? It is near North Korea. Dutayeon is only 32 kilometers from Mt. Geumgang in the communist North. People cannot travel north beyond the boundary of the valley where the beautiful mountain exists. When can we freely appreciate the forbidden scenery by taking the Dutayeon road?