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All Aboard the DMZ Train

Dorasan Station could one day become a stop on a proposed Trans-Asian Railway. Until then, the sorely underused stop is a reminder of ongoing tension between North and South Korea.
In stark contrast to the drab DMZ, the DMZ Train’s interior is covered in colorful graphics.
In stark contrast to the drab DMZ, the DMZ Train’s interior is covered in colorful graphics.Keith Barry

The DMZ Train departs Seoul’s Yongsan Station at 10:08 a.m. on track 8.

Running since 2014, the train takes tourists along the southern half of the Gyeongui Line, which once carried passengers and freight across the Korean peninsula. Today, the train’s final stop is Dorasan Station, 35 miles away from central Seoul.