"NOT THE LAST STATION FROM THE SOUTH,
BUT THE FIRST STATION TOWARD THE NORTH."
A South-North Declaration made by the two Koreas on June 15, 2000, led to an effort to extend the Gyeongui Train Line to reconnect provinces in the South and North. Southern passenger service was extended to Dorasan in the DMZ, and tracks were built across the DMZ itself. In October 2004, the tracks were extended further from Dorasan to Kaesong in North Korea.
On May 17, 2007, the first train since the Korean War, carrying North and South Korean delegations, traveled from Munsan in the South to Kaesong in the North. Unfortunately, events like this are rare. South Korean trains do not usually cross from Dorasan to Kaesong. Dorasan still is the last destination.
For the average commuter, the KTX in South Korea runs from Busan and goes no further than Seoul Station, although the tracks themselves run just short of Pyongyang into Gaeseong, North Korea.
Every year, thousands of domestic and foreign tourists tour this site although the train station is otherwise empty with one lonely employee behind the ticket counter. A commemorative ticket into North Korea can be bought at the counter for 500 Won (about 48 US cents) and anyone buying a ticket is able to pass through the turnstiles onto the tracks outside.
Also, ticket buyers can have their passport stamped with the North Korean stamp.
U.S. President George W. Bush visited it on Feb. 20, 2002 and gave a speech at the station.
The symbolic importance that Dorasan holds has made it special and worth visiting. Dorasan represents hope for millions of South Koreans who believe in the unification of South and North Korea.
Dorasan is a symbol of the pain and suffering normal people go through when a country faces the tragedy of partition and is a hope for the reunions of Korean families split by the North and South Korean borders.