National Institute of Ecology Special Exhibition, 'DMZ Eco Story'

Take a moment to think about the vitality and meaning of the nature in the DMZ that overcame destruction from the war

The Korean War that broke out on June 25, 1950, finally ended in a ceasefire on July 27, 1953, after leaving heavy destruction. After 70 years, the DMZ (demilitarized zone) between South and North Korea has become an ecological treasure chest. Special Exhibit talks about the story of the DMZ ecology that overcame the damages of war to return to its natural state, symbolizing peace and being reborn as a land of life.

Time stopped in the DMZ

DMZ stands for 'demilitarized zone' and refers to an area agreed upon not to install troops or weapons to prevent war from breaking out again. Korea's DMZ spans an area of 162 square miles (419 km2), which is 42% of the land area of Seoul, and the surrounding DMZ area is 601 square miles (1,557 km2), being about 2.6 times the size of Seoul.

DMZ, the ecological treasure chest

It has been found that a total of 6,168 wildlife species in eight areas such as plants, mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, freshwater fish, benthic macroinvertebrates, and spiders live in the DMZ area. In particular, of the 267 endangered species of Korea, 102 (38%) of them live in the DMZ. 

DMZ Expedition

The National Institute of Ecology continuously surveys and researches the ecosystem of the DMZ region. Such accumulated data are utilized to identify changes in the ecosystem and biology of the DMZ and civilian access control line and to establish systematic policies for preserving and using the ecosystem.

Land of life and peace, DMZ

The DMZ is an ecological site filled with vitality where wild animals and plants live freely. Therefore, we must know the ecological value of the DMZ and search for ways to use it wisely and achieve sustainable development in which humans and nature can coexist.

Outdoor DMZ Exhibition Garden

The exhibition continues to the Outdoor DMZ Exhibition Garden where visitors can have the experience as if being in the DMZ. Once you pass the barbed wires, you can see the DMZ restored completely as if it were free from human interference, or look at traces of war and  plants in the DMZ.

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