Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

From US$ 45 per person

Experience the extraordinary Korean Demilitarized Zone on the South Korean side, and learn about the war between the North and South and how the demilitarized strip of land came about. Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory.

About this activity

Free cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance to receive a full refund
COVID-19 precautions
Special health and safety measures apply. Learn more
Small group
Limited to 5 participants
Mobile ticketing
Use your phone or print your voucher
Duration: 6 - 9 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Korean
Pickup optional
Pick-up from centrally-located hotels in Seoul. If your hotel/guesthouse is difficult to access or not centrally-located, the guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.

Experience

Itinerary

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6.000000 - 6.000000 hours
  • Seoul

  • 1.0 hour
  • Ganghwa Island (guided tour)

  • 1.0 hour
  • Imjingak (free time)

  • 1.0 hour
  • Seoul

  • Seoul (lunch)

    • Optional
  • Myeongdong (shooting experience)

    • Optional
Meeting point
Main stop
Other stop
End point
Highlights
  • Explore the extraordinary Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea
  • Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory
  • Experience one of the world's most unusual tourism destinations
  • Select the option to enjoy Korean style lunch and real shooting experience.
Full description
Depart Seoul and journey to one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Created by the Korean Armistice Agreements of July 27, 1953, the 155-mile long military demarcation line (MDL) has a 2-kilometer wide demilitarized zone on each side. Your first stop is Ganghwa Peace Observatory, where you can have the closest and most clear look at North Korean farmlands. Walk around rather untouched paths, enclosed by barbed wires and stop by at 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park where you can learn about the tragic history of Korean War. Close your eyes and take a moment to think about their sacrifices. Later, travel to Imjingak Park, a part of Paju DMZ, where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Discover the Bridge of Freedom used by repatriated POWs and soldiers. At the end of the tour, arrive back to Seoul by 2:40 PM.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Hotel pickup from centrally located Seoul hotels
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Shooting experience (if option selected)
  • Hotel drop-off
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Meeting point

Meeting point varies depending on option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport

Know before you go

  • Due to COVID-19 measures, the places visited will be Imjingak Park, Bridge of Freedom, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, and Dorasan Station
  • During any pandemic situation, visiting some places may be prohibited by the government or military
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be cancelled without prior notice
  • Tour not available on national holidays
  • Tour open to all tourists. No country restrictions, age limits or dress codes apply
  • The schedule may be subject to change due to the weather and military reasons. A refund will not be offered. Instead, you will visit: Imjingak, Art Space BEAT 131, Odusan Unification Observatory, War Memorial of Korea, City Hall or Myeongdong
  • The local partner reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. In this case, you will not be entitled to a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 1239 reviews

Review summary

  • Service
    4.6 / 5
  • Organization
    4.6 / 5
  • Value for money
    4.4 / 5
  • Safety
    4.8 / 5
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I would recommend this tour. The female guide was very dedicated, informative and friendly. Even though I couldn't understand everything all the time I still learned something new. There were 3 stops and you always had like 10-15 minutes for yourself which were more than enough for me. So, if your are in Seoul you should visit the DMZ.

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February 21, 2020

Although the DMZ is officially closed at the moment due to swine flu, we visited a few other sites nearby which really helped convey the history and the current situation, whilst the final stop at the Peace Observatory gave hope for unification in the future. The guide was brilliant and gave lots of information and was very approachable if we had any other questions.

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February 15, 2020

Since the DMZ was closed due to the African Swine Flu, we did the alternative itinerary. Despite being the “next best thing”, I found it to be very informative and our guide, Yura, was very knowledgeable. I learned quite a bit about the history of the Korean War and the current sentiment of the Korean people. The highlight was being able to see and observe North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory. I can only image what the original tour would have been like and be at the actual DMZ but I was still satisfied with this half day experience. My only feedback would be that the bus could have come with a sound system and microphone for the tour guide. Yura did her best and did ask if she needed to speak up but there were times when the bus was moving that the engine made it difficult to hear. Otherwise, I’d recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about the DMZ.

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February 12, 2020

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