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From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector

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83 reviews

Activity provider: Cosmojin Tour Consulting
Day trip

From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector

Activity provider: Cosmojin Tour Consulting
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From US$ 62 US$ 55.80 per person

Experience the past, present, and future on this tour of the DMZ and surrounding areas. Explore military areas and artifacts of the Korean War with your guide and see the North Korean 3rd Tunnel.

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Duration 7 hours
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Live tour guide
English, Korean
Pickup optional
Your hotel in Seoul


  • Learn more about the only divided nations in the world, South and North Korea
  • Go down the 3rd tunnel, built by North Korea to invade the South
  • See the Dora Observatory and the Dorasan Station and hear about unification
  • Discover North Korea from a defector's point of view (optional add-on)
Full description

See the reality of the most divided nation in the world, the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone). Enter the restricted DMZ zone with your guide and gain access to key sights inside the DMZ on this guided tour from Seoul. See the Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and more.

See key areas of security tourism, including the Third Tunnel built for invasion by North Korea, Dora Observatory where you can see North Korea, and Dorasan Station, a wish for unification.

Recent news about the end-of-war declaration means that if you don’t take this opportunity to see the DMZ, you might miss out. Choose to add an optional session to get a North Korean defector to join your tour to learn about their story and an insider's view of their country.

  • Guided DMZ Tour
  • Transportation via bus
  • Entry tickets
  • Hotel pickup (depending on option selected)
  • North Korean Defector to join (optional)
  • Personal expenses
Not suitable for
  • Wheelchair users

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Meeting point

Meet your guide at: Lobby, 1/F, President Hotel, near Seoul City Hall.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Passport

Not allowed

  • Unaccompanied minors

Know before you go

  • Sneakers are required for your safety
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • This tour is not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
Customer reviews

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4.4 /5

based on 83 reviews

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It was very informative and excellent tour of the DMZ and our tour guide Ron is very knowledgeable. Even though the walk out of the tunnel was hard and it might not suit poeple who are tall, but exploring the 3rd tunnel was so interesting. Looking at North Korea from Dorasan Obervatory was amazing. I was surprised that the distance between two Koreas was so close than my expectation. It was a pity the tension continued and awkward to see the photos of the leaders of South Korea and the Unites States shaking hands with North Korean leader Kim Jeongen at the enterance of the observatory. Fortunately we could see some north Koreans and North Korean soldiers through the telescope. The ice crea made of beans, a local specialty in Tongilchon, is worth a taste. Overall though I enjoyed the tour and would say that it was very value for money.

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March 8, 2023

The sightseeing and tour activities get five stars. The third tunnel, which also has a "museum" that I didn't even have time to see, was a touch short on time, so I only awarded the time allocated for the places 4 stars overall. I like listening to tales as a person. Our tour guide Belle gets a solid four stars. did, but not a lot, tell tales of the battle or the DMZ. I read accounts of a different vacation with Vcosmojin Eva, who shared stories the whole time. The tale of the founding of Hyundai is intriguing. But DMZ is a wonderful thing to partake in if you're in Seoul. I'm in a cloudy environment there. cannot see North Korea clearly " Definitely going to attend again when I go back to Korea! My tour guide, Jinny, was really nice and informative, and the pick-up and transportation were simple and comfortable (I even got a great sleep). Even though I went alone, it was still a wonderful experience. I'm already looking forward to my next trip! I'm grateful for the enjoyable tour.

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March 7, 2023

incredible tour and Ron was an excellent tour guide. He gave us a very sincere explanation based on his own experiences and his thiughts about both siuth and north korean was impressive. tour was ok overall there was not much time ti gi inti DMZ and take in Northkorea infrom a distanxe. in face the tour had a few moments when it seemd rushed. the next step is to visit one of covert infiltration tunnel which is a great experience. before being transported back to Seoul's core business area myungdon, I was nervour a bit bit every thing was fine. Orice.. I think its little bit expensive vut it was a great oppurtunity. Very carefully olanned and explained from the begginning. Ron provided us with wonderful csre

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March 6, 2023

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