From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

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From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

From ₩ 85,795 per person

Travel to the demilitarized zone between North and South Korea and feel the weight of history as you explore the hopeful Imjingpak Park, the aggressive infiltration tunnel, and the beautiful Dora Observatory.

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Duration 7 hours
Starting time 7:30 AM
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Live tour guide
English, Korean

Experience

Highlights
  • Tour the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from Seoul for a half-day
  • Enter into the Third Infiltration Tunnel dug by North Korea into the South
  • See North Korea from the Dora Observatory
Full description
After an early-morning pick-up in Seoul, head off to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the strip of land between North and South Korea representative of the decades-long conflict on the peninsula. Your first destination will be Imjingpak Park, situated only 7 km from the Demarcation Line, and built in remembrance of the Korean War and in the hopes of reunification of the peninsula. Visit its observatory, monuments, and the Freedom Bridge, which was used to transport 13,000 prisoners home after the war. Then, visit the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978, an incomplete tunnel built by North Korea into the South. Discovered after a tip-off from a North Korean defector, the tunnel was denounced by the UN as an act of aggression by North Korea - it had reached only 44 km away from the city of Seoul. Descend into history as you explore the tunnel yourself! You can also visit Dora Observatory, from which you will be able to view the Kaesong industrial complex, Kaesong's suburban area, and even Mount Songhaksan, all in North Korea. Lastly, head to Dorasan station, the last station before the DMZ. If or when the peninsula is ever reunited, this will be the first station to connect the two countries - it is therefore a heavily symbolic area. In the afternoon, your tour will end with return transportation to Seoul where you'll be dropped off at City Hall Station (after making a stop at the Ginseng Center on the way back, if option selected).
Includes
  • Transportation
  • English-Speaking tour guide
  • Hotel pick-up
  • Admission fee
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Beverages
COVID-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • Customers must keep distance in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • Customers are required to bring and wear masks
  • Customers must fill out a travel information form
  • Customers will get a mandatory temperature check

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Know before you go

  • The tour requires a minimum of 3 people. If the minimum is not met for your scheduled tour date, you will be contacted to reschedule or cancel your booking.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.4 / 5

based on 125 reviews

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Very informative and interesting tour. The tour company, and Amy in particular, was very helpful after out trip got rescheduled due to coronavirus and lack of people signed up for our slot, and were very helpful when we had difficulties organising a collection point. Our actual tour guide for the trip, Ko, was great. The tour was well organised, and she helped us understand the historical and cultural significance of what we were seeing, and was very humorous throughout it.

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December 13, 2020

Had a great time!

We ran into an issue where the DMZ was unexpectedly closed on the day of my scheduled tour, and the tour partner in Seoul was able to find space on a tour the day after. Our guide, Sonya, was very informative, telling us about the history between the two countries on the way to each area, I really appreciated how in depth she got. You dont get too long in each area, but I heard that each group is only allowed a maximum time for each, so it's out of their control. The ginseng centre stop does suck as in it's obviously necessary and just a cash grab by the company, but it lasts for maybe 20 mins so it's a necessary delay. Had a really great time over all, thank you so much to Sonya for being so well informed and a delight to learn from, I walked away with a sense of hope for the future of Korea.

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May 19, 2019

Great experience!

We received a meeting point and time to get picked up early in the morning (about 7:25am). Chloe was our guide and she was very friendly and informative! Her English was good. We went to all the location mentioned in the website description. Everything was timed up but it was not stressful at all we had plenty time to enjoy the visit. We were back in Seoul at 2pm.

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May 2, 2019

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