Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man’s-land known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. As a divided nation, only 2.5 miles (4 kilometers) separate the North from the South in what is the most heavily armed border on earth. The 150-mile (241-kilometer) zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease-fire agreement between the United Nations and North Korea that put the Korean War on hold. Even with its past, the area is quite safe for tourists and is one of the most fascinating day trip options often taken from Seoul.

The DMZ can only be visited as part of an organized, guided tour, during which travelers get the chance to see the Joint Security Area, also known as Panmunjom, where the North and South met for peace talks during the war. Here travelers can see both North Korean and South Korean soldiers each guarding their respective sides of the DMZ.

Practical Info

Because the only way to visit the DMZ is via an organized tour, it is a good idea to book well in advance. The site is about an hour and a half away from Seoul, and despite being the world’s most heavily armed border, it is a safe area for tourists.

Tours & Tickets

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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul

4.5 star rating: Recommended 148 Reviews

While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.90

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 163 Reviews

On this tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Seoul, feel the reality of Korea’s turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.88

Ultimate DMZ and JSA: Private Tour including North Korea Spy Commando Invasion Route

4 star rating: Recommended 8 Reviews

Let an informative guide escort you on a private tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), following the North Korean spy commandos’ invasion route and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $176.47

Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, take this full-day privately guided excursion from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a border that ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 9 Reviews

This day trip from Seoul takes you by comfortable coach to the Joint Security Area (JSA), located near the infamous border that divides the Korean peninsula ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Tue to Fri - 8 hrs (approx)
Sat - 7 hrs (approx)

From USD $96.25

Full Day DMZ Tour including Lunch from Hue

This full day tour of DMZ will give you a historical study about the war between Vietnam and USA in the years from 1954 to 1975. You will also explore this ...  Read more

Location: Hue, Vietnam
Duration: Flexible

From USD $120.00

Full-Day Paju DMZ and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour with Lunch from Seoul

South Korea is one of the world's only divided country, and the Korean Demilitarized Zone remains along the Military Demarcation Line which separates the two ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

Cheorwon DMZ Tour

You will see and feel the real military tension between South and North Korea. Cheorwon is the small city facing North Korea, therefore, you will have a chance ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $100.00

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