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Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no man’s land known as the demilitarized zone, or DMZ. As the only divided nation on earth, 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) long zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease fire that put the Korean War on hold.

The area is quite safe for tourists and is probably the most fascinating day trip you could possibly take from Seoul. While touring the DMZ, you’ll get the chance to visit the Joint Security Area, also known as Panmunjeom. When the North and South met for peace talks during the Korean War, they met in Panmunjeom, and it is here that you can really feel the tension as North Korean soldiers gaze down at passing tourists from their side while South Korean soldiers stare back.

The only way to visit the DMZ is with an organized tour, and it’s always a good idea to book in advance since it’s one of Korea’s most popular attractions.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 41 Reviews

While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience the infamous ...  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 67 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 $47.58

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

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 $85.00

4-Night Private South Korea Tour: Gyeongbokgung Palace, Hwaseong Fortress, Folk Village and DMZ

You’ll see the best of South Korea while visiting sites in and around Seoul on this 4-night private tour with an expert local guide. Tour historic sites from ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 5 days (approx.)

From USD $892.94

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