Visiting the DMZ

By Viator, February 2015

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To understand South Korea, you have to also understand its other half in the North and the ongoing conflict that separates them. One of Seoul’s top attractions is actually located several hours to the North, at the demilitarized zone (DMZ) that separates North and South Korea.

This 2.5-mile (4-kilometer) swath of land, created in 1953 as part of an armistice agreement, is the most heavily armed border on the planet, yet also a destination where visitors can learn firsthand about the tumultuous history of the Korean Peninsula.

Due to the ongoing tensions in the area, tourists can only visit the DMZ as part of a guided tour. On such a day trip from Seoul, you’ll see several points of interest within the buffer zone, the most notable being Panmunjom, or the Joint Security Area. Here, soldiers stand watch on either side of the invisible border staring each other down.

At the Third Infiltration Tunnel, another stop on a day trip to the DMZ, you can see the very tunnels built by North Korean soldiers in an attempt to invade the South before the signing of the armistice. At the nearby Dora Observatory, look through binoculars to the other side of the demarcation line, where you can observe daily life in a small North Korean village from afar.

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 72 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 102 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

3 star rating: Worth doing 2 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

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

4 star rating: Recommended 4 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 $85.00

Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

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

Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul

Learn about Korea’s divided history at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on a half-day tour, led by an informative guide. In the morning or afternoon, travel ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Varies

From USD $46.00

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