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Visiting the DMZ

By Viator, November 2013

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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 24 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.)

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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 54 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

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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.)

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