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Visiting the DMZ

By Viator, June 2016

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 163 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, Seoul, Day Trips
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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 171 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
Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route, Seoul, Day Trips
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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 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
Ultimate DMZ and JSA: Private Tour including North Korea Spy Commando Invasion Route, Seoul, ... 
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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
Joint Security Area (JSA) Tour: Get Close to the North Korean Border, Seoul, Historical & Heritage ... 
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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
Korean Demilitarized Zone and Traditional Performance Tour, Seoul, Bus & Minivan Tours
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Korean Demilitarized Zone and Traditional Performance Tour

This tour will help you understand the history of the division of Korea and the tragedy of war. You will also come to realize what kind of suffering Korea went ...  Read more

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

From USD $169.00
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul, Seoul, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul

This half-day tour will take you to the Korean DMZ that is located about an hour away from Seoul. You will see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, the ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.50
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul, Seoul, Day Trips
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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 20 Reviews

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 $47.17
Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Half-day Tours
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Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea

This tour will take you from Seoul to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that is a very unique, educational and contemporary historical place. When you arrive at ...  Read more

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

From USD $79.00
Seoul Sightseeing and DMZ Tour with 3-Nights Accommodation and Optional Evening Tour, Seoul, Day ... 
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Seoul Sightseeing and DMZ Tour with 3-Nights Accommodation and Optional Evening Tour

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Reviews

Explore central Seoul and the DMZ on this tour which includes 3 nights accommodation at a 4-star hotel and an optional night tour! This guided tour package ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 4 days (approx.)

From USD $400.00

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