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  • Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration:  9 hours (approx.)
While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience the infamous border that divides North Korea and South Korea. Learn from an expert guide about the role of the DMZ and the negotiating site of the JSA, from the Korean War to the present. You’ll visit the Freedom Bridge and the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and observe life on the other side from the Dora Observatory.

Highlights

  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) tour from Seoul
  • See the demarcation of North Korea and South Korea at the infamous border with an expert guide
  • Visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall
  • Stop by the JSA’s Freedom House and learn about Bridge of No Return near Panmunjom
  • Learn about the Korean War and the tumultuous history of the once-unified country
  • Round-trip coach transport and lunch included

Why Our Insiders Chose This Tour

Once you are on the north side of the building, you are technically in North Korea! You’ll be able to take a picture of Bridge of No Return and learn all the thrilling stories from your local guide.

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What You Can Expect

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

Panmunjom Truce Village

After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, hop aboard your comfortable coach and head to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which divided North and South Korea during the Korean War. Now the world’s most heavily fortified border, the DMZ includes historical sites of conflict as well as the last remnants of the Cold War.

Drive along Freedom Road, which stretches along the banks of the Imjin River – bordered by an 8-foot (2.4-meter) razor wire fence and military watch posts – and stop in Imjingak Park to see artillery used during the Korean War. Continue to Freedom Bridge and explore the area on foot as you learn from your guide about the nearly 13,000 POWs who crossed on their return to freedom in South Korea.

Re-board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, believed to have been planned as a military invasion route by North Korea. In the DMZ exhibition hall, which now stands as a monument to peace, you’ll see photographs and war artifacts on display. Afterward, head to the Dora Observatory to look through telephoto lenses and observe the village of Kijongdong as your guide describes life on the other side. After a stop at Dorasan Station, proceed to the Unification Village to witness life in this small farming community.

Your guide will take your group to a local restaurant for lunch before the Panmunjom portion of your tour. Situated in the middle of the DMZ, this former ‘truce village’ was the site of the 1953 armistice, ending the Korean War and splitting the peninsula in two. The JSA was established as the negotiating site between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) and is now used for diplomatic dialogue by the two Koreas.

First, pass through a series of checkpoints where your ID will be verified, and stop at Camp Bonifas, a small base where about 5,000 U.S. and South Korean soldiers reside just 440 yards (402 meters) south of the DMZ. Disembark from the bus and head to Ballinger Hall to watch a slideshow, hear historical facts about the JSA’s significance and receive a briefing.

Visit the Freedom House, a four-story building topped with a transparent roof, a facility that functions as a liaison between the South and the North. Visit a conference room and hear how the house supports various forms of inter-Korean dialogue, contracts and exchanges.

Your final stop is the Bridge of No Return, first used for POW exchanges in 1953. The bridge was named for the irreversible choice of whether to remain in the country of their captivity or return to their place of origin. Afterward, your guide will accompany your group back to Ballinger Hall before your return to Seoul.

Customer Reviews

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

AWESOME TRIP. I 100 recommend booking the DMZ JSA tour. The JSA was a really unique place and really made it incredible... you'll definitely come out of it feeling like it was worth it. One of my favorite parts about visiting Korea. They give you access to the museum, one of the tunnels, and a full tour of the JSA. There is a dress code and code of conduct they take very seriously. Photography only allowed in limited areas -- they will let you know when and where you can and cannot take your selfies. Got to kinda walk into North Korea and it was sweet

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Absolutely amazing tour. Worth every penny, this will be one of the things you do and remember for the rest of your life.

The whole experience was an amazing learning experience, and truly humbling, and creepy at the same time.

I would seriously recommend this tour to anyone.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was amazing, fantastic service and brilliant commentary. Once in a life time opportunity. Highly Recommended to all!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

The tour was an eye opener and the itinerary was pack with good sites to visit. The timing given for each site was too short though. Overall very impressive.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Both sessions were taken by two different guides, both very funny and knowledgeable. The experience is rather surreal, especially the afternoon session in Panmunjom. It is quite easy to see why the time you have in each area is limited when you are facing North Korean soldiers. Make sure and buy your souvenirs at the first/second stop as it gets more expensive, the further North you go. I was disappointed that you can no longer purchase North Korean beer, but the wine and brand will suffice. Don't bother spending lots of money on the soya chocolate recommended, any cheap chocolate in Seoul is better :.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Great day, well organised and very good information.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

amazing experience. This tour unlike some includes the JSA area which is really the highlight as right up at the North Korean border. Also incredible to go down into the tunnel. Quite a step climb down but this tour includes a ride both ways whereas many tour groups were having to do it on foot.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2015

This tour was very exciting and informative as we learned about Korean Culture and the conflicts that separated the North from the South. The ability to stand on the line of South and North Korea was also very exhilarating as well. This tour was a must for my bucket list!

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Well organized tour although a little fast paced. Would have liked the tour guide to give more historical data and stories.

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2015

Great experience to see the history and the reality of the only divided county in the world.

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