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Located at the top of Mt Dora on the South Korean side of the 38th parallel, the Dora Observatory sits as close to North Korea as one can get from the south. Looking out over the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the observatory is close to the huge Third Tunnel, which was originally created by the North Koreans with the intention to use it as a secret pathway to invade South Korea if war ever broke out again.

Because the area is restricted, the Dora Observatory can only be visited via the DMZ Peace and Security Tourist Program. Once at the observatory, binoculars can be rented, but photography is restricted and banned beyond a certain point.

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Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Closed Mon
310 Je3(sam) ttanggul-ro, Jangdan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
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No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul

No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul

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Experience the DMZ without the unnecessary shopping excursions on a morning tour from Seoul. Thanks to courtesy transportation starting from your hotel, there’s no need to rush to a meeting point first thing in the morning. Enjoy an in depth guided tour at the DMZ with visits to Management Center, Freedom Bridge, and third tunnel. End the tour at City Hall or Itaewon in Seoul, ready to continue your day of sightseeing.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$77.00
Price varies by group size
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$77.00
Price varies by group size

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

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

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Tour the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) with a knowledgeable guide who shares the history and highlights of this important strip of land that separates North and South Korea. Established in 1953 after the Korean War, the DMZ includes key sites such as the Freedom Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Imjingak Park, DMZ Museum and Dora Observatory. Visit the DMZ from Seoul on a morning or afternoon half-day tour, with optional upgrades to include lunch or a full-day tour that also visits Insadong Antique Street, a mecca of antique shops, boutiques and tea houses.
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  • 7 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$76.93
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$76.93

DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during your stay in Seoul on this half-day tour. A border zone that separates North Korea and South Korea, the DMZ presents the chance to learn a bit about the history of conflict between the two countries. You can enter one of the tunnels and visit Dora Observatory, where you can look at North Korea through a telescope, depending on the weather.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.98
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$38.98

Morning DMZ Tour from Seoul including the 3rd Tunnel

Morning DMZ Tour from Seoul including the 3rd Tunnel

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Enjoy this Morning DMZ tour without stopping at any shopping center. After meeting your guide at 07:20 am at the Koreana Hotel office building lobby(1st floor, between CU and PaulBassett Coffee), you will visit the Demilitarized Zone in Paju. Step into the 3rd Infiltration tunnel and the Dora observatory. First, you will see the Bridge of Freedom. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Once you're back on the surface, the tour takes you for a look across the country from the Dora Observatory. In clear weather, you can see all the way to North Korea by using the observatory's binoculars. This tour concludes at Koreana Hotel(meeting point) or Myeongdong.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$38.98
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$38.98

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

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Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to see the border that divides North and South Korea on this guided adventure from Seoul. Learn about the troubled history of the country, from the time of the Korean War to modern day. Visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ Museum. Plus, look across the DMZ into North Korea from the Dora Observatory. Lunch (if option selected), all the necessary entrance fees and a hotel pickup are included.
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  • 8 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.00
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$75.00

Private DMZ Peace Tour : N.Korea 3rd Invasion Tunnel and Suspension Bridge

Private DMZ Peace Tour : N.Korea 3rd Invasion Tunnel and Suspension Bridge

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Enjoy the undivided attention of your private guide on a 10-hour tour to the DMZ. Forget the headache large groups and discomfort of tour buses and relax in private round-trip transportation from your Seoul hotel. There’s no need to fuss over foreign language menus as lunch is provided at a local restaurant. In addition to the usual attractions, the comprehensive itinerary also includes visits to the third infiltration tunnel, Dora Observatory, and Dorasan Station.
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$205.13
Price varies by group size
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$205.13
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Half Day DMZ Tour (No Forced Shopping)

Half Day DMZ Tour (No Forced Shopping)

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Straddle the two Koreas on a 4.5-hour guided sightseeing tour from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone. Convenient hotel pickup spares you the stress of using the crowded subway to rush to a meeting point. After your comfortable journey, enjoy detailed commentary at the DMZ area, Dora Observatory, and Imjingak Park with ample opportunity to ask your guide questions. Afterwards, take time to explore on your own, before drop-off in central Seoul.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$80.00
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$80.00
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No Shopping Half Day Korea DMZ Tour

No Shopping Half Day Korea DMZ Tour

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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 from Seoul to the DMZ, where the country has been split since the Korean War, to visit fascinating sites such as Imjingak Park, the Freedom bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall. At Dora Observatory, you can even peer through binoculars to observe village life in North Korea. U
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$75.02
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$75.02

Group DMZ Peace Tour : N.Korea 3rd Invasion Tunnel and Suspension Brige

Group DMZ Peace Tour : N.Korea 3rd Invasion Tunnel and Suspension Brige

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1. Well-organized Group Budget Tour You can enjoy the well made full-day tour with affordable prices with our professional guide. 2. No Shopping We never take your time away for unnecessary shopping center! We care customers' satisfaction and valuable time! 2. Do short hiking to Mt.Gamaksan Suspension Bridge and enjoy the full view at the top. *15 min taking to up
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  • 9 to 10 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$51.29
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$51.29

DMZ Tour Including a Pistol Shooting Experience

DMZ Tour Including a Pistol Shooting Experience

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Tour the DMZ, including a close-up visit to the Military Demarcation Line, followed by target practice in Seoul. Hotel pick up from centrally located Seoul hotels included. Valid passport required on day of travel.
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  • 7 hours 30 minutes
  • Free Cancellation
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$111.80
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$111.80

Winter 10 days Ski & Jeju & Mt Seorak & DMZ & Seoul on the end Nov to Jan

Winter 10 days Ski & Jeju & Mt Seorak & DMZ & Seoul on the end Nov to Jan

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Spend a memorable time at any amusement spots and visiting the live animal kingdom(Everland) Private round-trip minivan transfer between Seoul and Pyeongchang/Seoul and ICN Airport Check unique volcanic-dome structure visually appealing spectacles as the sun comes up in the early AM(Seongsan sunrise peak) Climb a mountain which is the highest mountain in the Taebaek mountain range in eastern South Korea(Mt. Seorak) Discover the "Bridge of Freedom" used by repatriated POWs and soldiers returning from the North(DMZ) Enjoy skiing and take basic ski lesson(Yongpyong ski resort) Visit a French cultural Village sset in the Korean countryside(Petite France) Hit the hottest spots(Hongdae shopping street, N Seoul Tower and Dongdaemun fashion town) Stroll around Korean traditional village in Seoul(Bukchon Hanok Village)
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  • 10 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$4,243.59
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$4,243.59
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[Perfect Private Full Day DMZ Tour] & The War Memorial of Korea include Lunch

[Perfect Private Full Day DMZ Tour] & The War Memorial of Korea include Lunch

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Experience the thrill of straddling the two Koreas on a private 8- to 9-hour tour to the DMZ. The full-day excursion from Seoul is perfect for military-buffs, amateur historians, and adventurous travelers alike. All-inclusive transportation and complimentary lunch, allow you to skip the headache of navigating a foreign country on your own. Get a deeper understanding of the Korean conflict at the War Memorial before return to your lodgings.
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$118.79
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$118.79
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DMZ(Demilitarized Zone) and Gyeongbokgung Palace Full-Day Tour from Seoul

DMZ(Demilitarized Zone) and Gyeongbokgung Palace Full-Day Tour from Seoul

The DMZ area has been closed to prevent spreading African Swine Fever, we will conduct the tour in an alternative schedule; [Imjingak → Art Space BEAT 131 → Odusan Unification Observatory → War Memorial of Korea → Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong.] Join this DMZ & Palace combined Tour! Tourists who are interested in the Korean War or history can join and enjoy this DMZ tour. Know well about the history of the war and Korea from a professional tour guide! After enjoying lunch in Seoul, the afternoon tour will be started visiting Seoul’s historic spots including the Gyeongbokgung palace(Changdeokgung Palace on Tuesday), an antique alley-Insadong to understand Korean arts and culture. This tour concludes at Myeongdong.
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  • 8 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$92.31
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$92.31

Active Seniors Korea Tour 8days 7nights

Active Seniors Korea Tour 8days 7nights

There is so much to explore in Sparkling Korea - from the magnificent scenery, affluent cultural heritage, to the unique customs & traditions. Be inspired in this fantastic Korea experience!
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  • 8 days
  • Free Cancellation
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$3,105.00
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$3,105.00
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Private 10 days Jeju&Busan&Gyeongju&Mt Seorak&Andong&Suwon&DMZ,JSA&Seoul tour

Private 10 days Jeju&Busan&Gyeongju&Mt Seorak&Andong&Suwon&DMZ,JSA&Seoul tour

Long history of Korea left behind many pulsating traditions that are still alive throughout centuries. Blended with futuristic modernity as a top country of pioneers in innovative technology, South Korea is a charming place that you should visit at least once in your lifetime. In 10 days, this tour will set your feet at every single most thrilling attraction throughout South Korea. The tour starts from visiting the natural wonders of volcanic Jeju Island, and we will drive to characterful cities including Busan, Gyeongju, Andong, Sokcho and more. The assistance of our professional tour guide will always keep you properly appreciate the exquisite beauty and delightful culture of Korea. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. Ask your tour guide about places you wish to visit. The original itinerary is always up for a discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 10 days
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$5,076.93
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$5,076.93
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4Day 3N- Seoul+Gyeonggi tour with Korean Folk Village+Icheon Ceramics village

4Day 3N- Seoul+Gyeonggi tour with Korean Folk Village+Icheon Ceramics village

This is an ultimate tour for anyone who wish to see all the key attractions in Seoul only in 4 days. From the dreamy royal romances of Joseon Dynasty and Half-Day Korean The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjeom(JSA) Tour from Seoul on the border between North and South Korea. To hanging up the iconic love-locks in N Seoul Tower, we have a wide variety of destinations to keep you fixated at every hour. You will experience both the unique Korean past and its energetic present. . Icheon Ceramic-making class, you can learn about the history and culture of traditional pottery as well as experience making their own item. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 4 days
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$1,700.00
Price varies by group size
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$1,700.00
Price varies by group size

Private Half Day Guided Tour to DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)

Private Half Day Guided Tour to DMZ (Demilitarized Zone)

Private 5.5-hours tour conducted by professional licensed local tour guide to the DMZ between South and North Korea. - English/ Chinese speaking tour guides available; - Private vehicle; - Accommodates up to 8 persons; - Private tour with fully customisable itinerary; - Child, elderly and handicap-friendly tour; and - Travel around on a licensed sightseeing vehicle As this is a private tour, we can customise the itinerary according to your needs and preferences. The tour is suitable for children, elderly and the handicapped as well.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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$99.73
per group
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$99.73
per group

4 DAYS - Seoul tour with Pocheon Art Valley, waterfall, sky bridge Tour

4 DAYS - Seoul tour with Pocheon Art Valley, waterfall, sky bridge Tour

This is an ultimate tour for anyone who wish to see all the key attractions in Seoul only in 4 days. From the dreamy royal romances of Joseon Dynasty and Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul on the border between North and South Korea. To hanging up the iconic love-locks in N Seoul Tower, we have a wide variety of destinations to keep you fixated at every hour. Included Pocheon Art Valley tour with Bidulginangpokpo Falls, Hantangang Sky Bridge. You will experience both the unique Korean past and its energetic present. . You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 4 days
From
$1,605.00
Price varies by group size
From
$1,605.00
Price varies by group size

4DAY - Seoul+Gyeonggi tour with Korean Folk Village+Icheon Ceramics village

4DAY - Seoul+Gyeonggi tour with Korean Folk Village+Icheon Ceramics village

This is an ultimate tour for anyone who wish to see all the key attractions in Seoul only in 4 days. From the dreamy royal romances of Joseon Dynasty and Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul on the border between North and South Korea. To hanging up the iconic love-locks in N Seoul Tower, we have a wide variety of destinations to keep you fixated at every hour. You will experience both the unique Korean past and its energetic present. . Icheon Ceramic-making class, you can learn about the history and culture of traditional pottery as well as experience making their own item. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 4 days
From
$1,700.00
Price varies by group size
From
$1,700.00
Price varies by group size

DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory with Lunch

DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory with Lunch

The DMZ area has been closed to prevent spreading African Swine Fever, we will conduct the tour in an alternative schedule; [Imjingak → Art Space BEAT 131 → Odusan Unification Observatory → War Memorial of Korea → Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong.] The DMZ area is the closest district to North Korea. This 6-hour tour (including transfers) is primarily held in the 3rd tunnel, which you will have the opportunity to enter by foot. If you are interested in learning about war history between North and South Korea, this tour is for you. Depending on the weather, you might be able to see North Korea through a telescope at the Dora Observatory. Also, this tour does not stop by the shopping center. Returning to Seoul, you will enjoy Korean style lunch, Bibimbap: steamed rice with mixed vegetables). The tour concludes at Myeongdong after lunch. No Shopping Center guaranteed.
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  • 6 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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$56.42
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$56.42

Private 3 days Seoul Highlight tour - Korean Folk Village - DMZ tour

Private 3 days Seoul Highlight tour - Korean Folk Village - DMZ tour

This is an ultimate tour for anyone who wish to see all the key attractions in Seoul only in 3 days. From the dreamy royal romances of Joseon Dynasty and current day political saga in JSA to hanging up the iconic love-locks in N Seoul Tower, we have a wide variety of destinations to keep you fixated at every hour. You will experience both the unique Korean past and its energetic present. Come picnic like locals by the majestic Han-river, enjoy street food, and bargain your way at lively local fashion stalls in DDP. You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 3 days
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$1,141.03
Price varies by group size
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$1,141.03
Price varies by group size

Seoul Guided Rent Car to DMZ Area

Seoul Guided Rent Car to DMZ Area

DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone) is a place where tensions between North Korea and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land. As a country divided into 2 regions, the area of 2.5 miles (4 km) separates North Korea from South Korea on this place. The 150-mile (241 km) regional zone is a cease-fire agreement which has been in force since 1953 between PBB and North Korea. ---Itinerary--- - In this DMZ tour, you are the one who supposed to make your own itinerary, we do not provide any itinerary at all. However, our driver will kindly give you advices anytime on the day of the tour. - For your advice, please make your own itinerary days before the date of the tour. - If you have prepared your personal travel itinerary, please at least consult it first to your driver in order to adjust the time and route of the trip.
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  • 6 to 10 hours
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$192.83
per group
From
$192.83
per group

4Day Classic Private tour include Seoul and Suwon, Mt.Seoraksan Park, Sokcho

4Day Classic Private tour include Seoul and Suwon, Mt.Seoraksan Park, Sokcho

This is an ultimate tour for anyone who wish to see all the key attractions in Seoul only in 4 days. From the dreamy royal romances of Joseon Dynasty and Half-Day Korean DMZ/JSA Tour from Seoul on the border between North and South Korea. To hanging up the iconic love-locks in N Seoul Tower, we have a wide variety of destinations to keep you fixated at every hour. Included Mount Sorak Park with Kwongeumseong cable car, Sokcho tour. You will experience both the unique Korean past and its energetic present. . You can customize your destinations during this private tour, so that you can spend your time effectively. We don't waste your time by visiting compulsory shopping centers. The original itinerary is always up for your discussion and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants.
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  • 4 days
From
$1,775.00
Price varies by group size
From
$1,775.00
Price varies by group size

7Days 6N Hotel Classic Private Tour:Jeju-Busan-Gyeongju-DMZ,JSA from Seoul

7Days 6N Hotel Classic Private Tour:Jeju-Busan-Gyeongju-DMZ,JSA from Seoul

Do you fancy a tour in and outside of Seoul driving through the less visited but nonetheless gorgeous regions, that are of major significance to Korea? Here is an adequate program that will give you an ample and thorough experience of this vigorous country in a week of time. You will drive to 5 radiant cities with each a contrasting character of its own. The tour begins from idyllic, volcanic island of Jeju. Busan is a famed metropolis by sea where people enjoy vivacious vacations. Gyeongju is a large countryside wrapping around historical remains of the ancient Silla kingdom, with miles of serene, pastoral scenes. Check out the current day political saga in DMZ, come back to find multi-colored expressions in the world's dynamic and futuristic city, Seoul! You can customize your destinations during this private tour to spend your time effectively. The original itinerary is always up for your request and change. Plus, the tour guide can always offer you the best local restaurants!
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  • 7 days
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$3,302.57
Price varies by group size
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$3,302.57
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What are Dora Observatory hours of operation?
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Dora Observatory hours of operation: Tue-Sun 10am-5pm, Closed Mon. Buy tickets in advance on Viator. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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Should I book Dora Observatory tickets in advance?
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We recommend booking e-tickets ahead of time to secure your spot since Dora Observatory can get crowded. If you book with Viator, you can cancel at least 24 hours before the start date of your tour for a full refund.
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How much does it cost to visit Dora Observatory 2021?
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Currently, an entrance ticket to Dora Observatory costs USD 38.98. Guided Dora Observatory tours start around USD 38.98 per person.
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