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Overview

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.
  • Full- or Half-day tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) from Seoul
  • Hear expert commentary from a knowledgeable guide as you visit historical sites at the DMZ
  • See artillery and war artifacts at Imjingak Park and explore the Freedom Bridge on foot
  • Visit the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and view war photos at the DMZ exhibition hall
  • Get a glimpse of North Korean village life from the Dora Observatory
  • Choose a morning or afternoon tour to suit your schedule
  • Upgrade to include lunch with shopping for unique souvenirs at Insadong Antique Market
After pickup from your Seoul hotel, travel about one hour north to reach the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a 2.5-mile (4km) wide piece of land that divides North and South Korea.

Stop first in Imjingak, a park with war artifacts and artillery from the Korean conflict. Continue to the Freedom Bridge, where nearly 13,000 Korean POWs were exchanged at the end of the war.

Next up, see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, believed to have been built by North Korea for a military invasion. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel was blocked by the South Koreans at the border’s military demarcation line. Afterward, check out artifacts and photographs from the Korean War at the DMZ Museum.

Continue by coach to the Dora Observatory, where you can use provided binoculars to scope out North Korea. Observe a North Korean model village called Kijongdong as your guide explains the backstory of this surreal border region.

Your final destination is Dorasan Station, a train station that once connected North and South Korea and today carries symbolic significance, which your guide details as you take in the site. Wrap up your visit to the DMZ by passing the Unification Village, a small farming community that models the daily life of a typical South Korean farm community.

If you choose the half-day tour only, you are returned to your hotel in Seoul after a brief stop at a ginseng center en route. If you choose the morning half-day tour with lunch upgrade, your guide takes you to lunch at a restaurant in Seoul after visiting the DMZ. The full-day tour visits the DMZ in the morning, returns to Seoul for lunch, then hits Insadong Antique Street in the afternoon. Insadong contains a magnificent variety of boutiques, antique stores, tea houses and art galleries.

Reviews

Viator Traveller's Reviews

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p
, Jan 2019

It's a day long tour. A good insight into Korean Conflict. The guide was good and knowledgeable. The bonus was meeting a North Korean defector and knowing many insights and how things many things about North Korea is blown out of proportion by Western media. P.S. I am not pro NK. I give 1 point less as the tour was commercialised by taking us to a Ginseng shop which off course had a commission for tour company. It would be good if the tour company shares it's WhatsApp no for coordination as many tourist don't take local SIM. Take some snacks/ water with you as the most stops will have crowded shops. For some reason JSA wasn't part of the tour which I guess could be due to an upcoming rail line projects between two Koreas.We took a lunch package and the lunch was great for additional 10 USD.

J
, Dec 2018

This tour was horrible.First, the tour guide give much stories or history about the sites involved. After paying good money for such a tour from viator, I would expect more. The tour guide merely restated what was printed on the exhibit signs in front of the sites, and she gave it in a poor translation with much less details. I could have read the sign myself and gleaned more information. But that was not the worst part of the tour.Throughout the morning, the English and Chinese tour guide (there were 2 tour groups on the same bus) kept rushing us through the DMZ sites, giving us 15-20 min at some of those places. I wondered if it was because there were many sites at DMZ to cover, so we had to rush through because we only had 6.5 hours. I was wrong…I found out later that this was so that they could bring our tour groups to a GINSENG FACTORY. We spent 1 hour 10 minutes at that factory. Ridiculous. I paid for a 6.5 hour tour to the DMZ. This includes 2.5 to 3 hours of travelling to and fro from the DMZ. And we had to spend one-third of our time at some random ginseng factory - claiming to be agents selling government-controlled korean ginseng - just so the tour guides can get a commission from those scammers.Horrible experience, would not recommend. Expected more from viator.

k
, Oct 2018

We liked our guide, but the tour did not actually supply that much information about the history and current struggles faced between N and S Korea. I wasn’t sure where I was at times and it was a bit rushed. Seeing the tunnel was worthwhile and thought provoking. I would have liked more information and question and answer time.

E
, Aug 2018

Don’t lose this tour. It was a visit to the Korean history, full of emotions. Tears welled up in my eyes in front of the last steam locomotive that stopped at Jangdan Station on December 31, 1950, coming from Pyongyang, now damaged and neglected for over 50 years in the DMZ, with bullet scars and broken wheels. So touching having the opportunity to cross the third tunnel under the border between North and South Korea, as well as to buy a ticket for Pyeongyang from the Dorasan Station near S and N Korean borders. The current purpose of the station is largely symbolic of the hope for eventual Korean . Must go.

J
, Aug 2018

An absolute must in South Korea !!! The jinseng factory is not worth at all but it is in the program schedule...

J
, Jul 2018

We loved our tour guide Erika! She was amazing and added a lot of humor to the tour. She gave helpful tips and was always engaging. The 3rd tunnel is a pretty physical activity. If your tall or claustrophobic, it may not be your gig. But it was very cool underground considering how humid and hot it was that day!

F
, Jun 2018

What a place what a history.

It was fantastic from start which pick up from the hotel and they well organized.

Emily our guide was brilliant and spoke English very well.

Go to this tour and for sure go with Emily

C
, Apr 2018

Chloe was our guide and she was super patient during the 7AM pickup I was on the first pick up stop and there were at least 2 stops where the passengers didn't show up but we finally made it to the park, observatory, train station, and tunnel. She provided some context of historical knowledge coupled with current news. There was plenty of time to sight see on our own and explore the areas but she also made it very clear where we could or could not take pictures. The ginseng tour felt a little tacked on but if you participated in the lunch, which I opted not to, then it probably was ok. I was just a little irked that I couldn't take pictures inside the ginseng center since it had charts and scientific facts but no brochures available.

A
, Apr 2018

A day trip that will appeal to those with an interest in the history of the conflict in the Korean Penensula.

W
, Apr 2018

Very informative guide and the tour was packed with historical sites/information. Not much to see at the end of the 3rd tunnel hike but was well worth it just to be able to see the underground environment and tunnel itself. The climb back up to ground level was extremely strenuous.


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