Meet your guide at the centrally located President Hotel, departing Seoul by coach toward Panmunjom — a former ‘truce village’ centered in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and site of the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement, which split the Korean peninsula in two at the end of the Korean War.
Your first stop is the Unification Park, where you’ll discover multiple monuments commemorating Korean War heroes during a 30-minute tour including the War Correspondents Monument and the Human Bomb Heroes Monument. Afterward, you’ll depart to Panmunjom for the JSA portion of your tour, passing the Unification Bridge and a series of checkpoints en route.
On arrival at the Joint Security Area, follow your guide to the briefing room for an orientation, First established as the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC), the JSA is now the only place where it is possible for the two Koreas to engage in diplomatic dialogue face to face. During your tour, see where South and the North liaisons meet at the Freedom House, and learn about inter-Korean dialogue at the MAC conference room.
Continue to the Bridge of No Return and learn from your guide about the Ax Murder Incident of 1976 when two US Army officers were killed by North Korean soldiers. First used for POW exchanges in 1953, the bridge is named for the irreversible decision of whether to remain in the country of captivity or return to one’s place of origin.
Afterward, recharge with a stop at a Korean restaurant for a traditional bulgogi (beef) lunch (vegetarian option available) before returning to Seoul, with drop-off at the President Hotel in the evening (arrival time subject to traffic conditions).
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