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Joint Security Area (Panmunjom) Tours

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Joint Security Area (Panmunjom)
The Joint Security Area (JSA), aka Panmunjom, offers a look at the still simmering tensions that remain from the Korean War. The North and South technically remain at war, and the JSA, located deep within the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), is the only place where visitors can see the actual border and North Korean soldiers on the other side.

Within the town at the Military Armistice Commission (MAC) Conference Room, visitors can even cross the border without a visa. The blue building is still used for face-to-face negotiation between the two sides and is bisected by the border, meaning travelers can technically cross into North Korea by walking to the other side of the room.

The Basics
Due to the tension and security concerns involved, travelers are required to join an organized tour group in order to visit the truce village better known as the JSA. Day trips to the DMZ from Seoul include stops at the JSA, as well as other area attractions like Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Bridge of No Return, and an observation point where it’s possible to observe a North Korean village across the border through a telescope. Some tours also include a stop at the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The JSA is a must-see for history buffs and anyone looking for a better understanding of the Korean conflict.
  • All Panmunjom tour participants are required to carry a valid passport, be at least 10 years of age, and dress appropriately. 
  • Refrain from wearing worn or faded jeans, exercise clothes, sleeveless shirts, collarless shirts, short skirts, shorts, tight fitting clothes, military clothes, or sandals.
  • A DMZ tour from Seoul can last six to nine hours, depending on the option chosen.
  • Many tours to the JSA require booking several days in advance.

How to Get There
Panmunjom sits less than 40 miles from Seoul. However, visits can only be made via organized tour groups, which include strict rules of conduct, dress codes, and restrictions on photography to avoid starting an incident with the North Korean soldiers.

When to Get There
The Joint Security Area is closed on Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays. While the site is open for tours throughout the year, expect temps in the 80s and high humidity in summer, and temperatures below freezing in the winter.

The Process of Entering the JSA
To enter the JSA, visitors must pass through multiple checkpoints before arriving at Camp Bonifas, escorted by either US or South Korean soldiers. Here, JSA tour participants receive a security and safety briefing and sign a release form in case something happens. 
Address: Kaesŏng, Seoul, South Korea
Admission: Varies
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1.Ultimate DMZ & JSA: Private Tour along North Korea Spy Commando Invasion RoutePrivate Sightseeing Tours

1.Ultimate DMZ & JSA: Private Tour along North Korea Spy Commando Invasion Route

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Follow the invasion route of North Korean spy commandos on a private day trip to Korea’s fortified border, or Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), including a tour of the Joint Security Area (JSA). You’ll peek into JSA conference rooms at Panmunjom and visit the Freedom House and Bridge of No Return with a private guide at your side. Imagine the confrontation that took place when US and South Korean militaries joined forces against North Korean infiltrators! Your full-day tour includes lunch and hotel pickup from Seoul by private vehicle.
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  • 10 hours
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Seoul Guided Rent Car to DMZ AreaBus Tours

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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  • 6 to 10 hours

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

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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Peace Co-existence area JSA DMZ tourDay Trips

Peace Co-existence area JSA DMZ tour

•Guided tour of the heavily militarized area, JSA and DMZ •Only one place to see division of the country •Walk the real tunnel made by North Korea See the evidences proved it made by North Korean •Use the monorail course while 73m down the 3rd infiltration tunnel usually but if is not possible, we need to use the walk way to go down the tunnel •take a look North Korea Cities such as Gaesung, Gaesung Industrial Complex and Gijungdong at OP Dora •Have a time to see vision for the both Koreas •No shopping course in the schedule
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  • 8 to 9 hours
  • Free Cancellation
  • Taking safety measures
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4Day Classic Private tour include Seoul and Suwon, Mt.Seoraksan Park, SokchoDining Experiences

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
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  • 4 days

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

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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  • 4 days

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