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Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul

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Seoul, South Korea
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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English

Overview

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) lies on the border between North and South Korea, and visiting outside of a guided tour is not allowed. On this tour, explore the DMZ with your guide and gain insight into Korean War history. Take in sites of interest including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory in safety, with entrance fees plus pickup and drop-off in central Seoul included.
  • Explore the DMZ in safety on a guided tour
  • Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory
  • Choice of early- or late-morning tours
  • Entry fees and round-trip travel from central Seoul included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visiting the DMZ without a guide is impossible—choose this express half-day tour if you’re on a time budget.

What's Included

Professional guide
Hotel pickup
Food and drinks
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel drop-off
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Departure & Return

Departure Point

Hongik Univ. Station, Donggyo-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Traveler pickup is offered
Please provide us with the name & full address of your accommodation in Seoul if there are no listed.

And we can meet at subway stations in Central Seoul.

Return Details

City Hall Station, Jeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
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What To Expect

After hotel pickup in Seoul, your tour starts with the drive to Imjingak Park to see the Freedom Bridge, a symbol of the tragedies of the Korean War. 

Then head toward the Korean Demilitarized Zone to visit the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, which the North Korean Army used to infiltrate South Korea. With a provided helmet, you can walk down to the tunnel, and then you'll have time to browse the DMZ Exhibition Hall to see displays of old weapons, a short film about Korea's history, and other information about the Korean War.

Next, visit Dora Observatory for a view of North Korea, which you can see using the onsite telescopes aimed at the propaganda village, and then continue to Dorasan Station, the last station before the border with North Korea, where you can get a souvenir stamp that mimics an immigration stamp.

Make your way back to Seoul at this point, passing by Unification Village and stopping at the Korean Ginseng Center before drop-off at Seoul City Hall, where your tour ends.
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Itinerary
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You will be picked up at your hotel in Central Seoul or subway station then taken to Imjingak Park. Once you arrive at the park, you can see the Freedom Bridge and an old steam train that shows the extremity of the tragedy that was the Korean War at Imjingak Park. Then, the DMZ bus will head to the 3rd Tunnel that North Korean Army built to infiltrate South Korea in 1970s. You will walk down to the tunnel (about 500m, round trip) wearing a safety helmet. After coming out of tunnel, you will have some time to look around the DMZ Exhibition Hall which shows the Korean War, old weapons and Korea's history. After the Exhibition Hall, you will head to Mt Dora to see North Korea from the Observatory. There are many telescopes to look at North Korea’s propaganda village. Then you will move to Dorasan Station, the last station before entering North Korea from South Korea. You can get a stamp that resembles the immigration desk in the airport, as a souvenir (You will not be entering North Korea).   On the way back to Imjingak Park, your vehicle will pass by the Unification Village before heading back to Seoul. Once you return to Seoul, you will stop-by a Korean Ginseng Center (This place will be skipped if you choose "without shopping tour" option) before you will be dropped off at the City Hall. You can choose 1 of 2 half day tours with morning or afternoon.
Duration: 360 Minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Hotel Pickup
This experience is eligible for hotel pickup. Once your purchase is complete, you’ll be able to coordinate pickup details directly with your operator.
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Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required for afternoon tour
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • *** The Korean Demilitarized Zone is temporarily closed due to African Swine Flu until the further notice from the government (we assume it until the beginning of Feb. 2020). During this time, the tour will visit Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, Odusan Observatory and War Memorial Museum to learn about the Korean War.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
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Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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Great alternative while the DMZ was closed
DaveJ
, Feb 2020
Due to the coronavirus, we could not travel to the DMZ, so the tour operator booked us an alternative tour that included visits to Imjingak park, the Odusan Observatory and the War Memorial Museum. All are excellent visits that help you understand the impact of the Korean War on the country and the entire Korean peninsula. Our guide, Mr. Kim, was excellent and offered a great perspective on the war's legacy and the effects still felt today. The weather on our trip day was very poor - cold and snowy - but the bus driver did an excellent job on the roads with low visibility. Kudos to the tour operator for responding to a situation beyond their control and offering a wonderful alternative.
star-5
Learnt lots about recent history of Korea
afjelliot
, Feb 2020
Great tour. We had a group of 7 on our tour. Visited the peace park, observation tower and museum. Really informative and helpful guide.
star-5
Great tour despite DMZ closure
alfredchiaro
, Jan 2020
Had a great experience despite the DMZ area near the border was closed due to government restrictions. The tour provided a good alternative, and our guide Sadie was amazing!
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Alternative Tour
jordynmclean
, Jan 2020
Due to an illness outbreak at the DMZ, we were unable to do the regular tour, so we did the alternative tour, which includes the observatory, the freedom bridge and the war memorial. This tour was the experience of a life time and it’s something my friends and I will remember forever. Our guide gave us such good information about Seoul and the history of the korean peninsular Korean. My friends and I were also very impressed with how objective, but still hopeful the information was. If you are able to go on this tour during your time in Korea, I would 1000009% recommend it.
star-5
Great! Very enjoyable tour.
Emma F
, Jan 2020
Sadie was a wonderful guide, she was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Though the JSA is closed I thought the tour gave me a far better understanding of the Korean War and of that area. I would highly recommend if you are interested in history and politics!
star-5
Great, knowledgeable tour!
stuckatseven
, Dec 2019
The DMZ was closed on our tour date (due to the government), but the company provided a great, alternative tour. Mr. Kim shared a vast amount of knowledge and stories about the DMZ, the Korean people and the two countries. It was perfectly timed to keep people engaged and interested! Highly recommended!!
star-5
Great informative tour!
patriciabanuelos94
, Dec 2019
It was a great tour and very informative. We had to do an alternative tour as the DMZ was closed to the public that day but we still had a great time. Thank you Mr. Kim! :)
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DMZ
wvuwhitney
, Nov 2019
Our family enjoyed learning about this history. It was humbling eating in the observation tower cafe overlooking North Korea. Bus pick up and drop off was very convenient, our guide was very knowledgable and friendly. Sturdy shoes are a must if you walk down the tunnel, it's extremely steep and about 1/4 mile down then another 1/4 mile underground to the end. We didn't watch the video explaining the tunnel but our guide gave us the history. If you skip going down the tunnel, go across the parking lot and watch the video.
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Very good
hyndsy64
, Nov 2019
The tour was well organised and the guide as perfect. But there's only so much insight you can gain from this tour and not to mention the most random visit to a ginseng factory. That really ruined it for me.
star-5
Good experience
tyanling2019
, Oct 2019
Good experience of the Bukhansan mountain. Shrek (the guide) was knowledgable, patient, and kind enough to change the route mid point to suit my ability and preference. Thank you!

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