• Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration: 6 hours (approx.)
From USD $ 45.50 View price calendar

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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.

Highlights

  • 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

What You Can 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.

Customer Reviews

steve

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

My family including a couple of teens had a unique and yet very educational time learning about the DMZ and Korea's sadden past. Mr. Kim was an excellent guide and very informative. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who visits Korea.

Shane L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2018

Very informative tour. Our tour guide, Mr. Kim is very knowledgeable and passionate on explaining the history of feud between North and South Korea. This is the best part of my vacation in Korea. The hotel pick up is a plus points (and also the driver of the van that tranferred us to the bus was so cute❤️)

Candace K

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2018

Initially had booked the DMZ and JSA tour but it was ultimately cancelled. Apparently it is very common for the majority of the JSA tours to be cancelled. This tour was offered as an alternative. We were picked up from the lobby of the President Hotel and the tour ended at city Hall which is very close to that hotel. Our tour guide Sadie was super sweet and even suggested other sights to see in the area after the tour ended. My favorite parts of the tour were the observatory and the infiltration tunnel. Be warned, you are unable to take photos inside the tunnel. The walk down the tunnel was totally fine except for the low ceilings as you get deeper they do supply hard hats to wear which was super smart as you can hear multiple people bang their hats on the ceilings. The walk back up was a bit challenging so wearing comfortable shoes is a must! If you plan on doing any of the DMZ tours, I would definitely recommend this one!

Amanda M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

Wanted to do the JSA tour, but was booked full in advance. This half day tour was a good alternative. Coolest part was going through the 3rd infiltration tunnel - def wear athletic shoes as you are on an incline the whole time. May also not be great if you are tall and have back problems as you will be hunched over the whole time. I'm 5'2 and I even had to duck maybe a quarter of the time. Mr. Kim, our guide, was awesome - super knowledgeable and personable.

LClegg

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2018

I think visiting the DMZ is an absolute must do from Seoul. Tour guide Erica was excellent.

dorsthedomesticgodde ... 

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

What an amazing day! Even my 3 teenage daughters thoroughly enjoyed it. The tour guide was lovely and friendly sharing her knowledge of the history between Nth and Sth Korea. The 3rd tunnel was the highlight of the tour - a great cardio workout! Lots of photo and shopping opportunities. It was an hours drive to the checkpoint which gave you an insight to the landscape along the way. You stayed at the various locations for a set time, which was enough time to explore, and before you knew it was an hours drive back to Seoul.
This was a fantastic tour and would highly recommend it for anyone visiting.

Anna L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was amazing and very interesting. Tour guide Emily was really good and took care all of us in the tour group. She is very helpful and very knowledgeable. The third tunnel waling was a good exercise.

Garnik A

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

The tour was very well organized. Exceeded my expectations. Saw relevant sites in DMZ. Hotel pick up was a plus. One improvement would be to allocate lunch time....

eghelshi19

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

It was pretty nice this trip, the guide was very kind and explain everything.

Bryan L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Highly recommended. Our tour guide, Erica, was fantastic, funny and personable -- and went out of our way to help us with logistics. Great trip!

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