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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.

Highlights

  • 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 or a full-day tour with shopping for unique souvenirs at Insadong Antique Market

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What You Can Expect

Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul

See Demilitarized Zone of South Korea: DMZ Tour from Seoul

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.

Customer Reviews

mermanatlantis United Kingdom

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Our guide, David, made this trip extra special. He was so knowledgable and entertaining. Great place to visit if you're ever in Korea!

Darcy J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

We were being picked up at our hotel at 8am. They were running 10 minutes late and called the hotel to let us know. The guide on our tour spoke good English. Our first stop was Imjingak . We only had 15 minutes there, I wish that we had more time. The next stop was the Third Tunnel. This was my favorite stop of the trip. Note that you cannot take your camera into the tunnel. Definitely bring a 500 won coin to use in the telescope at the Dora Observatory to view North Korea up close. We did the tour with lunch that was at an authentic Korean restaurant. The only thing I didn't like was that we had to stop at a Duty Free shop near Seoul Station before the tour ended for those without lunch, and before we went to lunch. I know this is a way they make money, but I'd rather not stop there, or at least have less time there and more at the actual DMZ sites.

Ping C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The tour is very interesting and the guide is very helpful

Tiffany T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This was GREAT! Sunny was an awesome tour guide and had so many funny stories! She really connected with the group and I would have loved to chat with her for hours! This tour was so informative and interesting and really piqued my interest of the history of Korea. The shuttle pick-up and such was a little confusing in the morning but the tour guides cleared it up fairly quickly. The 3rd infiltration tunnel was pretty steep and slippery so if you haven't exercised in a while or have heart problems, I wouldn't recommend it. It was a little anticlimactic because you get to the end and you see concrete slabs but I think Sunny's knowledge and story-telling really makes up for it. We also visited Dora observatory, which to me, was the most interesting part. When looking through the binoculars, you could actually see North Koreans going about their daily business. It was really crazy! We also visited Dorasan Station where you can pick up souvenirs and see the completely built out train station and airport if the Korean War ever ends. It was really interesting and also a little sad because it was so empty. And then I thought the stop at the ginseng market was going to take forever but we were only there for 15 minutes! It was great! I really enjoyed it and if you get Sunny, count yourself very lucky! A quirkier, funnier, and more knowledgable tour guide I cannot imagine!

Just one other sidenote, we had read that we needed to dress nicely on some blogs when in close proximity to North Korea but this is completely untrue. Just dress comfortably and you'll be just fine.

bahatimwitula

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Well organized trip. Tour guide provided great insight and historical knowledge of South Korea.

Kerry B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I enjoyed this tour, it was informative. The guide was very good.

Anne F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Rebecca was thoughtful and funny. I thoroughly enjoyed her. Very knowledgeable.

Federico B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

Great tour. Our guide Hana was very knowledgeable and pleasant. Great guide. Would definitely recommend this tour. Interesting place.

Benjamin B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

Great tour, guide was friendly and knowledgeable and it was a very good price considering all of the places we went.

Ivan I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2015

Erica was very njce and accomodating and we had a very interesting tour

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