• Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration: Flexible
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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

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

Ala E Kuwait

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

A day trip that will appeal to those with an interest in the history of the conflict in the Korean Penensula.

William C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very informative guide and the tour was packed with historical sites/information. Not much to see at the end of the 3rd tunnel hike but was well worth it just to be able to see the underground environment and tunnel itself. The climb back up to ground level was extremely strenuous.

Terry S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended April 2018

Very good tour, definitely worthwhile doing. Our host Gemma was excellent and made the trip what it was. She provided great information and lead the group well

Vishalini Mona V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

This was an excellent trip. They confirmed the evening before, were on time to pick up from the hotel. The guide was very engaging. I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would mention which did not align with the trip was taking us to a Ginseng center on the way back, though the history was interesting, it was a sale promotion. But on the whole, a great trip. Thanks

lambelvina

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

it's pretty good.

cmbil

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2018

Very organized! Thank you Viator.

Bradley M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip, reasonable price. Our guide, Sunny, was great and I learnt a lot about Korea and its recent history, made all the more poignant against the grand backdrop of the sights - it is definitely a trip that will stay with me as an aside, if you are interested in ancient history then I recommend one of the regular palace tours in Seoul that is included in the price of admission. A good guide is vital and Sunny handled the large group really well, it didn't feel rushed or impersonal as coach trips can do can do sometimes. The meal at the end was nice.

Monarose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Our guide was very knowledgeable with the DMZ tour since he is a Korean soldier. We felt lucky because he was our guide. He ensured safety to all of us. We were given just a small time to visit some sites but it was understandable since this is only a half day tour. Generally, we were happy with it.

DAZ

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Absolutely fascinating tour - well worth the modest expense. My wife and I could not believe we were looking at North Korea - we have photos to prove it. I will admit, the family members back home were freaking out just a bit because of all the news about the North Korean missiles of late.Every part of the tour was amazing!!! Highly recommended.

MARIO ALBERTO I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Great tour guide, i wish he could have talked more about the two Koreas. The tour is well worth it. For the tunnel, be prepared as it it very hard to go back up.

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