• Location: Seoul, South Korea
  • Duration: Varies

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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

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.

li_tianhui

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

For the price I paid, I really was not expecting much as the other dmz tours cost a lot more. However, I genuinely felt that this tour was amazing. The main thing that made me feel that way was our amazing guide who was incredibly knowledgable.

Vladimir E

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

My wife and I had a great time. We were picked up right at the hotel, which made it extremely easy for us being in an unfamiliar city. Our tour guide was knowledgeable and very friendly. It’s a great place to visit to learn more about tensions surrounding two countries.

Keith W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

Well organised tour, guide was excellent, gave a good overview of the DMZ . Tour was a great insight into the North Korean situation and to be able to see over the border was amazing. Would recommend this tour

jamesmlockwood

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

Really good tour, David was an excellent tour guide. Recommend the half day tour/half day with lunch as the full day tour only includes bus transport back to your hotel and free time at a market. So unless you're miles from city hall or a metro station there's no need to book the full day.

Farris R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

The trip itself did not offer much to see- in most cases it was us just imagining how things went during the war and the significance of these sites up till the present day- but our tour guide Daria really made the trip happen with her concise and clear commentary we found ourselves picturing what went down from her descriptions and efficient time management time allocated was fair. We went for the Full-Day package and felt that we could have spent more time on tour since it was the highlight of our time in Seoul.

Premysl S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017

Great and unforgettable experience! Plus Hans was an awesome guide. Very funny.

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