After a hotel pickup in downtown Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the world’s most protected border, dividing North and South Korea since the Korean War.
Visit Imjingak Park to see the artillery that was used during the Korean War. Walk to the Freedom Bridge and learn about the nearly 13,000 POWs who crossed it on their path to freedom in South Korea. See the Third Infiltration Tunnel, one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea.
At the DMZ Museum, take a look at the photographs and war artifacts on display. Then head to the Dora Observatory to look across the DMZ into North Korea and learn about life on the other side. After a stop at the restored Dorasan Station, the railway station that once connected North and South Korea, proceed to the Unification Village to see what life is like in this small farming community.
Stop for lunch a local restaurant before beginning the second half of the tour, the Joint Security Area (JSA) or Panmunjom, a former ‘truce village’ that is now used for diplomatic dialogue between North and South Korea.
Identifications will be verified at a checkpoint, then stop at Camp Bonifas, formerly a United Nations Command military post located 400 meters south of the DMZ. Here, enjoy a slideshow with historical facts about the JSA’s significance.
Visit the Freedom House, a facility that functions as a liaison between North and South Korea, and finally, the Bridge of No Return, first used for POW exchanges in 1953.
The tour ends with a return trip to Seoul.