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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul

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Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and the Joint Security Area (JSA) to see the border that divides North and South Korea on this guided, full-day adventure from Seoul. Learn about the role of the DMZ and JSA from the time of the Korean War to modern day. Visit Imjingak Park, the DMZ Museum, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, the Freedom House, the Bridge of No Return and much more. Plus, look across the DMZ into North Korea from the Dora Observatory. Lunch, entrance fees and hotel pickup are included.

Additional Details

  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Joint Security Area (JSA) tour from Seoul
  • See the demarcation of North Korea and South Korea at the infamous border with an expert guide
  • Visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall
  • Stop by the JSA’s Freedom House and learn about Bridge of No Return near Panmunjom
  • Learn about the Korean War and the tumultuous history of the once-unified country
  • Round-trip coach transport and lunch included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

The DMZ can only be visited with a guide, so book this tour for insight into Korean history and politics.
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Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
Hotel pickup
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

Departs from your Seoul city hotel

Departure Time

7:30 AM

Return Details

Concludes at Hotel President Seoul (Seoul City Hall)
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.
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 9 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • A current valid passport is required the day of travel
  • Minimum age of 12
  • A strict dress code applies for all visitors: "faddish, extreme, torn, tattered, frayed, overly provocative or otherwise inappropriate" clothing is not allowed. Sports clothes (incl. tracksuits), military clothing, oversized clothing, sheer clothing, sleeveless shirts/tops, tank tops, anything that bares the midriff or the buttocks, and flip flop-type sandals are specifically banned
  • Please check the restricted countries for this tour: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria
  • Please follow the instructions of your tour guide when and where to take photos
  • If a part of tour itinerary is cancelled by unexpected military condition of Panmunjom, there will be no refund
  • For tours on Saturday, the UN requires a scanned color copy of all passengers' passports upon booking. Your reservation will be canceled automatically if your passport copy is failed to be received on time
  • For tours not on Saturday, the UN requires a scanned color copy of all passengers' passports at least 7 days before the travel day. Please send your passport copy to the local tour operator within 3 days upon making the booking. Your reservation will be canceled automatically if your passport copy is failed to be received on time
  • Not recommended for participants with back problems and people with hearing impairment, due to the nature of the tour

All sales are final and incur 100% cancellation penalties.

  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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What is the pick up location?
We offer pick ups from most hotels. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul 2019

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  • "Do not forget to carry your passport when on this tour." See review


268 Reviews

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A must visit when you are in Seoul...
Raman G
, Jul 2018
A must visit when you are in Seoul. Both DMZ and SJA, just not only DMZ. We were lucky that the tour to JSA took place, as since April of this year, a number of tours to this region were cancelled because of the high level official meetings at the border between N and S Korea. The Saturday that we visited, it was just the second tour in the month of June that took place. We had booked two months in advance. This tour is in big demand. It was the best experience during our visit to Seoul visiting a very sensitive and tense zone. At the JSA intro meting we were made to sign individual undertakings that we are responsible if any mishap takes in the region. This signed undertaking was returned to us at the end of the tour as a souvenir. The Guide was good, however, the English communication could have been better. The lunch was good. I had a local veg cuisine. ie bibimbap. It was much better than that which I had in Seoul. The DMZ region included the Freedom bridge and the Observatory. From the Observatory you get a good view of the structures in North Korea. We also went into the tunnel that was found by S Korea that N Korea had dug to invade S Korea. The tunnel no 3 has been made a tourist attraction, with a visit to the actual tunnel that is 73 foot underground on a mono rail. there are 4 tunnels that have been located and closed by S Korea. You can walk to the main tunnel underground as well, but our tour was in a mono rail down 73 ft underground. At the end of the monorail, we walk the actual tunnel about 200 meters. Coming up to ground level is also in the monorail. In the highly sensitive and secure JSA area, the UN Army escort answered a lot of our questions. A number of stories are there of this region of escapes from and attacks by N Korea troops in the DMZ. We actually cross into N Korea and are allowed to take photos in designated areas only. According to the UN Army escort, they are not aware of any dress code that is applicable to visit JSA. This must therefore, be only from the tour operator side. Do not forget to carry your passport when on this tour. It gets checked a number of times. A long day. Start at 7 am and return around 7pm pick up from the Hotel exactly on time. The only drawback of the tour is that, we do not get dropped off at our Hotel on return.
Amazing! You have to listen and and...
Yvette W
, May 2018
Amazing! You have to listen and and follow directions. Great tour!
This tour is an eye opener. great way...
, May 2018
This tour is an eye opener. great way to experience the DMZ and JSA
If history and politics interests...
R. Ensley
, Mar 2018
If history and politics interests you and even if not, this tour is must see. It's easy to forget that North and South Korea are still at war until you ride the bus north of Seoul. It's about an hour bus ride, but it goes by quick thanks to the tour guides who fill you in with a brief history. The 3rd Tunnel, Dorasan Station, and Dora Observatory are all cool in their own right, but the highlight is the brief tour of the JSA . Standing on the steps of the Freedom House looking across at Panmunguk is quite the surreal experience. The time in the JSA is of course brief, but how much time do you really need to appreciate history and tension of the area? Lunch at the local restaurant was solid. The bus returns you to Seoul around 5:30 pm leaving you plenty of time for nighttime activities. Great day trip!
Great tour overall in terms of the...
Johann R R
, Mar 2018
Great tour overall in terms of the agenda. Travel time to the DMZ is around an hour from Seoul so pretty quick. Unfortunately, there was smog on the day I visited so the view from the Dora Observatory into North Korea was not good. Panmunjom was impressive but we were only allowed to spend very short time there which is probably due to security regulations of the US and South Korean army. Would be an even more amazing trip if you have great weather without smog/fog.
The DMZ is fine if your schedule is...
, Mar 2018
The DMZ is fine if your schedule is tight, but the JSA is fascinating and worth the extra time.
Had a great day on this tour, they...
Louis S
, Mar 2018
Had a great day on this tour, they arrived early to collect me from the hotel and the information delivered was most informative. The JSA area was most interesting and the lunch was delicious. The afternoon session in the DMZ was fantastic. The military officer who escorted us was polite informative and happy to answer any question asked. To be able to go into the blue buildings where the amistace was signed was great. Highly recommend this tour. It is a must.
This tour was everything I expected...
Mark F
, Mar 2018
This tour was everything I expected and more. Looking into North Korea from Dora Observatory was chilling, especially with the north's propaganda music blaring from across the border! At the JSA, you visit the conference room where the two sides meet face to face -- and actually stand in North Korean territory. Our two South Korean guides were excellent, especially Chloe, and the U.S. Army escort for the JSA tour was engaging and informative. I took this tour after working at the Olympics for 3 weeks and this was the highlight of my time in Korea.
A must do if you are in Seoul. We...
Danielle D
, Feb 2018
A must do if you are in Seoul. We spent just over 2 weeks in Korea and this was one of the highlights. Well organised,highly recomended.
Informative, beautiful and well...
Somy L
, Feb 2018
Informative, beautiful and well organised tour. JSA and Panmunjom is a must.

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