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Overview

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.
  • 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.
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.

Reviews

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R
, 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.

Y
, May 2018

Amazing! You have to listen and and follow directions. Great tour!

h
, May 2018

This tour is an eye opener. great way to experience the DMZ and JSA

R
, 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!

J
, 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.

A
, Mar 2018

The DMZ is fine if your schedule is tight, but the JSA is fascinating and worth the extra time.

L
, 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.

M
, 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.

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.

O
, Feb 2018

great trip and totally Worth every won we paid.


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