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Travel with a private guide to one of the most important pieces of territory in Korea, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has marked the division between North and South Korea since the Korean War. After pickup in Seoul, your guide shows you the highlights of the DMZ, including Imjingak Peace Park, a model North Korean village, and the invasion route that North Korean spy commandos used when they infiltrated the world’s most heavily fortified border in 1968. Visit the War Memorial of Korea back in Seoul, before drop-off at your hotel.

Highlights

  • Private DMZ tour along a spy commando infiltration route
  • See where 22 North Korean spies crept across the fortified border of the DMZ in 1968
  • Stop at an artillery base and witness North Korean village life at a civilian observation post
  • Experience Imjingak Peace Park and the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan-dong
  • Hear from an informative private guide about historic Korean War sites
  • Enjoy a lunch of barbecued duck, a North Korean specialty
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport from Seoul by private vehicle

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What You Can Expect

Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, grab your passport and travel by private vehicle to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a small but important strip of land that has divided line North and South Korea since 1953.

As you drive to your first stop in the DMZ, your guide shares facts that illuminate the history of the Korean conflict. Upon your arrival at Imjingak Peace Park, see war artifacts and an artillery base with an authentic M109 Howitzer. Then go inside the DMZ to visit an army base where 22 North Korean spy commandos infiltrated the border in 1968. Hear about North Korea's three-day battle with the South Korean army and US army and take the short climb to the military observation post.

For lunch, dine on North Korean–style barbecued duck (vegetarian meals arranged upon request), then walk to a nearby civilian observation point. Peek through a telephoto lens to observe a model North Korean village, learning from your guide about life on the other side of the border.

Head back to Seoul, stopping to search for traces of bullet marks that are etched in the surrounding rocks and trees — evidence of the fighting between the United States Forces Korea and North Korean spy commandos.

Finally, visit a key location for anyone interested in Korean military history: the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul at Yongsan-dong. The impressive building was once at the headquarters for Korea's Infantry, and has been transformed into a military museum with exhibits of military tanks, artillery and fighter planes.

At the end of your full-day tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.

Itinerary

Customer Reviews

Michal M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

It was great expirience. BJ, our guide, has plenty of knowledge about DMZ and korean national and millitary history. We have visited many places including korean war memorial and dmz. We have seen north korea territory, and fence where north korea infiltration commando came to south korea. We've also had great lunch, where we first time ate barbecue duck way koreans do. Thank you BJ.

Hoa Julia Vo T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

This was such an awesome experience. Shrek was amazing, extremely knowledgable, and really went above and beyond as a tour guide! It felt like we were on an adventure with an old friend--such was the degree of comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. We got to see a lot of exclusive things and learn so much about Korea and its culture on a personal level. Shrek even made sure that we got to our flight on time and was simply incredible the whole way through. When visiting any country, it's so rewarding to learn about their history as well, so every penny was worth the experience we got from this tour. We even took home a business card to recommend this to our friends in Australia!

Robert D

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2016

The car was comfortable and the driver was professional.

lflorea

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

This experience was great! BJ was the best guide ever. He know so many things and he knew how to make our trip wonderfull!

Suzshi L

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

My 11 year old son and I had such a great time learning about the DMZ and this invasion route. It was due to our amazing guide B.J. who was not only a gracious host, but also so well informed. He made the experience fun and meaningful, and we even learned about other aspects of Korean life and history. It was even better than I had expected, and would highly recommend this to everyone!

Martin I

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

One day before the tour started I got an email that it was cancelled because of military operations. I was disappointed and asked if there was any option to get another tour and what I got was awesome! Shrek the guide took me to several unique places and told me so much about Korean history. Because he served in the US army he knew many details about the todays defense tactics which was highly interesting. Shrek, thank you again for this tour! Anyone else: Go for it!

Nhon T

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

This trip was so amazing, but most memorial part of it is our tour guide, BJ. If you need a knowledgeable safe drive, considerate, then you should request to have him as your tour guide. Beside, the lunch was so good too.

Ronald B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

The pick up was on time. The driver had my name on an iPad screen so we found each other easily. We picked up a group from another hotel. They had left the same conference as I did so we made friends easily. The guide, Brian was friendly and so everyone was comfortable early on. The War Memorial was amazing. Wish I had more time there. We had to leave Seoul early to get to the several stops along the DMZ. We visited a look out to see a North Korean village, had a duck lunch at a South Korean village diner. It may have been odd if I didn't feel comfortable with the rest of the group as it was a self serve family style meal. We went to a military outpost and had an insightful interaction with a young training officer who explained the day to day operations guarding a section of border. We finally visited an area where the North Korean commandos entered to try to assassinate the South Korean leader. The last bit was a bit staged. This tour does not actually enter tunnels, but that should be obvious from the preview when you book. Great day and good value for money.

Wendell S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

We loved t. Shrek was great and we learned so much about the Korean war and post war events.

Robert H

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

I had a very good tour. My tour guide was knowledgeable and spoke English well.

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