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A deeper experience than just a bus ride to the JSA

I was really glad that we booked this tour with our guide, Shrek. The JSA had recently been closed, and that could be a killer for other tours. But for the Private DMZ Spy Tour, there was still plenty to see. The best part of the tour is the visit to the military outpost, where we really began to understand the dynamics of the DMZ. Shrek was excellent in both his knowledge and communication, so I was able to ask him many questions about North Korea, the 2 countries' relations, and anything else. He was balanced and thoughtful in his responses, which was much better than him just showing a SK bias (as other guides might). The tour also had stops at the presidential palace (where the NK spies tried an ambush in the 70's), the observatory, and it would have included the JSA if it had been open. We also used Shrek's car, so that added a great deal to the trip's convenience and flexibility. Overall, I'm really glad we did the DMZ Spy Tour. It was worth the extra money.

The only tour with unlimited access to a NK refugee.

The only way to visit the border is through a tour. This particular tour offers full access to a North Korean refugee. You will visit the area near the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Tunnel and the border railroad station. You’ll be able to ask any questions you wish of the refugee on the 90 minute ride back to Seoul. The tour guide will act as the interpreter. I honestly enjoyed this portion of the tour the most. Most people will be tired and shy (it’s a long day) and have no questions. You should ask as many questions as you wish because no other tour has this benefit. No question is off limits. Be warned the bus will also make a stop at a ginseng store where you will hear a sales pitch on the health benefits of Korean ginseng. One BIG warning: There are literally dozens of border tours daily with multiple companies. Thus, when you go to the pick up place (President Hotel) it will be extremely confusing. Just go in the lobby and ask.

Seoul: DMZ Tour With a North Korean Defector Reviewed by Steven, 11/11/2018

Should go Just to say you went to the DMZ (NOT THE JSA)

I booked the tour and they picked me up at my hotel and took me to the meeting point. Hotel pickup 7am and tour bus departed around 815am. Tour went to the 3 sites and finished back in seoul, central location around 3pm. A good tour, but my mistake, I wanted to see the JSA, thats the place to go to!! When you book a tour to the DMZ always see if it has JSA. Thats the one to go to. The infiltration tunnel was nice to go down (no cameras allowed), Dora observatory was okay. Not ebnough time to relax at a place and try to soak up the history and understand and appreciate the significance. Tour guide was great, tour was smooth. Worht the money to say you went to the DMZ!

From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 01/25/2019

Super, and a big thank you to SP, our Special Presenter :-)

Unfortunately the unannounced visit (amethyst or ginseng) at the end is not a good idea at all, when everybody is tired and not interested. It feels like push marketing and negatively affects an otherwise perfect and immaculate experience! Everything else was truly fantastic! Thanks so much :-)

From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/06/2019

Really enjoyed the DMZ, did not enjoy the shops.

The sights were very interesting and the defector has interesting things to say and share. I wish they charged a bit more for the tour and didn’t force the ginseng and amethyst tour, it really took away from the whole experience.

Seoul: DMZ Tour With a North Korean Defector Reviewed by Anonymous, 05/13/2019