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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

Great full day tour with knowledgeable guide!

The jsa DMZ tour was awesome! Our tour guide, SP was very nice and knowledgeable. The tour itself was very long but packed with a lot of activities. Make sure to follow the dress code although collard shirts weren't necessary, just look nice.

From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA with Optional Defector Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 09/16/2018

Brilliant tour, learned so much and our guide 'SP' was fantastic

This is a really good tour, the coach was comfortable, we saw everything we wanted to see and more and the lunch was nice too! Our guide was so informative and made sure we were all interested and learned so much! A real highlight of our trip to Korea - thank you so much!

From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA with Optional Defector Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/29/2018

A unique experience that shouldn't be missed

The tour is fast paced but you get to see the major highlights: Dorasan, JSA, Freedom Bridge, Infiltration tunnel, (and Freedom/Propaganda village from a far distance). It was also very easy to get to the Hotel President and meet up. Our guide, Mr SP Hong, was wonderful and very knowledgeable about the geopolitical climate, as was the US army escort once inside. Make the most of your time, so be ready when necessary. There isn't much time to mill around at each stop, so enjoy quickly!

From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA with Optional Defector Guide Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 08/01/2018

Saw everything I wanted to see, fantastic guide!

I’m from the U.S. and I’m in Seoul doing research, thought I’d go up to see the DMZ at some point. My favorite part of the trip was actually setting foot in North Korea at the JSA! Now that’s a story not everyone can tell! The third tunnel was extremely interesting, as well as the train station for the hopeful future. We also got to see the observatory and actually look into North Korea. Our guide was amazing too, incredibly well-educated. I thought I was quite informed on the history of the two Koreas, but he gave me much more insight into the situation and it’s making. I highly recommend this trip, but I would say if you have your heart set on the JSA you should go on a weekend. Sometimes it’s closed on weekdays but the guides aren’t told in advance.