Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Product ID: 63099
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Experience the extraordinary Korean Demilitarized Zone on the South Korean side, and learn about the war between the North and South and how the demilitarized strip of land came about. Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory.
About this activity
Duration 6 - 10 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English

Pick-up service

Your centrally located hotel in Seoul. If your hotel or guesthouse is located elsewhere or difficult to access, the guide will meet you in front of the nearest accessible hotel or subway station.
Easy cancellation
Cancel up to 24 hours in advance for a full refund

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the extraordinary Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea
  • Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory
  • Experience one of the world's most unusual tourism destinations
  • See the rail station designed to connect the North and South in the future
  • Select the option to enjoy Korean style lunch and real shooting experience.
Full description
Depart Seoul and journey to one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Created by the Korean Armistice Agreements of July 27, 1953, the 155-mile long military demarcation line (MDL) has a 2-kilometer wide demilitarized zone on each side. 

En route to the DMZ, pass Imjingak Park where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Discover the "Bridge of Freedom" used by repatriated POWs and soldiers returning from the North. Pass through Unification Village and see the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall. Continue to the Third Tunnel for one of the main highlights of your tour.   
  
The Third Tunnel
Explore the massive tunnel dug by North Korea as part of their plan to invade South Korea if war had erupted and the tunnel had not been discovered in 1978. It spans over 1,635 meters and is 2 meters wide and 2 meters tall. It has been estimated that around 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour if needed. Once it was found, North Koreans insisted it was intentionally made by the southern army to invade North Korea, but their insistence has been demonstrated to be false. Next, go to the nearby Dora Observatory for some once-in-a-lifetime views. 
  
Dora Observatory
Located on the South Korean side of the 38th Parallel, on top of Dorasan (Mount Dora), the Dora Observatory looks across the Demilitarized Zone and is the part of South Korea closest to the North. Catch a rare glimpse of the reclusive state through binoculars from the 304-square-foot, 500-person capacity building. See the North Korean propaganda village in the DMZ and admire a remnant of the nation's prosperous past. Look beyond as far as the city of Kaesong. Then, marvel at Dorasan Station, designed as the station to connect the railroads of the South and North in the future.

Return to Seoul via Imjingak Park and benefit from drop off at City Hall Subway Station or Myeongdong Lotte Hotel.

If you wish to have a full DMZ experience, select the option to have an authentic Korean style lunch (Bibimbap) and real shooting experience back in Seoul. On Mondays when Paju DMZ is closed, take the special Monday tour which visits another DMZ area in Gangwon Cherwon city, where you can explore the 2nd infiltration tunnel, old North Korean Labor Party office, and Woljeong-ri train station where trains used to run between Pyeongyang (North Korean capital) and Seoul.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Hotel pick-up from centrally-located Seoul hotels
  • Lunch (if option is selected)
  • Shooting experience (if option is selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off

When you get there

Meeting point
Know before you go
• Since the DMZ and JSA are operated by the military, the trip may be cancelled without prior notice
• This tour is not available on National Holidays
• The tour is open to all tourists. No country restrictions, age limits or dress codes apply
• The tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Not recommended for participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions, or for pregnant women
• A current valid passport is required on the day of travel. Please remember to bring it with you
• The schedule may be subject to change due to the weather and military reasons. A refund will not be granted in this case. Instead you will visit: Imjingak, Art Space BEAT 131, Odusan Unification Observatory, War Memorial of Korea, City Hall or Myeongdong
• Due to the nature of this tour and the safety of all guests, the tour operator reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. If this is the case, you will not be entitled to a refund