From Seoul: DMZ Zone and JSA with Optional Defector Guide

Product ID: 142314
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Get an insight into life in the world's most mysterious nations. Visit the United Nations-controlled Joint Security Area and Demilitarized Zone on the border of North and South Korea. Select the tour with a North Korean defector to enrich your experience.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live guide
English, Korean
Cancellation policy
This activity is non-refundable

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Experience

Highlights
  • Step into North Korea in the UN-managed Joint Security Area
  • Learn about the Military Armistice Commission Conference Room
  • Venture into secret tunnels dug by the military of North Korea
  • Get a rare glimpse into the reclusive state from Dora Observatory
  • Listen to the North Korean Defector sharing the reality of North Korean society and unreal escape stories
Full description
Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and officially enter North Korea at the Joint Security Area (JSA) on a full-day tour with North Korean defector from Seoul. This unique experience would let you understand better about the mysterious North Korea and its real-life aspects.

Go to Imjingak park just 7 kilometers from the demarcation line, built in 1972 in the hope that unification of the 2 nations would one day be possible. See the Bridge of the Freedom, where South Koreans crossed when they returned home. Stand on Unification Bridge and explore sites such as the Dora Observatory, where a rare glimpse of the reclusive state can be seen through binoculars. Venture into the Third Infiltration Tunnel, believed to have been planned for a military invasion by North Korea.

Immerse yourself in the history of the zone through numerous artifacts from the Korean War. Enjoy lunch in the defector-owned restaurant, and then see the conference room where leaders from both nations meet. Cross the official demarcation line into North Korea and take souvenir photos of the villages in the distance. On your way back, have a thorough Q&A session with North Korean defector to learn about North Koreans’ lives and how the defectors are adapting to the new lives in South Korea.
Includes
  • English-speaking guide
  • Knowledge, Q and A, and Guidance with a North Korean Defector (if option selected)
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • License to enter the Joint Security Area and Demilitarized Zone
  • Access to sites including the Unification Bridge, Camp Bonifas, Freedom House, Conference Room of the Military Armistice Commission, UN Guard Post 3, Bridge of No Return, Imjingak Park, DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Jinseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet and the site of the Axe Murder incident
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop off
  • Personal expenses

When you get there

Meeting point
Know before you go
• You must be 11 years old or above to take part
• No refunds are available after booking
• Color copies of all passports must be sent to the local tour operator after booking
• Bring your passport on the day of travel
• The site is closed every Sunday and Monday, and on national holidays, except Korean New Year and Thanksgiving Day
• Rules and instructions from your guide and military personnel must be followed at all times
• Unannounced military exercises or adverse weather may result in cancellation. An alternative itinerary will be offered
• Shorts are not permitted. Skirts and dresses must be knee length. Sandals, flip-flops and slippers are not permitted. Shirts must be collared. T-shirts are not permitted. Wear smart trousers. Jeans are accepted but must not have holes. Tank tops, exercise clothes, stretch pants and tights are not permitted
Customer reviews
Overall rating
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based on 113 reviews
Review summary
Service
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Organization
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Value for money
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Safety
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Cosmojin Tour Consulting

Product ID: 142314