Premium JSA Only Tour with North Korean Defector

Product ID: 171607
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Visit the Dora Observatory and the Joint Security Area for a full-day educational tour about the history and current situation of the two Koreas. Hear a speech and Q&A by an actual North Korean defector and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch.
About this activity
Duration 9 hours
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Live guide
English, Japanese, Korean
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  • Experience the reality of North Korea and gain a better understanding of the political situation
  • Hear from a North Korean defector about life in North Korea
  • Learn about North Korea through educational media at the Dora Observatory
Full description
This tour begins with a visit to the state-managed Odusan (Dora) Observatory, which looks out across the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Here, many talks are held about North Korean issues and the Korean People’s desire for unification. At the observatory you’ll watch educational videos and then listen to a speech given by a North Korean defector, followed by a Q&A session. Visit the exhibition hall to better understand Korean history and enjoy a traditional North Korean performance.
After a delicious lunch of bulgogi or bibimbap, you’ll visit the village of Panmunjom, where the Joint Security Area (JSA) is located.  First, you’ll take the bus from Camp Bonifas in the Military Armistice Commission Headquarters area. Then, listen to a briefing before travelling on to the Panmunjom conference room, used by the two Koreas for various diplomatic engagements and negotiations. You’ll then transfer to a military bus and move inside military area.

Throughout your tour, your guide will help you to gain an accurate understanding of the North Korean regime and the implications of its policies and philosophies on the countries around it, as well as on the rest of the world. After your tour, you will return to the Koreana Hotel in Seoul at around 5:20 PM.
  • Round trip transportation
  • North Korean defector speech and Q&A session
  • Tour guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Lunch (bulgogi or bibimbab)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel pick-up or drop off service

When you get there

Meeting point

On your tour day, please come to the Koreana Hotel office BLDG 8F by 9:10 AM with your passport. From Gwanghamun St. subway station (Line 5 /#533) head to the Koreana Hotel then to the office building entrance and finally to office 803.

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Know before you go
• Tour runs from Tuesday to Friday except military training days and national holidays
• You must have your passport on you at all times during the tour
• Passport scan required to complete your reservation by 3 days before the tour date. Koreans should scan their overseas resident registration issued by the Korean Embassy and attach it in an e-mail along with their passport number and name at least 3 days prior to the tour date
• Children under the age of 10 years old are not allowed to visit the JSA
• While on tour if any part of the program is cancelled due to unavoidable circumstances, it is non-refundable.

Dress code, if not followed, the escort soldier may not allow you to continue the tour to the JSA:
• No Shorts
• Skirts/dresses need to be at least knee length
• No sandals, flip-flop or slippers
• No t-shirts: must be collared shirts
• Civilian clothes preferred
• Jeans accepted with no holes
• No tank tops
• No exercise clothes
• No stretch pants/tights