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Seoul: NLL Tour With a North Korean Defector

Product ID: 184454
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Co-designed by the GetYourGuide team, this tour takes you to several major spots, and also allows you to interact with a North Korean defector who can enlighten you about the life and history of North Korea.
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Duration 7 hours
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English, Korean

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  • Listen to enlightening stories from a real North Korean defector
  • Take part in a Q&A session and ask all the questions you want
  • Discover the Northern Limit Line, the maritime demarcation line between North & South
  • See real villages and people in North Korea from 2.3km away at Ganghwa Peace Observatory
  • Explore Gimpo Marine Park and its warship and learn about the war artifacts
  • Seoul

  • 1.5 hours

  • Northern Limit Line (guided tour)

  • Ganghwa Island (walk)

  • 1.5 hours

  • Myeongdong

4 hours

Meeting point
Main stop
Full description
With its mysterious and forceful regime, North Korea has not be discovered much by global media and tourism. However, there still are 30,000 North Korean defectors who are living in fear, devastation, and a desperate desire to escape. In order to run away from censorship, restraint, and extreme control over people's lives, some risk their lives to come to South Korea in search of freedom. With this tour, you will be able to meet and talk to North Korean defectors who have successfully settled in South Korea and can provide a more realistic and accurate picture of North Korean life.

On the way to and from the DMZ and at each stop within the DMZ, you will hear from the North Korean defector and the tour guide about the reality of North Korea and two perspectives coming from two Koreas regarding the tragic Korean War. Bring insightful questions to ask the defector about North Korean life, the whole journey to come to South Korea, and other factors about Korean history.

Please Note: The DMZ is indefinitely closed due to swine flu. If you select the Substitute Tour, you'll get to tour the Northern Limit Line, Ganghwa Peace Observatory to see North Korean farmlands and civilians, and Gimpo Marine Park where war artifacts are kept in a military ship. Lunch is not included. You will learn more about the history of North Korea, and learn what life is like there, in a Q&A with a North Korean Defector.

At the end of the journey, have some tea and ginseng product tasting at Ginseng center while asking even more questions to your tour guide and North Korean defector about your tour and things that you were curious about. If you select the lunch option, try Bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish with rice and various ingredients, or North Korean style cold noodles, a traditional North Korean dish which was offered for both Korean leaders in the recent summit. You will head back to Seoul, near the City Hall, at around 1:00-2:00 PM depending on your selected option and the traffic.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • North Korean defector tour guide
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pick-up service - if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel drop-off

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Meeting point

Meet in the lobby of the President Hotel. Address: 16 Eulji-ro, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea.

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Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
Know before you go
• The DMZ is indefinitely closed due to Swine Flu, please select Substitute Tour for the alternate tour.
• Sneakers are required for your safety
• Every tourist must travel on the authorized bus and follow the time and photo regulations
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Please arrive at least 10 minutes before departure at the meeting point
• If you have selected the hotel pick-up option, please be ready to depart 10 minutes before pick-up time

From US$ 65 per person

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Cosmojin Tour Consulting

Product ID: 184454