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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

1. Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Journey to one of the most meaningful tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Gain an understanding of Korean history and culture. First, visit Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel passes through bedrock 240 feet (73 m) below ground. You can go inside the tunnel on foot. Once you're back on the surface, your guide will take you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dorasan Observatory. In good weather, you can see all the way to North Korea without using the observatory's telescope. Look out at the 2.4-mile (4-km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul. Half-Day Tour 5:30-6:40 AM hotel pick up & Meeting point → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Drop-off around 2:00 PM Half-Day Tour and Shooting Experience 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Around 2:00 PM indoor shooting range in Myeongdong → Drop-off Full-Day Tour - DMZ and City Tour 5:30-6:30 AM hotel pick up → Imjingak Park → Freedom Bridge → DMZ Theater/Exhibition Hall → 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dorasan Observatory → Unification Village → Imjingak Park (pass by) → Around 2:00 PM lunch (Bibimbap) → Gyeongbokgung → Insadong Street→ Drop-off around 5:00 PM

From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

2. From Seoul: DMZ Half- or Full-Day Trip

Join a day trip from Seoul for a guided tour of the Demilitarized Zone on the border of North Korea and South Korea. See the world's most heavily fortified border and gain insight into the Korean War. Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory. Begin the tour with a pickup in Central Seoul and travel to Imjingak Park. Upon arrival at Imjingak Park, see the Freedom Bridge and the old steam locomotive, which shows the tragedy of the Korean War. Pay your respects at a memorial for the soldiers who died in the Korean War. Enter the real DMZ to discover the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and DMZ Exhibition Hall to learn about South and North Korea's conflict. Visit the Dora observatory to see North Korea through telescopes and to get a peek at North Korea's propaganda village. At the end of the trip, relax as you travel back to Seoul, passing by Unification Village, and get dropped off at City Hall.  If you choose the full-day tour, you can enjoy an included lunch and a visit to the War Memorial of Korea.

From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

3. From Seoul: Half-Day Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

Head to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and see the strip of land between North and South Korea that symbolizes a decades-long conflict and an important chapter of world history. Start your tour at Imjingpak Park, situated only 7 km from the Demarcation Line, a tribute to the Korean War. Visit its observatory, monuments, and the Freedom Bridge, which was used to transport 13,000 prisoners home after the war. Continue to the Third Infiltration Tunnel, discovered in 1978, and witness an incomplete tunnel built by North Korea into the South that was denounced by the UN. Descend into history at the Dora Observatory and see into North Korea. Lastly, head to Dorasan Station, the last station before the DMZ and symbolic of the hope of reunification. Be dropped off at the City Hall in Seoul at the conclusion of the tour.

From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector Q&A

4. From Seoul: DMZ Tour with Optional North Korean Defector Q&A

See the reality of the most divided nation in the world, the DMZ (Korean Demilitarized Zone). Enter the restricted DMZ zone with your guide and gain access to key sights inside the DMZ on this guided tour from Seoul. See the Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and more. See key areas of security tourism, including the Third Tunnel built for invasion by North Korea, Dora Observatory where you can see North Korea, and Dorasan Station, a wish for unification. Recent news about the end-of-war declaration means that if you don’t take this opportunity to see the DMZ, you might miss out. Choose to add an optional session to meet a North Korean defector to learn about their story and an insider's view of their country.

Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

5. Seoul: DMZ, Gyeongbokgung Palace & City Tour

Since 1950, Korea has been divided into the North and South. North Korea has become more closed off, while South Korea continues to develop as a democracy and leading economy, sharing its culture with the rest of the world. The DMZ area is the only place that you can see the reality of the most divided nation in the world. This tour includes a military tourist guide, shuttle vehicle, and entrance fees to a venue that helps to explain the history of war. Your tour guides are professional security specialists, allowing you to learn about North and South Korean relations. Visit the Third Tunnel Experience, which was designed to invade South Korea by tanks, the observatory where you can view North Korean residents, the War History Pavilion, and Imjingak. Experience every aspect of the DMZ area.    You will also visit Gyeongbok Palace, where the king, his family and 2000 others previously lived as they ruled the nation. Be fascinated as you hear how the palace was run more like a modern day business - with employees and advisers - rather than as the royal-only complex that you might expect. 

From Seoul:Guided DMZ Tour with new arrivals from NorthKorea

6. From Seoul:Guided DMZ Tour with new arrivals from NorthKorea

Take a tour to Northern Limit Line from Seoul with a New arrivals from North Korea, and immerse yourself in history. New arrivals from North Korea came to Korea for freedom from a very different unimaginable world. The vivid tour that you will have while listening to the stories of North Korea's culture, history, and reality will be unforgettable for the rest of your life. This unique experience will give you a better understanding of the mysterious nation of North Korea and its real-life aspects. Visit the place that is closest to North Korea from South Korea, the Northern Limit Line. Afterwards you'll head to the Ganghwa Peace Observatory to enjoy views over North Korean farmlands and see the civilians who live there.

From Seoul: Korean Demilitarized Zone & Seoul Full-Day Trip

7. From Seoul: Korean Demilitarized Zone & Seoul Full-Day Trip

Travel back in time on this unique day tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). Travel from Seoul to Imjingak, only 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line. This park was built in 1972 in the hope that someday unification would be possible. Stand on the Bridge of the Freedom, where South Koreans crossed when they returned home, straddle the famous Unification Bridge and explore the key sites of the DMZ, like Dora Observatory. Venture into the Third Infiltration Tunnel dug by North Korea. Since 1974, four secret tunnels have been discovered crossing the Military Demarcation Line. They are believed to have been planned as a military invasion or infiltration route, and each tunnel is large enough for 30,000 soldiers to pass through in an hour. Immerse yourself in history at the DMZ Theatre, with a short documentary film and numerous relics and artifacts from the Korean War. Pause for lunch and enjoy a range of freshly prepared North Korean dishes in the defector-owned restaurant. Return to Seoul and discover Insadong – a place loved by global celebrities – and explore hundreds of art galleries, traditional handcraft shops, antique markets and traditional tea houses. Enjoy a tour of the National Museum of Korean Contemporary History, where the past, present and future exist together. The tour finishes in the early evening.

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What people are saying about House of Peace

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 2,070 reviews

Was an early start but well worth it to beat the queues and finish up by early afternoon. Coach was packed but it didn't feel like group was too big. Guide (can't remember her name) was a great English speaker, clear, funny, and willing to answer questions. Recommended (as with most things in Korea) that vegans / vegetarians bring their own food.

A must booked tour package. A half-day trip is just enough to experience & explore DMZ. And Mr. Young, our guide is a gem! Thank you for showing and guiding us through this wonderful experience.

Sadie was a fantastic guide. Really knowledgeable and could answer all my questions. Communication about where and when to meet was good. We did and saw a lot in half a day

I really enjoyed the whole experience of visiting the DMZ. Our guide Jung was terrific!

It was very educational and Jeong was amazing. Would love to go again when I come back!