Paju-si, South Korea Outdoor activities

Our most recommended Paju-si, South Korea Outdoor activities

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, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan Bridge Guided Tour

2. From Seoul: DMZ, 3rd Tunnel, and Gamaksan Bridge Guided Tour

Choose options of pickup, private tour, or meet your guide before traveling together to the DMZ. See Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a historical steam locomotive. Travel to a tunnel dug by North Korea, see observatories and visit the unification villages in the DMZ. Drop by 3 stops at Imjingak - Freedom Bridge, Mangbaedan Altar, and a steam locomotive that was destroyed during the Korean war. Board a bus with your guide (or group) and continue on to the DMZ. Visit four different places within the DMZ. First, arrive at The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel by walking (or monorail if private option is selected) and see a tunnel dug by North Koreans to invade South Korea. Next, explore Dorasan Observatory, the northernmost observatory of North Korean territory. Then arrive at Dorasan Station, which is the northernmost station in South Korea, connected to Pyeongyang Station. You’ll also have a chance to visit some Unification Villages during your tour of the DMZ. Finally, visit the suspension bridge at Gamaksan, where the allied forces fought a fierce battle in the Korean War. Take a 15 to 20-minute hike and marvel at the stunning natural beauty at the top of the bridge. For a private tour, you can select to visit the Majang Suspension Bridge at beautiful Majang lake which was the scene of a battle in the Korean War. It has now been turned into a scenic destination with the longest suspension bridge in South Korea, where you can walk the 256-meter bridge.

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.

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What people are saying about Paju-si, South Korea

Gina and Sebastian are such lovely and very competent tour guides! I was surprised of how much I could get from this tour. Hence why, for this price, I‘m more than happy and I can see their effort for providing a good tour. What I especially like is, that, they gave us plenty of free time to take pictures and look at the place by our own. I‘ve taken several tour guides to the DMZ and this is one of the best ones I‘ve chosen. Unlike other tour guides, this one is not exhausting at all. You will not be tired of the tour although it starts at around 6:30am. But for a special reason: The DMZ only accepts around 400 visitors per day. That Gina and Sebastian are able to make reservations is a lot of effort as well. You will be more than happy at the end of the tour.

This is a must-do on any South Korea itinerary. It’s an exceptional way to learn more about the history of Korea, the plight of defectors and the hopes for the future. Stopping by some of the most historical sites before glimpsing the North helps to contextualise and enhance appreciation for the whole day. Excellently organised, our guides ensured we had the best experience possible by maximising time at each location. The guides are incredibly knowledgable and friendly.

There is not a wasted second in this tour. Every part of it is essential viewing. For me it ends on its strongest note: looking into North Korea using mounted telescopes. Seeing the giant NK flag rising out of the mist and the people cycling about their day in heavily degraded cities, it was profound. The guide was also amazing! She was engaging, informative, and funny. Really made the trip more enjoyable.

Early morning start but it’s because the guides need to line up to buy tickets so it’s very worth it. There are places to get snacks or food in the morning too.

Joung was fantastic!! She was informative, funny and a fabulous tour guide. Wonderful tour! A must do while in Seoul.