Cheorwon DMZ Tour - Seoul

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Overview

You will see and feel the real military tension between South and North Korea. Cheorwon is the small city facing North Korea, therefore, you will have a chance to walk inside of infiltrated tunnel. There, you might see North Korean soldiers through binoculars at Peace Observatory. Because it's location is not easily accessible, Cheorwon is less famous than other DMZ places. But, if you join this tour, you will be brought in the middle of a battlefield where tens of thousands of soldiers died during the Korean War.
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Highlights

  • Excellent value for money
  • All entrance fees included
  • All taxes, fuel surcharges and service fees included
  • Lunch included
  • Hotel pickup included
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During the Korean War, Cheorwon changed hands several times between the UN invasion of North Korea and the Chinese invasion of South Korea. By 1951, the front line had stabilized, cutting across Cheorwon County, and the area became part of the Iron Triangle battlefield.

Following the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, the Korean Demilitarized Zone cut Cheorwon County into two, creating Cheorwon County in South Korea and Chorwon County in North Korea.

A number of Korean War sites in Cheorwon County are now tourist destinations including the Second Incursion Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, the former Woljeong-ri Station and the former Korean Workers’ Party Office.

The Second Incursion Tunnel is discovered at 800m (0.5 mile) south of Military Demarcation Line under Korean Armistice Agreement in March 1975. This incomplete tunnel is 3.5 km (2.2 mile) long, of 2 m (6 ft 5 in) maximum high and 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) wide. It runs through bedrock at a depth of 50 (164 ft) - 160m (525 ft) below ground. It was apparently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul from North Korea, and could accommodate 30,000 men per hour along with light weaponry. Initially, North Korea denied building the tunnel. North Korea then declared it part of a coal mine, the tunnel having been blackened by construction explosions. Signs in the tunnel claim that there is no geological likelihood of coal being in the area. The walls of the tunnel where tourists are taken are observably granite, a stone of igneous origin, whereas coal would be found in stone of sedimentary origin. A total of four tunnels have been discovered so far, but it is believed that there might be up to twenty more.

The Peace Observatory looks across the Demilitarized Zone. It is the part of South Korea closest to the North. Visitors can catch a rare glimpse of the reclusive North Korean state through binoculars.

Woljeong-ri Station was a small train yard where rail stock was stored or shunted before leaving for Wonsan, now in North Korea. At the site are remains of a train used by the North Korean army which was bombed by UN forces. "The windows of the train car are twisted toward the sky and the frame and the body of the train are crooked and rusty."

The former Korean Workers’ Party Office was located in the territory of North Korea by the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Therefore, this building was bombed mostly during the Korean War and it is almost destroyed.
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Inclusions for Cheorwon DMZ Tour

  • Professional guide
  • Entrance fees
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup (But if your hotel is not at Jung-gu, Jongno-gu, Gangnam-gu, or Seocho-gu, you need to come to Lotte Hotel Seoul (30 Euljiro, Jung-gu, Seoul)
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Exclusions for Cheorwon DMZ Tour

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Food and drinks
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Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required on the day of travel

A minimum of 2 people is required to book this tour but if you are traveling alone, you can join this tour at the price of 2 adults

There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there is unscheduled closing, or maintenance. In the event of this occurring, you will get full refund

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Cancellation Policy
  • If you cancel within 3 calendar days (72 hours) of the scheduled departure time, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel between 4 to 7 Calendar days before scheduled tour departure,the cancellation charge will be 50% of the undiscounted tour price.
  • If you cancel at least 8 calendar days in advance of the scheduled departure time, there is no cancellation fee. You will receive Full Refund for the paid amount.
  • Please note that in case of No show, the cancellation charge will be 100% of the listed tour fare.
  • Please note tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.
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  • I'm so glad I chose this tour: Alex was a wonderful tour guide, so informative, knowledgeable and fun! I learned so much about Korea, not just the DMZ. Plus, It was great to be in a group of 6 in a van instead of a bus load of people. This made it much more personable and relaxing to not fight the crowds. Bring water and snacks and wear comfy shoes for the tunnel you may get a little wet, which was definitely the highlight for me. To top it off, the lunch was delicious!

  • I can and #39;t say enough good things about this tour. If you want to see, really see the conflict that exists between N and S Korea, this is the way to do it. The semi private nature of this tour is perfect, away from the tour group hustle and bustle. Alex is an amazingly informative guide, amazing food.

  • I travel a lot for work and I coordinate a lot of logistics for a very very large global organization. I was skeptical of this tour because there weren't very many reviews but I am glad I did! I booked this tour because it is the only DMZ tour that is available on Mondays the other DMZ tour that everyone goes to--tunnel 3, panmunjom, etc--is closed on Mondays. I am really glad we chose this tour and to go on Monday! It is a two hour drive from Seoul and they pick you up in a nice comfortable private bus. Alex is very very funny and will give you some brief background and hilarious commentary on the history of Korea and the DMZ. This 2nd tunnel is not visited by that many tourists so you will likely be the only foreigners to visit. I highly recommend this tour because it is just SO easy. They take care of everything and you will feel like a VIP being driven around everywhere. It is not touristy or kitschy like the panmunjom tour. I will definitely recommend this tour to others and probably refer people to Alex in the future for other Seoul visits. Thanks!

  • I thought big group tour. But, only my couple formed the group.
    MIN-HO, the English speaking guy took the driving and guide role from SEOUL.
    I asked MIN-HO why this tour is available only on Monday. He said 99 DMZ tourists visit 3rd Tunnel Dora Observatory, but that tour is closed on Monday. So, I asked again Do you mean...this tour is inferior to 3rd Tunnel Dora Observatory tour? He said No...because there are so many tour operators are offering 3rd Tunnel Dora Observatory tours, our company doesn't need to compete with them. Unfortunately, most tourists join the tours without understanding where they are going.

    In the beginning, I was not sure if I chose good tour. But, I realized that I took very genuine Korea tour.
    We passed two security check points and we were screened by Korean soldiers. They requested to turn off the recording machine at front wind shield in the car. Our guide said we are not supposed to take photo/video in the car while the car is moving. Besides our car, only 2 cars join this tour. All Koreans except our couple!

    The first place was 2nd discovered tunnel. Two Korean soldiers assisted us to wear helmet and we went down through the real tunnel dug by North Korean. Bit scary because I heard 8 number of innocent Korean soldiers were died when they reconnoitered inside the tunnel for the first time.

    The second place was an observatory. Guide said there are more than 10 observatories around the border.
    After watching short video, we could have the chance of looking North Korean soldiers through binoculars. Luckily, we could see some North Korean soldiers who are working outside. Guide said they need to grow something because the food is not enough. Also, I was shocked when I saw the big guard post military building inside DMZ. This is South Korean building! The guide said he doesn't know how many such military facilities are operating inside DMZ and North Korea is operating the similar number of buildings inside DMZ too...in response to my question. I realized that this is a breach of Cease Fire Agreement.

    The third place was a ruin of small train station. And the last was the ruin of Labor Party Office. The both places were live until the break-out of Korean War. So, I asked How come this Cheorwon became the territory of South Korea? The guide replied Some places above-38 latitude owned by South Korea e.g., Cheorwon, some places below-38 latitude occupied by North Korea...at the time of cease fire agreement.

    Very pity this small country is separated for the last 60 years!
    I really hope they will be unified soon as per our guide's expectation.

  • Excellent, thoughtful tour with Alex through the DMZ. A highlight of our time in South Korea!

  • Alex was a WONDERFUL host for our day trip. He is very experienced, and he knows exactly where to take the tour group to get the 'real' experience - this is away from all the other tourists! We felt like it was a private chauffeured tour because we were given so much attention, and he went above and beyond to show us the countryside as well as answer all of my cultural questions even letting me practice my Korean phrases with him. Also, the lunch place was THE BEST! I'm not sure if everyone gets the amazing Donkatsu experience, but that was worth the money alone. But seriously, Alex was funny, knowledgeable, interested and interesting. Our time visiting the DMZ was enhanced by his presence and I would recommend this over any other tour. You would be very lucky to make it on to one of his tours. Thank you!

  • I've been to the Dora Observatory and 3rd infiltration tunnel before with the bus loads of other tourists. This tour was completely different! There were 4 of us in a minivan for the tour, and when we arrived in Cheorwon about 2 hours later, there were only about 5 other cars, all Koreans, joining the DMZ tour. There were no tour buses, no loud-speakers, no souvenir sellers, etc. We all drove into the secure area as a convoy, and our guide Alex gave us commentary in English while we were driving and also interpreted the Korean DMZ guide's commentary for us at each stop. We visited the 2nd infiltration tunnel, an observatory, former train station, and then had a huge lunch of Tonkatsu, which was delicious, before heading home. I would thoroughly recommend this tour for people who want an authentic experience and don't want to be herded around like cattle among thousands of other people at the other, more popular, DMZ area.

  • This was my second time to visit DMZ.
    Last time, I picked up a brochure at my hotel and joined the tour with around 10 people.
    But, it seemed like a theme park Very crowded and noisy. I couldn't feel any serious mood between two Koreas.

    By chance, I found this tour upon my inquiry What DMZ tour is.
    I realized that there are more places other than Paju DMZ my last DMZ tour place, which consists of 3rd tunnel and Dora observatory.

    As I expected, the distance is longer than Paju and we could access Cheorwon passing by several rural area in 1h50m.

    Two things make this tour special comparing to my previous DMZ tour.

    - We didn't need to get on the bus to go inside DMZ area.
    Last time, I had bad experience in the bus because the majority group people were very noisy and they didn't care other passengers. But, we traveled around by our car and 6 of us could talked each other while our guide was explaining something.

    - I could feel the real tension from the atmosphere. For example, I was startled at salute at attention when we pass by security check-point. Maybe, not many people were coming here.
    At the entrance of 2nd infiltrated tunnel, I saw the memorial pagoda for the soldiers who were died because they stepped on a mine while they were approaching the tunnel for the first time.
    Also, I could hear the some broadcasting in the distance. Our guide said it was came from North Korea in response to South Korea's broadcasting as a part of psychological warfare.

    It was very interesting experience.
    But, I hope this hostile environment will be defused soon.

USD 70.45