DMZ Past And Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour From Seoul

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
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  • Duration: 8 Hrs 30 Mins
  • Language:
    English
  • Departure Time :
    7:30am: half-day morning tours and full-day tour11am: afternoon tour , Exact pickup time varies depending on your hotel location; please contact the tour operator after booking to confirm your pickup .. read more
  • Departure Details :
    Hongik Univ. Station, Donggyo-dong, Seoul, South Korea
    Traveler pickup is offered
    If you cannot find your hotel information, please let us know.
    The tour operator will arrange the meeting pl.. read more
  • Return Details :
    City Hall Station, Jeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.

Overview

On this tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Seoul, feel the reality of Koreas turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and South Korea. Travel by comfortable coach and learn fascinating history from your expert guide about the role this zone played in the Cold War and the Korean War, and how it now stands as a symbol of both division and unification. Sites youll visit include Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall.

Highlights

All entrance fees included

Choice of morning or afternoon departure

Comprehensive tour of the city

Fully narrated tour

Great overview and orientation of the city

Informative, friendly and professional guide

Perfect introduction for first-time visitors

Step back in time on a history tour

Free hotel pickup and drop-off included

Know More about this tour

After pickup from your Seoul hotel at your selected departure time, you will be taken by comfortable coach to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a strip of land splitting North and South Korea, becoming one of the tensest fronts during the Cold War and the Korean War.

Stop first in Imjingak, a park located in the banks of Imjin River where youll see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict. Proceed to Freedom Bridge, crossed by nearly 13,000 Korean POWs on their return back to freedom. As you explore by foot, learn from your guide about the powerful significance of this bridge.

Re-board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. Here, learn about the role of these tunnels, which are believed to have been planned as a military invasion route by North Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades.

Continue to the DMZ exhibition hall to browse photographs and war artifacts. This hall now stands as a symbol of peace an attempt to mend the damages wrought by Korea's history.

Youll then be taken to the Dora Observatory, where you can use binoculars to scope out North Korea. Listen to your guide explain the lifestyle across the river as you observe the village of Kijongdong.

Next, head to Dorasan Station, a historic and symbolic spot that marks both the division and a gateway of exchanges between the north and the south. Proceed to the Unification Village to observe the daily life of this small farming community, which specialized in creating soybean milk, traditional soy sauce and corn goods. Then you'll stop by the Amethyst Factory or Ginseng Center before being dropped off at the Seoul City hall.

If you choose the morning tour or afternoon tour only, youll end back in Seoul at City hall. If you choose the morning tour with lunch, youll stop first at a local restaurant for lunch.

If you choose the full-day tour, youll enjoy lunch and then head to Insadong Antique Market, which was once the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. Browse the various shops, peruse crafts and bargain for that perfect souvenir with the help of your guide. Your tour will end here.

Inclusions

Entrance fees

Expert guide

Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

Hotel pickup

Lunch (if option selected)

Exclusions

Gratuities (optional)

Hotel drop-off

Tram

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

A current valid passport is required the day of travel.

You do not need to send a copy of your passport

Due to uneven surfaces, this tour is not recommended for those with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair

A moderate amount of walking through a steep and narrow tunnel involved - Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended

Participants must be physically fit to walk about 1300 feet (400 meters) at an 11 degree gradient

Traveler Reviews

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  • 16-Dec-2019

    Did not manage to go for the original tour due to government shut down but the alternative tour also provide good insight of the korean history and a better understanding of korean today.

  • 07-Oct-2019

    Trip was ok, nothing special but you’ll see the dmz. The tunnel is a but too much if you are a bit taller like me but you have plenty opportunity to go back halfway

  • 14-Jul-2018

    It was great in that we got picked up at our hotel and brought to several different sites along the way. What really upset us though was that we felt rushed and all the sites. Especially at Dora Observatory. We were only given 20 minutes, 12 of which were consumed by a video. The worst part was that while we were only given 20 minutes at the observatory, we spent nearly 45 at the tourist trap ginseng factory that wasnt listed on the tours itinerary making our drop off time much later than it should have been as a morning tour turned into an all day thing.

  • 13-Jul-2018

    Great tour and very informative! Really learned a lot.

  • 03-May-2018

    Schedual is very tight and should have more time in some attractions. Our guide Gemma was super and had a good knowleadge about Korean history and visited attractions.

  • 12-Apr-2018

    The tour was perfectly organized, everything was very precise and on time. We've got all official and non-official information about DMZ. Strongly recommended for everyone who is interesting in the earliest history.

  • 07-Apr-2018

    The DMZ tour was great, our guide, Sonya, was informative and interesting. I was interesting to learn about the history of the DMZ and be able to go into one of the tunnels, as well as an observatory. The tour itself is worth 4 stars.

    HOWEVER, what the description does not tell you is that you will be forced to stop at a Ginseng store on the way back to Seoul, and forced to listen to a sales pitch to buy ginseng. This was not what i signed up for and I will be more cautious in the future to read more reviews.

  • 04-Apr-2018

    We loved this tour, even with the obligatory overpriced shopping stops, which are easy to ignore. You get to see the infamous DMZ and see views from high above the border and into North Korea. One of their fake cities is even visible. Be sure to take the option and walk all the way down the access tunnel dug under the border. It is an enlightening experience.

  • 03-Apr-2018

    Our DMZ tour was one of the highlights of our trip to South Korea. So moving and gives a great insight into the political situations past and present. The new railway station awaiting the day of reunification is heart wrenching and wouldn't it be wonderful to see it in use during our lifetime!! The tour was sometimes a little rushed but it needed to be to fit everything in. We were very disappointed though that the JSA was not able to be visited during the time we were in Seoul. Our guide was very knowledgeable and happily answered our questions. Passage into the 3rd infiltration tunnel was great for those of us old fogies who were able to manage it. Be aware that it has a very steep entry and a very steep exit. My 72 year old husband with mobility issues was able to complete it quite comfortably and says it was one of his best experiences. I can highly recommend this trip to all.

  • 16-Mar-2018

    Our tour guide was very funny and gave us lots of great information about Korean history as well as present-day culture.

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