Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) And JSA Panmunjom Tour From Seoul

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While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience the infamous border that divides North Korea and South Korea. Learn from an expert guide about the role of the DMZ and the negotiating site of the JSA, from the Korean War to the present. You’ll visit the Freedom Bridge and the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and observe life on the other side from the Dora Observatory.

Highlights

  • Comprehensive tour by bus/coach
  • Day trip (destination A to B)
  • Fully narrated tour
  • Get inside tips from a local
  • Informative, friendly and professional guide
  • Led by a local guide
  • Likely to Sell Out
  • Once-in-a-Lifetime Experience
  • Perfect introduction for first-time visitors
  • Step back in time on a history tour

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After pickup from your Seoul hotel in the morning, hop aboard your comfortable coach and head to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which divided North and South Korea during the Korean War. Now the worlds most heavily fortified border, the DMZ includes historical sites of conflict as well as the last remnants of the Cold War.

Drive along Freedom Road, which stretches along the banks of the Imjin River bordered by an 8-foot (2.4-meter) razor wire fence and military watch posts and stop in Imjingak Park to see artillery used during the Korean War. Continue to Freedom Bridge and explore the area on foot as you learn from your guide about the nearly 13,000 POWs who crossed on their return to freedom in South Korea.

Re-board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, believed to have been planned as a military invasion route by North Korea. In the DMZ exhibition hall, which now stands as a monument to peace, youll see photographs and war artifacts on display. Afterward, head to the Dora Observatory to look through telephoto lenses and observe the village of Kijongdong as your guide describes life on the other side. After a stop at Dorasan Station, proceed to the Unification Village to witness life in this small farming community.

Your guide will take your group to a local restaurant for lunch before the Panmunjom portion of your tour. Situated in the middle of the DMZ, this former truce village was the site of the 1953 armistice, ending the Korean War and splitting the peninsula in two. The JSA was established as the negotiating site between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC) and is now used for diplomatic dialogue by the two Koreas.

First, pass through a series of checkpoints where your ID will be verified, and stop at Camp Bonifas, a small base where about 5,000 U.S. and South Korean soldiers reside just 440 yards (402 meters) south of the DMZ. Disembark from the bus and head to Ballinger Hall to watch a slideshow, hear historical facts about the JSAs significance and receive a briefing.

Visit the Freedom House, a four-story building topped with a transparent roof, a facility that functions as a liaison between the South and the North. Visit a conference room and hear how the house supports various forms of inter-Korean dialogue, contracts and exchanges.

Your final stop is the Bridge of No Return, first used for POW exchanges in 1953. The bridge was named for the irreversible choice of whether to remain in the country of their captivity or return to their place of origin. Afterward, your guide will accompany your group back to Ballinger Hall before your return to Seoul.

Inclusions for Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) And JSA Panmunjom Tour From Seoul

  • Entrance fees
  • Expert guide
  • Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
  • Hotel pickup
  • Lunch

Exclusions for Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) And JSA Panmunjom Tour From Seoul

  • Gratuities (optional)
  • Hotel drop-off

Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 7 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability

A current valid passport is required the day of travel

Minimum age of 12

A strict dress code applies for all visitors: "faddish, extreme, torn, tattered, frayed, overly provocative or otherwise inappropriate" clothing is not allowed. Sports clothes (incl. tracksuits), military clothing, oversized clothing, sheer clothing, sleeveless shirts/tops, tank tops, anything that bares the midriff or the buttocks, and flip flop-type sandals are specifically banned

Please check the restricted countries for this tour: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria

Please follow the instructions of your tour guide when and where to take photos

If a part of tour itinerary is cancelled by unexpected military condition of Panmunjom, there will be no refund

For tours on Saturday, the UN requires a scanned color copy of all passengers' passports upon booking. Your reservation will be canceled automatically if your passport copy is failed to be received on time

For tours not on Saturday, the UN requires a scanned color copy of all passengers' passports at least 7 days before the travel day. Please send your passport copy to the local tour operator within 3 days upon making the booking. Your reservation will be canceled automatically if your passport copy is failed to be received on time

Not recommended for participants with back problems and people with hearing impairment, due to the nature of the tour

Cancellation Policy
All sales related to this product are final and non-refundable. In case you wish to cancel the reservation you will be charged 100% cancellation fees.
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  • Phenomenal experience. Knowledgeable guide who made sure we got to see and experience everything. The lunch at a local restaurant was a big plus, but the whole tour was great. You get to do everything on the DMZ bucket list.

  • Phenomenal experience. Knowledgeable guide who made sure we got to see and experience everything. The lunch at a local restaurant was a big plus, but the whole tour was great. You get to do everything on the DMZ bucket list.

  • The most interesting parts of this tour are only allowed to a few tourist companies, as in this case. There're reasons for this. The special conditions of the DMZ demand a very professional way of managing the tourism. This people know how to do it. Although it isn't the cheapest activity, the value is good. There, you can almost smell the war but also hope. I'd recommend this visit to anybody interested in Politics and History.
    By the way, I was a bit afraid about the recently bulldozed areas. The only reason I could imagine was to make more difficult the stealth approximation from North Korea. I wondered if the tension in the border were higher than you could see in the news. A week later was informed that president Trump had been cancelled a surprise trip to the area cause of the fog. The vegetations cleaning had been made thinking in Trump.

  • Interesting tour and glad we did it. Brother had served in the US army there, so we were especially interested in seeing the area. There was quite a bit of waiting around. Discovered that the area is set up for mass tourism,
    We did wonder if checking our passports so many times was really necessary.
    A few days later, the DMZ was in the news as a North Korean escaped to the South there.

  • This was an excellent tour. My son and I enjoyed the tour a lot. We a an American Army soldier as our guide once we got to the JSA and he was very informative. We did not see any North Korean guards while we were there. It was a very informative trip.

  • Excellent tour guide. Coming from a country with no conflict it was interesting to hear the struggles. Also the tour to Panmunjom is very regimented. The UN police officer was very knowledgeable. Great sites to be seen too

  • Fantastic tour! It was a very informative tour, with so many things to see. We were able to visit the JSA, which was the highlight of the trip for me, but everything else on the tour was fantastic. I'd take the tour again. The only downside was that it was a bit hazy/foggy that day, so visibility was limited. Otherwise, I can't recommend it enough. Also, please listen to your military tour guides, when they tell you no photos, please don't make it awkward for everyone else and start taking pictures. Definitely plenty of chances to take pictures around the JSA and DMZ.

  • Excellent day trip! A packed day with plenty to see, and very well-organised considering the guides are in charge of a large number of people, often with separate schedules. A fascinating tour from start to finish!

  • Very good, well informed tour, but the logistics could be better explained. For example, we had very limited guidance on when and how to get from the 8th floor starting point to the buses 2 for our group out of about 8 parked on the road outside and had to fend for ourselves.

    As a side point, maybe I should've gone a day later... another North Korean defected today the day after my tour. I imagine there was a lot of excitement in the JSA this morning!

  • The pick-up service was great. Our guides were very competent and the whole tour was well orchestrated. Furthermore the soldiers at the JSA were really friendly and willing to take questions. The JSA is by far the best part of the tour, but the other sites are good as well - Dora Observatory for example.

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