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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  • The tour was very accommodating, instead of a hotel, they picked us up outside of Hongik University station since we stayed in an Airbnb in the Hongdae area. David Kang our tour guide was very informative, entertaining, and friendly He was only with us for the first half of the trip, the DMZ, but it was a great experience. The second half was very exciting, you could really feel the tension of the Korean conflict as you enter camp Bonifas and subsequently Panmunjom. We had joined another group for this part of the tour, and we didn't catch our guide's name, but she was also very knowledgeable, engaging, and enthusiastic. I highly recommend doing both the DMZ and the JSA, can't miss out on learning about such an integral part of Korean history.

  • It was interesting to see the DMZ and JSA in real life rather than through sensationalist media. Morning pickup from hotel was quite convenient. However, lunch was quite bad - probably the worst meal I've had in Korea. Consider bringing snacks. Also, some parts of the tour could definitely be much shorter.

  • Overall we enjoyed it. We booked this tour because it had such high ratings and so we paid a bit more thsn some of the other options. In hind sight it doesn't really matter who you book with as even paying the extra we didn't get very much commentary from the guide. The JSA part which was the most interesting, is run by the UN security so the experience will be the same whoever you book through. The tours on Viator are just sold through agents and then you are loaded onto a bus with people who bookes through other agents so I would go for the cheapest option you can find that goes to the places you want to visit. We saw other groups getting led through places where we were just left on our own to look around and I think we missed out on some information this way. Less time at lunch we had like 1hr 45mins and more time at the third tunnel would have been preferred.

  • Excellent tour, which began with a hotel pick up. Visited a number of things along the way before heading into the DMZ. Would strongly recommend the full day tour and setting aside the whole day to appreciate the sheer scale of the DMZ.

  • This tour is a lot of fun, and realistically, something you may not be able to do forever. Such an amazing experience being on the border between the north and south, seeing soldiers faced off. The lunch they served us was excellent as well, great Korean meal. The only frustrating part was way too many people in our JSA group. The didn't tell us we only had about 6 minutes to take pictures inside the blue building and many people didn't get a chance to take a picture. Needs to be organized in a way that anyone who wants can get a picture on the north side of the building.

  • The DMZ tour was super cool. If you go be sure to take the full day tour including the JSA.

  • DMZ worth the trip, rest of tour was ok but not too exciting.

  • An interesting and comprehensive tour of the DMZ and JSA but I felt that it was treated like a theme park experience and dumbed down. We were unlucky in that our guide spoke far too much in poor English and constantly repeated herself but did not give us any information we had not known before. She told us little about the background, the Korean war, or the current political situation, which surely would fascinate anyone going on this tour at this time of nuclear threat. A friend went on the same day with a different group and had a great American guide who was very knowledgable, so it is luck of the draw which guide you get. The US soldier who escorted us to the JSA was good. It was definitely worth going but it could have been better.

  • This was the second time I've visited the JSA area and was taking my 19 year old American great nephew to see. It was very beneficial for him to visit this highly militarized area and feel the tension and potential for conflict in this area.

  • This was a great way to see the DMZ JSA and was very organized. We were lucky enough that it was open on the day we arrived, but would have liked to have a tour guide with us along each of the stops. Our DMZ guide was a soldier, and though he was knowledgeable, funny, and friendly, he wasn't technically a tour guide and therefore didn't come with us on each of the stops to give us history/background. This was fine as we were allowed to do our own thing, but it would have been nice to hear important facts. Lunch was really good and have no complaints about that. We switched to an official tour guide once we went to the JSA and it was sometimes hard to hear what she was saying throughout the trip. Given all that, if you have the chance to go the JSA, you should as it's a once in a lifetime experience and the history around it is incredibly interesting.

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USD 134.9