Full-Day South Korean DMZ and Joint Security Area from Seoul
Let's go to the Demilitarized Zone and the Joint Security Area (JSA) on the border between North and South Korea! This 8-hour trek by coach will visit Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, the DMZ theater and Exhibition hall, Dorasan Station, and the Dora Observatory, along with a knowledgeable tour guide with comfortable transportation.
After an early morning pickup from your Seoul hotel, travel about one hour north to reach the Korean Demilitarized Zone, a 2.5-mile (4km) wide strip of land that divides North and South Korea. Stop first in Imjingak, a park with war artifacts and artillery from the Korean conflict. Continue from there to the Freedom Bridge, where nearly 13,000 Korean POWs were exchanged at the end of the war.
Next up, see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, believed to have been built by North Korea for a military invasion. Discovered in 1978, the tunnel was blocked by the South Koreans at the border’s military demarcation line. Afterward, check out artifacts and photographs from the Korean War at the DMZ Museum.
Continue by coach to the Dora Observatory, where you can use provided binoculars to scope out North Korea. Observe a North Korean model village called Kijongdong as your guide explains the backstory of this surreal border region.
After, head to Dorasan Station, a train station that once connected North and South Korea and today carries symbolic significance, which your guide details as you take in the site. Wrap up your visit to the DMZ by passing the Unification Village, a small farming community that models the daily life of a typical South Korean farm community.
Before heading to the JSA, have a lunch consisting of Bulgogi (beef), or vegetarian. Then, be served Bibimbap without meat.
After lunch, pass the Unification Bridge for checking your passport to visit the JSA (Joint Security Area), also known as 'Panmunjeom', on the border of North Korea and South Korea. The first tour destination for the JSA area is Camp Bonifas, a former United Nations Command Military Post 400 meters from the south border of the DMZ. Here, you will see a slide briefing which shows the history of the Korean conflict and the JSA.
From there, continue to Freedom House and conference room on the border. At the Conference room, you can even step into North Korea. Before leaving from JSA area, the tour will pass by the 'Bridge of No Return' and the site of the 1976 axe murder incident.
The tour will finish around 5:00pm at the President Hotel in Seoul.
- Entrance fees
- Professional guide
- Hotel pickup
- Transport by air-conditioned coach
- Hotel drop-off
- Personal expenses
Pickup from Seoul hotels, or guest house
Concludes at President Hotel, near City Hall
- Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
- Minimum age is 11 years
- Adult pricing applies to all travelers
- You MUST bring the passport on the tour day
- The tour might be cancelled with short notice if there is an unexpected military issue
- Dress Code: please do not wear the faded jeans, exercise clothing, shorts pants, sleeveless shirts, military clothing, round t-shirts, and sandals
- Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
- Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
Booking Terms and Conditions
When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.
Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:
What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.
What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.
What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.