Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)
Learn about Korea’s divided history at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on a half-day tour, led by an informative guide. In the morning or afternoon, travel from Seoul to the DMZ, where the country has been split since the Korean War, to visit fascinating sites such as Imjingak Park, the Freedom bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall. At Dora Observatory, you can even peer through binoculars to observe village life in North Korea. Upgrade to include lunch or select a full-day itinerary that includes shopping at Insadong Antique Market.
24-hour room service
WiFi in public area
Newspaper in lobby
Il treno partiva alle ore 08:30 dalla stazione di Campo Di Marte, a Firenze. Appena la sera prima avevo salutato mio fratello e finito di sistemare lo zaino da 65L per l'avventura che mi stava aspettando. Ero "pronto". La notte era passata velocemente... come se non avessi dormito. Io, ed i miei genitori, arriviamo in stazione alle 8 puntuali, attraversando Firenze in uno dei pochi (e violenti) temporali estivi.
Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
After pickup at your Seoul hotel in the morning or afternoon, drive to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). En route, your guide shares expert commentary on the dividing line between North and South Korea.
Get out at Imjingak Park along the banks of Imjin River to see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict before proceeding to Freedom bridge, where nearly 13,000 Korean POWs crossed on their return back home to South Korea.
Reboard the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades, and browse photographs and war artifacts at the DMZ exhibition hall.
Your next stop is Dora Observatory, where you can use binoculars to get a glimpse of North Korea. Listen to your guide explain daily life in the village of Kijongdong across the river.
Continue by coach to Dorasan Station, a historic spot that not only marks the division, but also serves as a gateway for exchanges between the north and south. Pass by the Unification Village, a small farming community that specialized in creating soybean milk, traditional soy sauce and corn goods.
Where the tour ends depends on what option you select. If you choose the morning tour or afternoon tour only, you’ll end back in Seoul at City Hall after a stop at a ginseng center. If you’ve selected to upgrade a morning tour with lunch, you’ll head to a local restaurant in Seoul after you go to the ginseng center. On the full-day tour, experience the same itinerary to the DMZ followed by lunch, and then head to Insadong Antique Market. Once the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea, Insadong offers a selection of shops, crafts and bargains. Ask your guide to help you shop for that perfect souvenir before you’re dropped off at your hotel.
Duration: 7 hours
Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
Lunch (if option selected)
Hotel drop-off (if full-day option selected)
Entry/Admission - DMZ
Hotel Drop Off
Confirmation will be received at time of booking
Not wheelchair accessible
A current valid passport is required the day of travel
You do not need to send a copy of your passport
Please follow the instructions of your tour guide about when and where you may take photos
If a part of the tour itinerary is cancelled by unexpected military conditions or local circumstances, there will be no refund
A moderate amount of walking through a steep and narrow tunnel involved - Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
Please contact the local operator for exact pickup time
A minimum of 2 adults is required to book the afternoon tour
Near public transportation
Infants must sit on laps
Not recommended for travelers with back problems
Not recommended for pregnant travelers
No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
Most travelers can participate
This tour/activity will have a maximum of 100 travelers
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
Hongik Univ. Station, Donggyo-dong, Seoul, South Korea
Traveler pickup is offered If you cannot find your hotel on our list, please let us know the hotel/accomodation name (with address). Then, we will arrnage the meeting place for you ** last depature place will be Hongik Univ. Subway Station exit no 3
TripAdvisor's Customer Reviews
Tour guide Yuen amazing, explained things clearly gave us very good information about everything answered all the extra questions always smiling
I signed up for the half day tour because I barely had time and wanted to cover other things in Seoul. We were taken to two main highlights - 3rd tunnel and Dora Observatory, both absolutely brilliant. On the way there was several small stops and drive by either with some information or breathtaking views. Yes, as expected the Ginseng museum did happen but it didn't bother me at all. It was good to know information, something I wouldn't have bothered to google on my own otherwise... and if you don't need to buy they do not insist, while others do their shopping one can wait outside taking in the fresh country side air. Its just a frame of mind one has to go with. I went with an open one and wasn't disappointed.
Our tour guide Yeonji was amazing. At one part I seemed to have got a little lost since I dozed on the bus and missed some instructions. She was promptly available on whatsapp to help me through.
If you plan on walking down the 3rd tunnel, make sure you have full use of your legs and a set of healthy lungs.. its was definitely a task for 30 Y.O. me and one I wouldn't recommend to my 58 year old mom with bad knees. I thoroughly loved this tour so packed with information and small bits handed over to us by Ms. Yeonji on our bus.
I highly recommend! Our tour guide shared important context. Next time I would go to the JSA/Panmunjom.
Although the tour was nice, the whole mood was killed by our 2 guides, very stressed and stressful, asking us to be on time but almost harassing us way before the due time at each activity. Information about what to see and do almost non existant and sometimes too late... Not pleasant at all!
Took our family on this tour. It was very fast paced. We had a great time. Tunnel tour is so cool. Our tour guide was fantastic. Also had the lunch after and the food was great.
This is a great tour. Yes, it is rushed, but with the pick ups and driving involved, it crams in everything you need for a half day visit. I enjoyed everything except the sales pitch at the end. This dampened my mood quite a bit as we were 20 minutes away from our drop off and we were forced marched into a ginseng shop for a 20 minute rushed tour about the benefits of ginseng and then had to walk through the shop with 4 thousand people trying to sell me ginseng. A disappointing finish really.
Great trip was a bit tough in places steep hills long walks but tour guild was good. Shame get left in city centre instead of hotel was collected from as we had no idea how to get back.
great experience knowing a lot of history between the two contries, hopefully one day they will find peace between themselves and live in harmony.
Man Kit L
The tour itself was great, packed with lots of information and insights, schedule was well planned out, and most importantly our tour guide Yoon was AWESOME!
Although, there was little time at each location, we were able to have a good experience. The tour guide was nice and was able to provide a lot of information. The company was quick to respond and accommodating. Overall, a very good experience.