Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
Paju, South Korea
Duration: 8 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.
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.
Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
Lunch (if option selected)
Hotel drop-off (if full-day option selected)
Entry/Admission - DMZ
Entry/Admission - The Third Tunnel
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 3 adults is required to book the afternoon tour
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
From your Seoul city hotel Departure Time
TripAdvisor's Customer Reviews
Great tour. Everything went well but the walk down and up the tunnel where the North Koreans dug the tunnel was extremely tiring. Was an experience but do not recommend people who are less fit to venture into this part of the tour as not much to see at the end of the tunnel. Ask someone in your own group to take a picture. Should be more than enough. :)
Don’t lose this tour. It was a visit to the Korean history, full of emotions. Tears welled up in my eyes in front of the last steam locomotive that stopped at Jangdan Station on December 31, 1950, coming from Pyongyang, now damaged and neglected for over 50 years in the DMZ, with bullet scars and broken wheels. So touching having the opportunity to cross the third tunnel under the border between North and South Korea, as well as to buy a ticket for Pyeongyang from the Dorasan Station near S and N Korean borders. The current purpose of the station is largely symbolic of the hope for eventual Korean . Must go.
A day trip that will appeal to those with an interest in the history of the conflict in the Korean Penensula.
Very good tour, definitely worthwhile doing. Our host Gemma was excellent and made the trip what it was. She provided great information and lead the group well
it's pretty good.
An absolute must in South Korea !!! The jinseng factory is not worth at all but it is in the program schedule...
What a place what a history.
It was fantastic from start which pick up from the hotel and they well organized.
Emily our guide was brilliant and spoke English very well.
Go to this tour and for sure go with Emily
Very informative guide and the tour was packed with historical sites/information. Not much to see at the end of the 3rd tunnel hike but was well worth it just to be able to see the underground environment and tunnel itself. The climb back up to ground level was extremely strenuous.
Vishalini Mona V
This was an excellent trip. They confirmed the evening before, were on time to pick up from the hotel. The guide was very engaging. I would highly recommend it. The only thing I would mention which did not align with the trip was taking us to a Ginseng center on the way back, though the history was interesting, it was a sale promotion. But on the whole, a great trip. Thanks