“The DMZ is definitely worth seeing because it's an amazing life experience, even if you're not a history buff. It makes you think and appreciate your life and freedom on a different level. My tour included Imjingak, Dorasan Station, the Observatory, the 3rd Tunnel, and a small place to buy some souvenirs since there wasn't enough time at the other places. ...Rebecca O., Japan – See more reviews
What To Expect
Travel by the Freedom Road or Jayuro to Imjingak, the northernmost point bordering North Korea. See the barbed wire fences, military guards, serene rice paddies and the North Korean propaganda village along the way.
See all the Korean War monuments at Imjinak park like the Mangbaedan Memorial Ritual Altar, Freedom Bridge, an old engine from a locomotive that was derailed by bombs during the war, and the Peace Stones collected from battlefields from 64 different countries.
Afterward, board a bus to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), passing through checkpoints, military camps and mine fields. This high tension area has strict security measures, passports need to be cleared and photo opportunities will be limited.
Watch a quick video at the DMZ Exhibition Hall before heading to the Third Tunnel, one of the four infiltration tunnels dug by the North that has been discovered by the South. A seven-minute tram ride or approximately 10-minute walk leads you down into the lower platform. After ducking or crouching for about 265 meters, you will reach one of the cement barricades near the Military Demarcation Line that will prevent you from going any further north.
Next stop will be the Dora Observatory where we can view the whole expanse of the Demilitarized Zone, the North Korean propaganda village Gijeong-dong and South Korea's northernmost village Daeseong-dong where the armistice ending the Korean War was signed. Each village hangs their government's flag upon some of the tallest flagpoles in the world - what some have come to call the "flagpole war."
The final stop will be the Dorasan station, the northernmost functioning railway station. A milepost "Seoul 56km/Pyeongyang 205km" still stands from the time when trains could still cross past this station and into North Korea.
DMZ exhibition hall
The Third tunnel
Hotel pick-up and drop-off
Tips and gratuities
Children 3 years old and below are free of charge.
Picture taking is prohibited upon boarding the tour bus.
Depending on crowd size, tunnel tour might be done before the video.
Walking the tunnels are not required, guests may opt out and choose to stay on the bus, exhibition room or souvenir store.
Persons who suffer from claustrophobia, heart conditions or asthmatic symptoms are not allowed to enter the tunnel.
This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met.
*Until 31 December 2016, the meeting point is in the lobby of Lotte Hotel Seoul. Starting 01 January 2017, the meeting point will be at the ground floor of Koreana Hotel.
Pick-up service depends on availability. Please inquire.
The following information will be required upon booking:
Full name of each participant as indicated on passport
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