Panmunjom Day Tour from Seoul with Korean-Style Lunch

A very interesting tour! Our guide had excellent English and was very knowledgable. The lunch provided was delicious, and the experience of seeing the DMZ was fantastic. Highly recommended. David B., Canada – See more reviews
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Joint Security Area JSA border facing North Korea
Joint Security Area JSA border facing North Korea
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What To Expect

Travel to the northernmost point bordering North Korea and visit key historical locations. The tour shows the stark reality and immense tragedy of divided Korea.

Specifications

Type:
Tours in Seoul
Departs From:
Seoul
Meeting Point:
Koreana Hotel OR President Hotel Seoul*
Duration:
6 hours
Availability:
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 8:50 AM
Product Code:
5094
Voucher info:
Print voucher. You will not have access to the tour without this voucher.
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Description

From the downtown Lotte hotel or President Hotel Seoul, we take an hour-ride through Jayuro (Freedom Road) motorway to the Imjingak, the northernmost point bordering North Korea. Upon your passport check at the Unification Bridge checkpoint, continue on the bus to the Camp Bonifas, the gateway of the Joint Security Area (JSA). Before being allowed to commence the tour, you will be given a briefing after which you must sign a document. On the tour, see the House of Peace that provides facilities for non-military and civilian meetings between South and North Korea. Visit the Freedom House for South-North contacts and meetings. You'll also see the Liaison Office. The JSA is an 800 meter wide enclave, roughly circular in shape, bisected by the Military Demarcation Line separating South and North Korea.

Visit the Military Armistice Commission Conference Room where the border cuts a path right through the center. You may walk around the room and hop from South to North if you wish. Take a short drive next to a hilltop where you can look out and see the North Korean observation posts, the site of the July 27, 1953 armistice, the 72-hour bridge from North Korea to the JSA, the North Korean propaganda village, and Gijeong-dong where the world's largest flag (35m x 28m) hangs on a 160 meter-tall flagpole.

A little way down the hill is the site of the Axe Murder Incident. A memorial monument is set up on the round platform marking the murder site. Next to the site is the Bridge of No Return. Its middle portion runs through the Military Demarcation Line. Korean War Prisoners crossed this bridge going to the other side. If they choose to cross, they would never be allowed to return, hence the name.

The Bridge of No Return and the Axe murder site presents the stark reality and immense tragedy of divided Korea.

Tour Highlights

  • Military Armistice Commission Conference Room

  • Military Demarcation Line

  • Axe Murder Site

  • Bridge of No Return

Company 1

  • 2016 / 2017 Camp Bonifas, slide briefing about joint security area, Freedom House, Conference Room, Axe Murder Site and Bridge of No Return (on board the bus)

Company 2

  • 2016 / 2017 Odusan Unification Observatory, Camp Bonifas, slide briefing about joint security area, Freedom House, Conference Room, Axe Murder Site and Bridge of No Return (on board the bus)

Company 3

  • 2016 Imjingak pavilion (freedom bridge), Camp Bonifas, slide briefing about joint security area, Freedom House, Conference Room, Axe Murder Site and Bridge of No Return (on board the bus)

  • 2017 Camp Bonifas, slide briefing about Joint Security Area, Freedom House, Conference room, Axe Murder Site and Bridge of No Return (on board the bus)

Includes

  • Transfers

  • Korean-style lunch

  • English-speaking guide

  • Entrance fees

Excludes

  • Hotel pick-up and drop off

  • Optional activity costs

  • Travel insurance

  • Tips and gratuities

  • Personal expenses

Dress code

  • NO sleeveless tops or shirts, T-shirts, tank tops, or similar attire

  • NO Jeans

  • NO Shorts of any style, including hiking, Bermuda knee, cutoffs or short-shorts

  • NO Miniskirts, halter tops, backless dresses, or other abbreviated items of attire

  • NO Outer clothing of sheer variety

  • NO Form fitting clothing including tight knit tops, tight knit pants, stretch pants or warm ups of any kind

  • NO Sandals, shower shoes, thongs or flip-flops, tennis shoes

  • NO Items of military clothing not worn as an integral part of a prescribed service uniform

  • Hair must not be shaggy nor unkempt

Please Note

  • *Meeting point for Company 1 and 3 will be at President Hotel Seoul and Koreana Hotel for Company 2. Full details will be indicated on the voucher.

  • Tour should be booked at latest 3 days prior to the date of the tour.

  • The tour could be canceled without prior notice due to unexpected condition of Panmunjeom.

  • Participants must be at least 12 years old.

  • Waving, talking, gesture or smiling to the North Korean army is NOT ALLOWED.

  • Please be advised to not touch anything in the Armistice Commission Building which belongs to the North (Microphone, flag, chair or table).

  • Guests' mobile phones should be turned off in the Joint Security Area. Standing or taking pictures from the Unification Bridge to the Joint Security Area, and vice versa is not allowed.

  • Passport required on tour.

  • Full name, Passport number, Nationality and Date of Birth have to be provided at the time of reservation.

  • Visitors to the joint security area are requested to read and sign VISITORS DECLARATION (UNC REG 551-5)

  • This tour has a 2 passenger minimum requirement for operation and is subject to cancellation if this minimum is not met.

  • A scanned copy (in color) of each passenger's passport is required in order to confirm the booking for citizens coming from countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and the Soviet Union. See full list of countries.

  • Failure to submit the scanned copy of the passport 3 days prior to departure will result in cancellation of the reservation.

  • Pick-up service depends on availability. Please inquire.

Cancellation Policy

  • 10% Cancellation Fee (90% reimbursement): 15 days prior to date of activity.
  • 30% Cancellation Fee (70% reimbursement): between 8 to 14 days prior to date of activity.
  • 50% Cancellation Fee (50% reimbursement): between 3 to 7 days prior to date of activity.
  • 100% Cancellation Fee (no reimbursement): 2 days or less prior to date of activity.

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