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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)

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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)

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icon6 hours 30 minutes  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 3 more

Overview

Travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to see the border that divides North and South Korea on this guided adventure from Seoul. Learn about the troubled history of the country, from the time of the Korean War to modern day. Visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ Museum. Plus, look across the DMZ into North Korea from the Dora Observatory. Lunch (if option selected), all the necessary entrance fees and a hotel pickup are included.
  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) tour from Seoul
  • Explore the front lines of the North Korea-South Korea border with your expert guide
  • Discover the symbol of this zone, representing both division and unification
  • Observe North Korea through binoculars atop the Dora Observatory
  • Learn about the tumultuous history of the country as you visit Imjingak Park, the Freedom Bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall
  • Choose from several tour options

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Unlike others, this flexible DMZ tour comes with three options: a morning, afternoon, or full-day tour.
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Hotel pickup
Lunch (if option selected)
Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach
Hotel drop-off
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Gratuities
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Hongik Univ. Station , Seoul, South Korea

The last departure place from Seoul is Hongik Univ. Subway Station. Half Day : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Station exit no. 3 Half Day with lunch : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Station exit no. 3 Full Day : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Station exit no. 3 Afternoon : AM 11:30 at Hongik Univ. Station exit no. 3

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City Hall Station , Seoul, South Korea
If you cannot find your hotel information, please let us know. The tour operator will arrange the meeting place for you Last departure place will be as below DMZ Half Day : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Subway Station DMZ Half Day with lunch : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Subway Station DMZ full day : AM 08:20 at Hongik Univ. Subway Station Afternoon: AM 11:30 at Hongik Univ. Subway Station
After a hotel pickup in downtown Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the world’s most protected border, dividing North and South Korea since the Korean War.

Visit Imjingak Park to see the artillery that was used during the Korean War. Walk to the Freedom Bridge and learn about the nearly 13,000 POWs who crossed it on their path to freedom in South Korea. See the Third Infiltration Tunnel, one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea.

At the DMZ Museum, take a look at the photographs and war artifacts on display. Then head to the Dora Observatory to look across the DMZ into North Korea and learn about life on the other side. After a stop at the restored Dorasan Station, the railway station that once connected North and South Korea, proceed to the Unification Village to see what life is like in this small farming community.

Proceed to the Amethyst Factory or Ginseng Center before returning to Seoul City Hall.

For those on the morning or afternoon tour only, travel back to Seoul at this point. Those who selected the morning tour with lunch will stop at a local restaurant before returning to Seoul.

With the full-day tour option, enjoy lunch, then visit Insadong Antique Market, one of the most memorable attractions in Seoul, representing the focal point of Korean traditional culture and crafts.

The tour ends with a return trip to Seoul.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park
Stop first in Imjingak, a park located in the banks of Imjin River where you’ll see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict. Proceed to Freedom Bridge, crossed by nearly 13,000 Korean POWs on their return back to freedom. As you explore by foot, learn from your guide about the powerful significance of this bridge.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The Third Tunnel
Re-board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. Here, learn about the role of these tunnels, which are believed to have been planned as a military invasion route by North Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dora Observatory
You’ll then be taken to the Dora Observatory, where you can use binoculars to scope out North Korea. Listen to your guide explain the lifestyle across the river as you observe the village of Kijongdong.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Dorasan Station
Next, head to Dorasan Station, a historic and symbolic spot that marks both the division and a gateway of exchanges between the north and the south.
Duration: 15 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Insadong
If you choose the full-day tour, you’ll enjoy lunch and then head to Insadong Antique Market, which was once the largest market for antiques and artworks in Korea. Browse the various shops, peruse crafts and bargain for that perfect souvenir with the help of your guide. Your tour will end here.
Duration: 40 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required the day of travel.
  • A moderate amount of walking through a steep and narrow tunnel involved - Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
  • Participants must be physically fit to walk about 1300 feet (400 meters) at an 11 degree gradient
  • You do not need to send a copy of your passport
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • The tour requires minimum 2 people
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY KOREA TOUR (DMZ TOUR)
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
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What is the policy on sanitization during DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul(No Shopping)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "Although there are a lot of attractions included in the tour, it can feel a little bit rushed given that most of it should be done by noon." See review

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star-5
Peace and Resilience
Craig_T
, Jun 2022
Our tour guide Jinn is well informed, a great presenter and cares that we have a good time. The DMZ is remarkable, especially knowing the historical and present-day impact it had. The people that suffered and died are most important.
star-4
Alternate DMZ Tour
David_H
, Dec 2019
Did not manage to go for the original tour due to government shut down but the alternative tour also provide good insight of the korean history and a better understanding of korean today.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2019
Thank you for the review ! This is Jennie from Korea Tour. We are glad to hear you enjoyed alternative DMZ tour. Even the you join the alternative DMZ tour, we tried to make tour course which is still related DMZ, North Korea and Korean War. Hopely, you will visit to Korea next time again and join our original DMZ tour ! Thanks
star-3
Ok trip
Elbert_S
, Oct 2019
Trip was ok, nothing special but you’ll see the dmz. The tunnel is a but too much if you are a bit taller like me but you have plenty opportunity to go back halfway
star-4
Efficient tour for the basics
Johan_S
, May 2019
A tour that takes you to the main attractions around the DMZ. Convenient hotel pick up and quick confirmations from the organizer. As noted by others: the tour is a bit rushed, so listen carefully for the instructions from the guide on where to go, as there is little time to explore on your own or shop souveniers. Note that the optional lunch occurs after arriving to Seoul. Consider therefore to bring your own snack, so that you don't have to waste time buying food. Snacks and bathrooms are available at most (all?) stops however. The tour gives you the basic overview of the Korean conflict, but I can recommend visiting the War memorial in Seoul afterwards for better context. Overall a good half-day tour that I would recommend, if you want to see a lot in a short time.
star-3
DMZ Tour
Kayla K
, May 2019
The tour was good - great pickup location near AirBnb. Comfortable coach ride. Nice stops at the DMZ, and explanations of the significance and what we were seeing. Out tour guide, Gemma, was wonderful! I thought the tour went well, but disliked the stop at the ginseng center at the end - it felt very pushy and sales like - would be better off without.
star-2
It was great in that we got picked...
David_F
, Jul 2018
It was great in that we got picked up at our hotel and brought to several different sites along the way. What really upset us though was that we felt rushed and all the sites. Especially at Dora Observatory. We were only given 20 minutes, 12 of which were consumed by a video. The worst part was that while we were only given 20 minutes at the observatory, we spent nearly 45 at the tourist trap ginseng factory that wasnt listed on the tours itinerary making our drop off time much later than it should have been as a morning tour turned into an all day thing.
star-4
Great tour and very informative! Really...
MariaTeresa_G
, Jul 2018
Great tour and very informative! Really learned a lot.
star-4
Schedual is very tight and should...
Janne P
, May 2018
Schedual is very tight and should have more time in some attractions. Our guide Gemma was super and had a good knowleadge about Korean history and visited attractions.
star-5
The tour was perfectly organized...
Robert C
, Apr 2018
The tour was perfectly organized, everything was very precise and on time. We've got all official and non-official information about DMZ. Strongly recommended for everyone who is interesting in the earliest history.
star-3
The DMZ tour was great, our guide...
Jennifer M
, Apr 2018
The DMZ tour was great, our guide, Sonya, was informative and interesting. I was interesting to learn about the history of the DMZ and be able to go into one of the tunnels, as well as an observatory. The tour itself is worth 4 stars. HOWEVER, what the description does not tell you is that you will be forced to stop at a Ginseng store on the way back to Seoul, and forced to listen to a sales pitch to buy ginseng. This was not what i signed up for and I will be more cautious in the future to read more reviews.
star-5
We loved this tour, even with the...
Paul_S
, Apr 2018
We loved this tour, even with the obligatory overpriced shopping stops, which are easy to ignore. You get to see the infamous DMZ and see views from high above the border and into North Korea. One of their fake cities is even visible. Be sure to take the option and walk all the way down the access tunnel dug under the border. It is an enlightening experience.
star-5
Our DMZ tour was one of the...
Lynne M
, Apr 2018
Our DMZ tour was one of the highlights of our trip to South Korea. So moving and gives a great insight into the political situations past and present. The new railway station awaiting the day of reunification is heart wrenching and wouldn't it be wonderful to see it in use during our lifetime!! The tour was sometimes a little rushed but it needed to be to fit everything in. We were very disappointed though that the JSA was not able to be visited during the time we were in Seoul. Our guide was very knowledgeable and happily answered our questions. Passage into the 3rd infiltration tunnel was great for those of us old fogies who were able to manage it. Be aware that it has a very steep entry and a very steep exit. My 72 year old husband with mobility issues was able to complete it quite comfortably and says it was one of his best experiences. I can highly recommend this trip to all.
star-5
Our tour guide was very funny and...
KeBin_W
, Mar 2018
Our tour guide was very funny and gave us lots of great information about Korean history as well as present-day culture.
star-3
I think the DMZ tour was very good...
Karen B
, Mar 2018
I think the DMZ tour was very good, very informative. We were able to see a lot, I wish we had a little more time at each stop. At the beginning on the bus, our guide was interuppted 3 times with phones calls while giving a brief history of Korea, this was distrating to the information. She was overall very pleasant.
star-5
Really nice tour, highly recommend...
LamVi_L
, Feb 2018
Really nice tour, highly recommend to whom want to explore the history of the Korean War or just want to see the famous DMZ in the world. Knowledgable and funny tour guide.
star-4
Great tour and very good guide from...
Hills B
, Jan 2018
Great tour and very good guide from start till end! Very interesting! Good budget tour!
star-4
It was very interesting and...
Anna D
, Jan 2018
It was very interesting and informative, as well as surprising. I didn't realise that there was an amusement park next to the DMZ, or that there would be souvenir shops there. The only aspect of the tour I didn't like was the visit to the ginseng shopping centre on the way back to Seoul city centre, where we were taken into the sales room and put under considerable pressure to buy very expensive ginseng products.
star-4
The tour around DMZ itself was...
Yooko
, Dec 2017
The tour around DMZ itself was great, except the part where they stopped on the way back to Seoul and transferred some of us to a different bus because the one bus was taking the rest of guests for a full day tour and stopped to a ginseng shop tourist's trap.
star-2
We originally booked the DMZ and JSA...
Eloise D
, Dec 2017
We originally booked the DMZ and JSA tour but a week before it was cancelled and we could not rebook so we changed to this tour. Unfortunately, this tour was not able to visit the listed sites due to snowy weather. Although it is stated on the website that the tour can be cancelled at any time without warning, it was very disappointing that we were not told of this risk of closure due to snow before leaving Soul. We would have expected a reputable Soul tour company to be aware that snow closes the DMZ for tourists and inform us of this as soon as we were picked up. Since snow is a frequent occurrence in South Korea this cannot be the first time it has happened. Although the tour guide was very nice, she seemed completely surprised that the DMZ was closed due to the weather. Since the DMZ was closed on this particular day, we had the Plan B tour which honestly was a complete waste of time, and sitting in a very uncomfortable bus for so long was so uncomfortable. We would much rather have just been driven back to Seoul and not attended any of the Plan B activities. We went to an observatory outside of the DMZ which looked like it is only ever visited when the DMZ is closed. There was no visibility so we could not see across into North Korea. It really was a back up option. Then we were taken to a Ginseng shop where sales assistants tried to sell us Ginseng. Then we were taken to the War Memorial in Soul which is free entry, but by this time it was well past lunch time so we actually left to go and get lunch and we went back to the War Memorial at a later time. The mini-bus was small and incredibly uncomfortable considering we spend so much time in it. We spent well over one hour at the start of the morning driving around Seoul collecting guests from their hotel. I'm sure other people have had much better experiences then us if they actually got to do the DMZ tour, but I can only review what we experienced.
star-1
This tour was absolutely terrible...
Lawrence A
, Dec 2017
This tour was absolutely terrible. Firstly, the tour guide claimed to one of the top 150 elite soldiers country who participated in multiple tours of duty in secret ops including assassinations and guerrilla warfare and that it was forbidden to take photos of him and he was only there because of military order. Really? One of the top soliders in Korea has nothing better to do than to sell Ginseng to a bus load of tourists? I'm going to have to call BS on that one, unless he is the first lieutenant colonel of the department of Ginseng sales. That's the other thing. We had to rush through everything on the tour, but we had plenty of time to go to a Ginseng shop. We also did not get to see the DMZ that day because it was closed down due to an incident involving a defecting soldier the day before. I'm not faulting this tour for that since it's understandable that war zones can be unpredictable. But it's incredible that this elite soldier with the highest military security clearances had NO IDEA that the DMZ was closed that day and had a lot of trouble finding out why when all the other tour guides that I overheard knew exactly what happened that were informing their tour groups with many details of the previous days' incident. We also went for lunch at 2:30pm which is way past lunch time. Clearly this is just a ploy to sell Ginseng. I don't mind so much that they want to sell Ginseng but what I have a problem with is that they think we are dumb enough to believe such ridiculous lies. I do not recommend this tour.

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