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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Product ID: 63099
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Experience the extraordinary Korean Demilitarized Zone on the South Korean side, and learn about the war between the North and South and how the demilitarized strip of land came about. Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory.
About this activity
Duration 6 - 9 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English

Pickup optional

Pick-up from centrally-located hotels in Seoul. If your hotel/guesthouse is difficult to access or not centrally-located, the guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the extraordinary Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea
  • Get a rare glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory
  • Experience one of the world's most unusual tourism destinations
  • See the rail station designed to connect the North and South in the future
  • Select the option to enjoy Korean style breakfast or lunch and real shooting experience.
Full description
Depart Seoul and journey to one of the most unusual tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Created by the Korean Armistice Agreements of July 27, 1953, the 155-mile long military demarcation line (MDL) has a 2-kilometer wide demilitarized zone on each side. 

En route to the DMZ, pass Imjingak Park where many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War can be seen. Discover the "Bridge of Freedom" used by repatriated POWs and soldiers returning from the North. Pass through Unification Village and see the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall. Continue to the Third Tunnel for one of the main highlights of your tour.   
  
The Third Tunnel
Explore the massive tunnel dug by North Korea as part of their plan to invade South Korea if war had erupted and the tunnel had not been discovered in 1978. It spans over 1,635 meters and is 2 meters wide and 2 meters tall. It has been estimated that around 30,000 soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour if needed. Once it was found, North Koreans insisted it was intentionally made by the southern army to invade North Korea, but their insistence has been demonstrated to be false. Next, go to the nearby Dora Observatory for some once-in-a-lifetime views. 
  
Dora Observatory
Located on the South Korean side of the 38th Parallel, on top of Dorasan (Mount Dora), the Dora Observatory looks across the Demilitarized Zone and is the part of South Korea closest to the North. Catch a rare glimpse of the reclusive state through binoculars from the 304-square-foot, 500-person capacity building. See the North Korean propaganda village in the DMZ and admire a remnant of the nation's prosperous past. Look beyond as far as the city of Kaesong. Then, marvel at Dorasan Station, designed as the station to connect the railroads of the South and North in the future.

Return to Seoul via Imjingak Park and benefit from a drop-off at City Hall Subway Station or Myeongdong.
Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Hotel pickup from centrally located Seoul hotels
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Shooting experience (if option selected)
What’s Not Included
  • Hotel drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
Know before you go
• Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be cancelled without prior notice
• Tour not available on national holidays
• Tour open to all tourists. No country restrictions, age limits or dress codes apply
• Tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Not recommended for pregnant women or participants with heart complaints or other serious medical conditions
• A current valid passport is required
• The schedule may be subject to change due to the weather and military reasons. A refund will not be offered. Instead you will visit: Imjingak, Art Space BEAT 131, Odusan Unification Observatory, War Memorial of Korea, City Hall or Myeongdong
• The local partner reserves the right to refuse service to passengers who are intoxicated or show signs of intoxication. In this case, you will not be entitled to a refund
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.5 / 5
based on 1097 reviews
Review summary
Service
4.6/5
Organization
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Value for money
4.4/5
Safety
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Product ID: 63099