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  1. South Korea
  2. Seoul
  3. Myeongdong

Seoul: DMZ Tour With a North Korean Defector

Product ID: 184454
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Co-designed by the GetYourGuide team, this special DMZ tour not only takes you to all major spots in the DMZ but also allows you to interact with a North Korean defector who can enlighten you about the life and history of North Korea.
About this activity
Duration 7 hours
Printed or mobile voucher accepted
Instant confirmation
Live tour guide
English, Korean

Pickup optional

Free cancellation up to 24 hours before activity starts

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  • Listen to enlightening commentary from a professional guide and a real North Korean defector
  • Ask questions about the real North Korean life and hear about the past and present of North Korea
  • Enjoy a comprehensive tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone, and learn about both South and North Korea's history
  • Explore all the must-see spots in the DMZ in one tour
  • Catch a rare glimpse of the reclusive North Korean territory
Full description
With its mysterious and forceful regime, North Korea has not be discovered much by global media and tourism. However, there still are 30,000 North Korean defectors who are living in fear, devastation, and a desperate desire to escape. In order to run away from censorship, restraint, and extreme control over people's lives, some risk their lives to come to South Korea in search of freedom. With this tour, you will be able to meet and talk to North Korean defectors who have successfully settled in South Korea and can provide a more realistic and accurate picture of North Korean life.

On the way to and from the DMZ and at each stop within the DMZ, you will hear from the North Korean defector and the tour guide about the reality of North Korea and two perspectives coming from two Koreas regarding the tragic Korean War. Bring insightful questions to ask the defector about North Korean life, the whole journey to come to South Korea, and other factors about Korean history.

This DMZ morning tour includes visits to major must-see spots in the DMZ with a fully licensed and long experienced DMZ tour guide and a North Korean defector as a team. Hear enlightening commentary on very real stories of North Korea while exploring highlights such as the Dorasan Station, the Dora Observatory, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, the DMZ Theater, the Unification Bridge, Imjingak Park, and others.

Explore the emotional story of two Koreas' separation at Imjinhak Park and the Unification Bridge where you can enjoy the view of the DMZ and read about Korean War history. Move to Dorasan Station to see how two Koreas can be one again in the future, with this station opened and trains running. Visit Dora Observatory to have a glimpse of North Koreans' lives and villages. Walk to the Third Tunnel, which was designed to invade South Korea by tanks in secret and was disclosed by one of the North Korean defectors.

At the end of the journey, have some tea and ginseng product tasting at Ginseng center while asking even more questions to your tour guide and North Korean defector about your tour and things that you were curious about. If you select the lunch option, try Bibimbap, a traditional Korean dish with rice and various ingredients, or North Korean style cold noodles, a traditional North Korean dish which was offered for both Korean leaders in the recent summit. You will head back to Seoul, near the City Hall, at around 1:00-2:00 PM depending on your selected option and the traffic.
  • Professional English-speaking tour guide
  • North Korean defector tour guide
  • Air-conditioned coach
  • Entrance fee for the Third Infiltration Tunnel, DMZ theater and Exhibition hall, Dorasan Station, Dora Observatory, the Unification Bridge, and Imjingak Park
  • Hotel pick-up service - if option selected
  • Authentic North Korean lunch - if option selected
What’s Not Included
  • Personal expenses
  • Hotel drop-off

Prepare for the activity

Meeting point
Important information
What to bring
  • Passport
Know before you go
• Note that the visiting time at each location within DMZ can be limited due to the military's requirements
• In the event of unannounced military training or an official event in the DMZ, the tour will be replaced with a tour of Tomorrow's Whistle-Bunker, Beat 131-Odusan Unification Tower and The War Memorial of Korea
• Sneakers are required for your safety
• Every tourist must travel on the authorized bus and follow the time and photo regulations
• Children must be accompanied by an adult
• A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
• This tour is not wheelchair accessible
• Please arrive at least 10 minutes before departure at the meeting point
• If you have selected the hotel pick-up option, please be ready to depart 10 minutes before pick-up time
Customer reviews
Overall rating
4.1 / 5
based on 71 reviews
Review summary
Value for money

Organized by

Cosmojin Tour Consulting

Product ID: 184454