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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

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Seoul: South Korea Demilitarized Zone Half & Full Day Tour

Activity provider: I LOVE SEOUL TOUR Lctd
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From £56.26 per person

Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone from South Korea, and learn about the war between the North and South that produced this symbolic location. Get a glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Covid-19 precautions
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Duration 7 - 8.5 hours
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Live tour guide
English
Pickup optional
Pickup from centrally-located hotels in Seoul, such as Gangnam, Myeongdong, Gwanghwamun, Itaewon, Dongdaemun. 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.

Experience

Highlights
  • Explore the exeptional 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
  • Select the option to enjoy Korean style lunch and real shooting experience
Full description

Covid-19 Update

Due to health and safety regulations, this itinerary may change. See Know before you go for the latest updates.

Journey to one of the most meaningful tourist destinations in the world at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on the border of South and North Korea. Gain an understanding of Korean history and culture.

First, visit Imjingak Park. See the Bridge of Freedom, used by prisoners of war who were repatriated from the North. Next, head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, an incomplete passage built by North Korea that runs under the Demilitarized Zone.

Discovered in 1978, the tunnel passes through bedrock 240 feet (73 m) below ground. You can go inside the tunnel by foot. Once you're back on the surface, your guide will take you up the slopes of Mount Dora for a look across the country from the Dorasan Observatory.

In good weather, you can see all the way to North Korea without using the observatory's telescope. Lookout at the 2.4-mile (4-km) stretch of the DMZ that has divided Korea since 1953 before you return to Seoul.

Includes
  • Entrance fees
  • Round-trip shared transfer
  • Visit to Demilitarized Zone
  • Visit to Dora Observatory
  • Local guide
  • Transportation by air-conditioned bus or minivan
  • KF94 mask
  • Hotel pickup from centrally located Seoul hotels (if option selected)
  • Lunch (if option selected)
  • Shooting experience (if option selected)
  • Hotel drop-off
  • Food and drinks
Not suitable for
  • Pregnant women
  • People with heart problems
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions
Safety measures in place
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You are required to bring and wear a mask
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Participants

Date

Meeting point

Meeting point may vary depending on the option booked.

Important information

What to bring

  • Passport

Not allowed

  • Intoxication

Know before you go

  • Due to COVID-19 measures, the places visited will be Imjingak Park, Bridge of Freedom, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, and Dorasan Station
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice
  • The itinerary is subject to weather, military, and government regulation factors. 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
  • Passengers who are intoxicated will not be permitted and will not be entitled to a refund
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.5 /5

based on 1264 reviews

Review summary

  • Guide
    4.5/5
  • Transportation
    4.6/5
  • Value for money
    4.4/5
  • Safety
    4.8/5

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I would recommend this tour. The female guide was very dedicated, informative and friendly. Even though I couldn't understand everything all the time I still learned something new. There were 3 stops and you always had like 10-15 minutes for yourself which were more than enough for me. So, if your are in Seoul you should visit the DMZ.

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21 February 2020

Although the DMZ is officially closed at the moment due to swine flu, we visited a few other sites nearby which really helped convey the history and the current situation, whilst the final stop at the Peace Observatory gave hope for unification in the future. The guide was brilliant and gave lots of information and was very approachable if we had any other questions.

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15 February 2020

Since the DMZ was closed due to the African Swine Flu, we did the alternative itinerary. Despite being the “next best thing”, I found it to be very informative and our guide, Yura, was very knowledgeable. I learned quite a bit about the history of the Korean War and the current sentiment of the Korean people. The highlight was being able to see and observe North Korea from the Ganghwa Peace Observatory. I can only image what the original tour would have been like and be at the actual DMZ but I was still satisfied with this half day experience. My only feedback would be that the bus could have come with a sound system and microphone for the tour guide. Yura did her best and did ask if she needed to speak up but there were times when the bus was moving that the engine made it difficult to hear. Otherwise, I’d recommend this tour for anyone wanting to learn more about the DMZ.

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12 February 2020

Product ID: 63099