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The DMZ area has been closed to prevent spreading African Swine Fever, we will conduct the tour in an alternative schedule;
Ganghwa Peace Observatory → 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park   →  Imjingak → Art Space BEAT 131 → Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong (around 14:30 pm)

The DMZ area is the closest district to North Korea. This 6-hour tour (including transfers) is primarily held in the Imjingak peace park where you can see the freedom bridge and Mangbaedan.

Next, head to Dorasan station. Do not miss the souvenir stamp of the station! Then move to Dora observatory where you can take a glimpse look at North Korea. Depending on the weather, you might be able to see North Korea through a telescope at the Dora observatory.

The last stop will be the 3rd tunnel, which you will have the opportunity to enter the tunnel made by North Korean soldiers on foot.

If you are interested in learning about war history between North and South Korea, this tour is best for you.
Itinerary
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You'll start at
Koreana Hotel
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  • 1
    Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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  • 2
    The Third Tunnel
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
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  • 3
    Dora Observatory
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
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  • 4
    Dorasan Station
    Stop: 20 minutes -
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You'll end at
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Highlights
  • Let a guide take care of transport and entrance fees on a stress-free tour
  • Explore with a guide and gain insight into Korean War history
  • Gain access to the heavily-armed border that separates North and South Korea 
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from central Seoul
What to Expect
Your morning starts with pickup from your Seoul hotel by coach or minivan. During the drive toward the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), pass sites of interest including Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park and Mangbaedan—where North Koreans perform traditional rites on celebration days. On arrival at the Demarcation Line, explore sites of interest including Freedom Bridge and the old Gyeongui train line. With your guide on hand, gain insight into Korean War history and learn of the area’s significance to Koreans on both sides of the border. Take in key sites including the DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory. Here, you can take in sweeping views across the DMZ and even catch glimpses of rural life in North Korea. When your time at the DMZ comes to an end, return to central Seoul to conclude your tour. Please note: the DMZ is currently closed and an alternative tour is offered.
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Important Information
Departure Point
Koreana Hotel, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Traveler pickup is offered
Departure Point: Hotel in central/downtown Seoul
Dates: Available everyday Except on Monday & National Holiday.
Return point: Drop off at City Hall or Myeongdong.
Duration
6h
Return Details
1: Koreana Hotel, Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea
2: Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only(if option is selected)
  • Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong
  • Professional local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • No Shopping Center(Ginseng or Amethyst)
  • Pistol Shooting (if option is selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Third Tunnel
  • Entry/Admission - Dora Observatory
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel drop-off
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice.
  • A pick-up service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
  • Hotel pickup is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our English guide will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
  • All schedules are subject to change due to road conditions(roadworks, traffics etc.), weather conditions (storms, hurricanes, dense fog, heavy snow, etc.) and the government order, strike, and any other unforeseen reasons for the military reason such as military training, visiting higher level of military personnel etc. In this case, we reserve the right to cancel and/or alter any/all part of the itinerary which may result from circumstances beyond our control. We will do our utmost to improve that situation. However, we can NOT grant refunds. * Alternative itinerary Imjingak park > Art Space BEAT 131 > Odusan Unification Observatory > The war memorial of Korea > Dismissal at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers like ginseng center or amethyst factory.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you didn't receive confirmation email with a pick-up time, please contact us via email or calls.
  • For the pistol shooting, participants must over age 14.
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • The DMZ area has been closed to prevent spreading African Swine Fever, we will conduct the tour in an alternative schedule; Ganghwa Peace Observatory → 6.25 Veterans Memorial Park → Imjingak → Art Space BEAT 131 → Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong (around 14:30 pm)
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I really enjoyed this trip despite the changes made because of the flu restrictions in the DMZ. Julie was a great guide - very knowledgeable and lots of fun. It was just a shame the weather wasn’t good enough to see very far on the day!
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This was an end of December 2019 tour of an alternative DMZ package. The normal DMZ tour was still not available due to concerns about the swine flu. The tour provider informed us of the alternate itinerary as soon as we got confirmation of the booking. Itinerary for our tour
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I recommend this trip. Our nice lady tour guide shared plenty of information, we were at time. Also the communication with the agency via trip advisor was smooth , quick and informative
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Response from Seaside809017, 고객 담당 매니저 at DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
Responded 21 Dec 2019
Dear. zbasna, Hi, zbasna! We appreciate taking your time to leave a great review for us. We are happy to know that you had a nice tour with our guide. Did you have a closer look at North Korea at the observatory? We hope you did :) We also hope you visit Korea again when the DMZ open again. Thank you again for your review and compliment for us! Best, Sarah Lee
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can only recommend them! But take the full day, as it is worth, I had to fly out and therefore only half day tour. But just make time for full day, too much to see and to tell about. Julie was great tour guide with excellent English. Especially her routes from North Korea made
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Response from Seaside809017, 고객 담당 매니저 at DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
Responded 15 Dec 2019
Dear. 522ilsev Thank you for your positive review. We are very happy to know that you've enjoyed the tour with our guide, Julie. She is super friendly and knowledgeable, isn't she? We hope you can join the tour again with us when the DMZ area open again in the near future. We look forward to seeing you again in Korea :) Thank you again for your great review! Best Regards, Sarah Lee
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Even though the swing flu continues to cause closure of the DMZ to tourists, the modified tour was still very educational and a good experience for those Families who have small children. Jinny, our tour guide, helped to explain history of Korean War, from the Korean’s
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Response from Seaside809017, 고객 담당 매니저 at DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
Responded 30 Nov 2019
Dear. tperng25, Good day, tperng25! Thank you so much for writing the review for us :) We are glad that you and your family enjoyed the tour with Jinny. We strongly can say that she is good at explaining the history of Korea or the Korean War. Hope you enjoyed your trip to Korea and hope to see you in the near future again :) Thank you again for your great review! Kind Regards, Sarah Lee
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