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Korea (Republic of)Seoul

Seoul City to DMZ Tour - Visit Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory & more

Experience the DMZ up close and see for yourself what makes this one of the most unique and fascinating places to visit in the world. Separating the Korean Peninsula since the Korean War ended in an Armistice Agreement in 1953, the demilitarized zone serves as a buffer between the highly militarized Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). The Seoul City to DMZ Tour will take you on an expedition to some of the area’s most-recognised sites, including Dorasan Station, Imjingak Park, Dora Observatory, and many more.  
  • Departure: Seoul
  • Type:
  • Duration: Approximately 7 hours
  • Meeting time: Approximately 7:00
  • Meeting point: Your hotel lobby
Highlights
  • Wander around Imjingak Park
  • Cross the Bridge of Freedom connecting North and South Korea
  • Explore the Third Infiltration Tunnel
  • Learn about the Korean War
  • Catch a rare glimpse of North Korea from Dora Observatory
  • Check out Dorasan Station
Notice
The pick-up time varies based on your hotel location and traffic conditions.You will need your passport.The tour is closed on Mondays and national holidays. If any sites on the tour are closed, alternatives will be offered.
Includes
  • Vehicle
  • Driver
  • Gas
  • Entrance fee
  • Guide (English)
Excludes
  • Tips
  • Other expense

What are some unique things to do in Seoul? Take the DMZ tour and visit Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Itaewon & more

As you leave bustling Seoul city and make your way closer to the border between North Korea and South Korea, the energy in the air is palpable. The first stop on your historical DMZ tour is Imjingak Park, the last village in South Korea before you reach the de facto border. Wander around this unique park, built in 1972 as an expression of hope for Korean unification, and learn about the Korean peninsula’s fraught history as you walk among the various weapons and military vehicles used during the Korean War. With only a fence separating Imjingak from the DMZ and the Bridge of Freedom between the two countries visible in the distance, exploring the area is an eye-opening reminder of the unique situation this divided nation finds itself in.The journey progresses as you cross the Unification Bridge, spanning the Imjin River flowing from North Korea. You’ll make your way to the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall, one of the most comprehensive museums covering everything there is to know about the Korean War and the DMZ. Next, you’re in for some adventure as you go underground and explore the Third Infiltration Tunnel, a secret passageway from North Korea across the demilitarized zone for the main purpose of spying on and invading the south. You’ll learn all about how this secret tunnel was discovered in 1978 and experience first-hand what it must have been like during those dangerous times. After the mysterious underground expeditions, you’ll head to the Dora Observatory for a stunning bird's-eye view of North Korea, which promises to be an insightful experience due to the sheer mystery that surrounds the hermit kingdom. Keep your eyes peeled for views of the Kaesong Industrial Park and even a statue of former leader of North Korea, Kim Il Sung, if you look close enough. Another poignant site of the DMZ tour is Dorasan Station, located only 650 metres from the southern border of the DMZ, set to connect the railroads of the divided nation one day – another sign of the continued hope for reunification.Before heading back to Seoul’s lively Itaewon neighbourhood for further city adventures, you will have the opportunity to see how Korean amethyst is made into beautiful baubles, get a taste of Korean ginseng products, and appreciate the untouched natural environment following the creation of the demilitarized buffer zone. 
Travel Reviews
flag/irl.svgDillon
05/17/2018
Interesting and educational"We learned so much on this tour. A real eye opener."
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flag/irl.svgDillon
05/17/2018
Interesting and educational"We learned so much on this tour. A real eye opener."