Best Half Day DMZ Tour from Seoul (No Forced Shopping)
While the Cold War happened a long time ago, Korea is the only country that still remains divided as a consequence. The DMZ lies on the border between the North and the South. This is the most heavily fortified border in the whole world, so don’t miss the chance to see it! You should expect a truly immersive and unforgettable trip on all our DMZ tours!
What to expect – kickstart your trip with our seamless itinerary
Your experience while visiting the DMZ depends mainly on the quality of your tour guide. The only way to truly understand the impact of the DMZ is to visit with a very knowledgeable guide.
Besides the historical evidence of the war, there is a whole dimension of emotion to experience. Our professional tour guides are here to help you gain that more profound insight during our DMZ Half Day tour.
This is a typical itinerary for this product
Stop At: Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park, 481-1 Samok-ri, Munsan-eup, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
This park was built to console the refugees who left North Korea during the Korean War.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: Bridge of Freedom, 1400-6 Majeong-ri, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea
You will see the Freedom bridge built to liberate 12, 773 prisoners in 1953. The bridge was used by South Koreans returning home from the North. So dive into the cultural and emotional significance of the space by walking in their footsteps decades later!
Located against a beautiful natural backdrop, the bridge is a fantastic place for photos, so get inspired and create some memories!
Duration: 10 minutes
Stop At: DMZ, Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri Imjingak Tourist information center, Paju, Gyeonggi-do South Korea
DMZ Theater – the past in action
At the DMZ Theater, you will have an opportunity to watch a short 7-8 minute video about the Korean conflict. The video provides a South Korean perspective on the Korean War, how the DMZ came about, and today’s current situation. It also gives some background to the infiltration tunnels that North Korea dug. Having just had the opportunity to walk through the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, it should be pretty enlightening.
DMZ Exhibition Hall – the best place for history lovers
The next point on your DMZ experience is the Exhibition Hall. Here, you will see some key artefacts to give you a better understanding of our bitter history. Containing photos, documents, and some remnants from the past, a walk through the Exhibition Hall will provide you with a deeper and more visual knowledge of the conflict. There are many exhibits on display and some interesting facts for history buffs.
Duration: 20 minutes
Stop At: The Third Tunnel, Nosang-ri, Jangdan-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 10800 South Korea
A stop not to be missed on our itinerary is the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Located 12 kilometres away from Munsan and 52 from Seoul, the tunnel was discovered in 1978.
Its purpose was to be used to invade the south. At 1, 635 meters long, 2 meters high and 2 wide, the tunnel has the capacity of moving an entire division per hour!
The curious fact here is that when the tunnel was discovered, North Korea alleged that the south had built it for a surprise attack, but evidence points to the contrary. Walking through will feel like you’ve stepped back in time!
Duration: 30 minutes
Stop At: Dora Observatory, Jeomwon-ri, Gunnae-myeon, Paju, Gyeonggi-do 413-920 South Korea
Enjoy clear views at Dorasan Observatory
Sitting at the top of Dorasan, the Observatory is ideal for looking across the border. This is the part closest to the North and is one of travelers’ favorite highlights on the tour! So get a once-in-a-lifetime look at isolated North Korea on our Half Day DMZ tour!
Use the high powered binoculars on the third floor for extra precision. You will be able to see the North’s propaganda village located right inside the DMZ and see as far as Gaesong, the ninth-largest city in North Korea. If you’re lucky to be here on a clear day, you’ll get to see the bronze statue of Kim Il-sung, too!
Dorasan Observatory was recently rebuilt and opened on October 22, 2018. The changes made it both higher and gave it a better angle. Now, you get the added bonus of seeing an uninhibited view of Kijong-dong, Gaesong city, and Gaesong Industrial complex!
Duration: 20 minutes
- Professional English-speaking guide
- Hotel pickup (Main Subway Station near the Hotel)
- All taxes, fees and handling charges
- KF94 Mask for COVID Effectiveness
- Entry/Admission - DMZ
- Entry/Admission - The Third Tunnel
- Entry/Admission - Dora Observatory
- Hotel Drop Off
- Confirmation will be received at time of booking
- Not wheelchair accessible
- Passport is needed on the tour day. (It is okay to bring the Military ID Card, ARC Card instead of passport.)
- Near public transportation
- Infant seats available
- PLEASE NOTE*** Tour Time can be changed depends on Military issue in DMZ.
- Most travelers can participate
- 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 40 travelers
- Face masks required for travelers in public areas
- Face masks required for guides in public areas
- Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
- Gear/equipment sanitized between use
- Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
- Guides required to regularly wash hands
- Regular temperature checks for staff
- Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
- We are putting the best effort to prevent The Corona-19 for our customer's safeies and concerns. - Disinfecting & Sterilizing frequently. - Attach the Corona-19 Prevention guidelines on the transportation.
You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start time of the experience.
This tour was very well planned and I learnt a lot about Korean history! Nancy took care of us and was very clear in her explanations. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Seoul.This tour was very well planned and I learnt a lot about Korean history! Nancy took care of us and was very clear in her explanations. Highly recommend this tour if you are in Seoul.
Nancy is a very nice and fun guide tour! She knows a lot about the history of her country and she could teach us very well! It was an interesting experience and I recommend this tour to understand a bit more about Korea history and culture.Nancy is a very nice and fun guide tour! She knows a lot about the history of her country and she could teach us very well! It was an interesting experience and I recommend this tour to understand a bit more about Korea history and culture.
This was a great tour. It was timed well, we spent the right amount of time at each stop, and the tour guide was very informative.This was a great tour. It was timed well, we spent the right amount of time at each stop, and the tour guide was very informative.
Highly recommend this half-day tour for the history and culture. Our guide, Nancy, gave illuminating summaries of the history of the Korean conflict as well as the specific history and significance of each site we visited. The information about the colored fabric on the fence at Imjingak Park was...Highly recommend this half-day tour for the history and culture. Our guide, Nancy, gave illuminating summaries of the history of the Korean conflict as well as the specific history and significance of each site we visited. The information about the colored fabric on the fence at Imjingak Park was tragic but also helped give a sense of what the conflict has meant for Koreans with family on the other side of the DMZ.
Great experience and all well planned. Thanks to our tour guide Nancy Yeon, it was amazing and we’ve receive plenty of interesting information.Great experience and all well planned. Thanks to our tour guide Nancy Yeon, it was amazing and we’ve receive plenty of interesting information.
This tour is definitively a must-do when visiting korea. The guide Nancy was really kind, dynamic and interesting ! I learned a lot during this historical journey.This tour is definitively a must-do when visiting korea. The guide Nancy was really kind, dynamic and interesting ! I learned a lot during this historical journey.