What is the DMZ – an exciting experience like no other
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 largely on the quality of your tour guide. Getting the most from this tour requires a good understanding of past events, the effects it had and still has on people. The only way to truly understand the impact of the DMZ is to come with a very knowledgeable guide. Besides the historical evidence of the war, there is a whole dimension of emotion to experience and our professional tour guides are here to help you gain that deeper insight. Our Half day DMZ tour offers just that, and much more!
In addition, we are the only tour operator that does not include forced shopping stops along the way to the DMZ. Our goal is to provide a high quality, once-in-a-lifetime visit while giving you the freedom to focus on the unique historical and cultural aspects! You can choose our DMZ morning tour at 8 am or if you prefer, our DMZ afternoon tour at 11 am. We usually recommend visiting in the morning (if possible), as it offers more convenience and often clearer views.
Discover an itinerary packed with action and history
Our itinerary is designed to make your visit as special and seamless as possible! We will pick you up at your hotel in Seoul. This is a complimentary service. Your visit will be lead by a fully licensed tour guide. Feel free to ask questions to make sure you understand how special this area is!
We are in charge of all the transportation to and from the DMZ, dropping you off either at City Hall or at Itaewon. The entrance fees and tickets are included in the tour, for your convenience. All you need to do is immerse yourself into your DMZ experience and not worry about any logistics!
Highlights – visit and learn about the most important spots at the DMZ
There are a few specific spots we will visit that are truly significant and should not be missed! Our Half day DMZ tour will cover them all.
Imjingak Park – tradition meets spirituality
Imjingak Park was built as a safe space to console the refugees that came from North to South Korea during the Korean War. There is a railway connecting the two countries which was taken apart during the conflict. Here, you will find Mangbaedan altar. This is where refugees bow to their ancestors as it looks at the direction of the graveyard. The tradition happens on Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving).
Following on, you can see the Unification Pond which is built in the shape of the Korean peninsula and is a beautiful place to take photos! Finally, visit the Peace Bell in this area.
The Bridge of Freedom – a walk through history
Next, on our Half day DMZ tour, you will see the Freedom bridge, which was built to liberate 12,773 prisoners in 1953. The bridge was used by South Koreans returning home from the North. 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 an amazing place for photos, so get inspired and create memories!
Explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
A stop not to be missed on our itinerary is the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. Located 12 kilometers 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! If you aren’t comfortable with closed spaces, you’re welcome to wait by the exit.
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 the current situation today.
It also gives some background to the infiltration tunnels that were dug by North Korea. Having just had the opportunity to walk through the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, it should be quite 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 artifacts 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 give you a deeper and more visual knowledge of the conflict.
The gallery is comfortable and well-lit. There are a good number of exhibits on display and some interesting facts for history buffs. You will also learn about how wild life has blossomed in the DMZ, where there is no longer human interference.
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! 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 which is 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 actually 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!
Dorasan Station – a crossroad point
This station was constructed with the idea of connecting railroads between the North and the South. It was also nearby here that the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel was discovered. Today, still not in operation it holds an emotional and eerie feeling. By walking through the station you can feel a sense of the willingness to move past the jaded past.
Having a DMZ Experience while in Korea is the ultimate way to learn about both the North and South. Don’t miss out on this unique tour! Take advantage of our well-organized Half day DMZ tour that is sure to not skip a beat!