Military Demarcation Line Tour

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Tour No: S5
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Tour guide, transportation and entrance fees included.

* For afternoon tours starting at 11:00am there is a minimum number of 2 people required to join this tour.

Free Cancellation When cancelling by 5pm the day before most tours. See Details.

Tour Itinerary

  • Hotel Pick Up
  • Imjingak (Mangbaedan, The Bridge of Freedom, Bell of Peace, Dokgae Bridge, Beat131 Bunker Exhibition Hall)
  • Odu Mt. Unification Observatory (Observatory, North Korean Life’s Museum)
  • War Memorial of Korea (Korea War Museum)
  • Drop off at City Hall / Itaewon.

* No Shopping & High Quality


Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean Conflict. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several Monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center. 400 kinds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are 12 kinds of tanks and crafts on display that were used during the Korean Conflict.

Dokgae Bridge

“New Lane Towards Peace” opened on Dokgae Bridge within Imjingang Pyeonghwa Nuri Park. The old train tracks that connected South Korea and North Korea before the Korean War is used as a platform to display messages of hope and peace. Media train, a reproduction of an old passenger train car, displays media arts through a window that shows a broken Dokgae Bridge getting reconnected. Before the Korean War, Dokgae Bridge used to be the only way to travel from South Korea to North Korea. Currently the bridge is disconnected from the bombing during the Korean War.

Odu Mt. Unification Observatory

Looking at the outside of Odusan Unification Observatory
Credit: “Odu Mountain Unification Observatory” by 钉钉 is licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0

The Odusan Unification Observatory opened to the public in 1992. It’s one of the national tourist spot where foreigners like to visit and experience the stark reality of the divided Peninsula. From this Observation Platform, Songaksan Diamond Mountains in the city of Gyeseongi and 63 Building in Seoul are visible. This Observatory has five floors above ground and one underground. Various photos and computerized screens showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed on first and second floor. Products from North Korea can also be purchased here.

War Memorial of Korea

Outside of the War Memorial of Korea
Credit: “War_Memorial_Korea_20150623_18” by KOREA.NET – Official page of the Republic of Korea is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

The grounds of the War Memorial of Korea were once the headquarters of the Korean Infantry. This memorial is the largest of its kind in the world. Large weaponry and equipment used by different countries during World War II and the Vietnam War are also on display. In the Large Equipment Exhibit on the second floor, many kinds of defense industry equipment and both real and model weapons are displayed. In the Bangsan Equipment Exhibit, you can look at weapons and war equipment produced in Korea.

5 reviews for Military Demarcation Line Tour

  1. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Jones

    We visited Korea for 12 days, including Seoul, Busan, Osaek and Sokcho and this tour was one of, if not the highlight of our time in Korea. Jenny was so friendly and accomodation, but most of all she was incredibly knowledgable about Korean history and the DMZ and JSA. We would recommend this tour to anyone. As a number of people above have said, we booked a different tour which was not available at the time due to the Swine flu issue effecting pigs, but we were given the option of this tour if we wanted and I am so glad we did it! Actually seeing North Korean people from the Unification observatory and the evidence of the war at Imjingak were both very informative and also moving to see. Highly recommend.

    • Sophie VIP Travel

      Dear, Daniel Jones

      I am great to hear that you had a good tour with us.Above all thank you for the review of MDL tour .

      As the MDL tour was the alternative tour of DMZ tour but seems like people are enjoying this tour as well : )

      Hope you have chance to join the tour next time again.
      Regards, Sophie

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate Fletcher

    My tour guide, was absolutely fantastic. She spoke very good english and was able to communicate very well. Unfortunately the dmz area was closed because of a swine fever quarantine to protect live stock in the area, but we were still able to see alot of other areas. If you have some time you should absolutely take this tour with VIP travel. You won’t regret it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Laura Stuart

    At first I was very disappointed to hear that DMZ has closed due to Africa Swine Fever. However, this alternative tour turned out to be very interesting and educational. Our guide Alice was fantastic and gave us a thorough history of North and South Korea. She was very professional and kind. I highly recommend this tour for everyone who was planning to take a DMZ Tour.

  4. 5 out of 5


    Really enjoyed this tour. Moon guide was fantastic! Her stories really help undertsand the pain of the border and Korean War for Koreans. Thanks again Moon and see you next time!

    • Holly VIP Travel

      Dear , Tim
      Above all thank you for the review of MDL tour .

      As the MDL tour was the alternative tour of DMZ tour but seems like people are enjoying this tour as well : )
      Our tour guides are all knowledgeable with license .

      We always treat our customer as VIP .
      Thank you

  5. 5 out of 5

    Ralph Andrews

    We tried to book a different DMZ tour, but due to the African Swine flu the DMZ was closed. VIP were very professional contacting us immediately to offer a different option, or full refund. We opt for this MDL tour and are glad we did. Our guide Nancy was fantastic and it was the perfect alternative. Thank you VIP Travel. Also they don’t force you to shop like the other tours seem to do.

    • Holly VIP Travel

      Dear, Ralph
      Above all thank you for the review of the MDL tour .

      The MDL tour was our alternative tour due to the unavailability of the DMZ tour.
      But really good to hear that you have enjoyed the MDL tour .
      As our tour guide are all licences with several years of experiences so they could give you the informative information history of North and South Korea .
      I will pass your review to the Nancy that you have enjoyed the tour with her.:)

      Thank you

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