Half-day Korea DMZ tour package from Seoul (morning or afternoon)

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The DMZ is Korea’s demilitarized zone. It was established in 1953 at the cease-fire of the Korean War, the DMZ represents the area 2 km north and south from the Military Demarcation Line between North Korea and South Korea.  It is only located 1.5 hours from Seoul but access is very limited and only organized tour can enter.  This Korea DMZ half-day tour will bring you to this mysterious place to learn about the North and South Korea. Join either the morning DMZ or afternoon DMZ tour and be picked up conveniently from President Hotel near Cityhall station and Euljiro-1ga station. Do not worry about how to get to DMZ, transportation, and admissions: the best DMZ tour is here to bring you to a rich historical sightseeing to the Imjingak Park, Unification Bridge, 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station!

Short Information

Availability
Tue- Sundays
(Except for national holidays)
Duration
6 Hrs
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Tour type
Join in Group
Language
English
Minimum pax
1 pax
Booking due
2 Days
Cancellation
100% refund before 7 days
Age
All ages
Meeting location
President Hotel (Near Euljiro 1ga St. Exit 8)
Included
- Round-trip transportation
- English speaking tour guide
- DMZ admission fees
Excluded
- Hotel pick-up and drop-off (drop off at Itaewon)
- Meals and drinks

Overview

FOLLOW A PROFESSIONAL ENGLISH-SPEAKING TOUR GUIDE TO VISIT ALL THE IMPORTANT PLACES AT THE DMZ! 

1) Imjingak Park

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Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line 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 war.In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950.  Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak.


2) The Unification Bridge (Tongildaegyo)


The bridge is more like a symbolic bridge built back in 1998, wishing unification between North and South Korea. It was built by Hyundai Business Group of South Korea. Underneath the bridge you can see a river which is called Imjingang, coming down from North Korea. The bridge also has a nickname which is the “Cow Bridge”. The founder of Hyundai whose name was Jung Juyoung crossed this bridge and went to North Korea in 1998 with precisely 1,001 cows. Since then, we have been calling it the cow bridge.


3) DMZ theater and exhibition hall

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 The DMZ exhibition hall displays leaflets used during the 6.25 Korean Civil War, military letters, bayonets, empty cartridges, pottery found in DMZ, etc… The DMZ theatre features 3D moving pictures to understand easily how Korea got divided.


4) The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel


-The highlight of the DMZ tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. Since 1974, South Army has discovered four tunnels crossing the MDL (Military Demarcation Line). The tunnels are believed to have been planned as a military invasion or infiltration route. Each tunnel is large enough to enable the passage of 30,000 soldiers in one hour.
-The 3rd Infiltration tunnel discovered in 1978 penetrates into South Korea by 435 meters beyond the ceasefire line.  You are going to hear how the tunnel was discovered with more detailed information on the tour. After listening to the story, you will enter into the actual tunnel to find the ambition of North Korea to make another sudden invasion.


5) Dora Observatory (OP Dora)


-Dora Observatory is the closest observation post to North Korea. From the observation platform, the North Korean scenery is visible, and so are the outskirts of Gaeseong City, the 3rd largest city of North Korea. Especially, you can view the Gaeseong Industrial Complex operated by both Koreas. If you use the binocular, a statue of Kim Il-sung can be found near the Gaeseong City.
-You can also observe a fake North Korean border village. Within DMZ of Northside, there’s a small village called “Propaganda Village.” On a clear day, you can view through binocular that it is actually a deserted town. Like a multi-million dollar Hollywood filming set, some lights flicker on and off at set times to create the illusion of people living there.


6) Dorasan Station

DMZ-Dorasan Station
A sign in the Dorasan station reads, “Not the last station from the South, But the first station toward the North.” For now, it is the northernmost station of South Korea which is only 700m, or a half mile away from the southern boundary of DMZ. The milestones of Dorasan Station (205km to Pyeongyang, 56km to Seoul) imply the reality of the division between two Koreas and the hope of a future. Although the tracks are connected, the north regime doesn’t allow trains to pass through, making the $40 million station sit unused. However, it serves as a beacon of hope for the reunification of two Koreas. Currently, it’s the last stop, but someday it might take you to Europe through the Trans-Siberian Railway.

Price

Price What is included

Morning tour

ADULT US$55.00 US$46.00
CHILD* US$38.00 US$32.00

Afternoon tour

ADULT US$66.00 US$54.00
CHILD* US$46.00 US$38.00
  • Round-trip transportation from Seoul
  • English speaking tour guide
  • DMZ admission fees

* Child (ONLY 2-6 years old - age on the tour date) - there will be an ID verification & those under 2 years old may enter for free
* There will be an additional charge (in KRW) on the tour date after ID verification if you had purchased the wrong ticket for your child *

What is not Included
  • Hotel pick-up and drop-off (drop off at Itaewon)
  • Meals and drinks

Itinerary

CHOOSE a FLEXIBLE SCHEDULE FOR MORNING or AFTERNOON TOUR!

  • Option 1:  Morning tour : 8:10AM – 2:30PM (Approx.)
  • Option 2:  Afternoon tour:  11:00AM – 6PM (Approx.)
Pick up  8:10AM (morning)  / 11:00AM (afternoon) at President hotel(check below pickup location)
  • Imjingak Park
  • The Unification Bridge
  • ID Check
  • DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall
  • The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
  • Dora Observatory
  • Dorasan Station
  • Amethyst factory or Ginseng Center
Drop off at Itaewon

* Times may vary depending on traffic and local conditions. Please note that the schedule may change and delayed due to heavy traffic especially on holidays

Map

DMZ is Korea’s demilitarized zone

Click the location marker () below for the direction on the google map

Pickup/Meeting Location

President Hotel near Euljiro 1ga St. Exit 8 (Line 2) and Cityhall St. Exit 5 (Line 1, Line 2)

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Reminders

  • Every participant MUST BRING PASSPORT on the tour. You will be asked to show your passport to join this DMZ tour, otherwise, you may not enter DMZ. NO refund will be given if you are rejected admission without a passport.
  • Child (ONLY 2-6 years old - age on the tour date) - there will be an ID verification & those under 2 years old may enter for free.
  • There will be an additional charge (in KRW) on the tour date after ID verification if you had purchased the wrong ticket for your child.
  • Please arrive 10 minutes ahead of departure. The tour bus will NOT wait for those who are late.
  • Specific seats can NOT be reserved in advance.
  • The itinerary is subject to change depending on traffic and weather conditions on the tour date. Traveling time may take as much as twice the time on weekends and holidays due to heavy traffic.
  •  If there's an unannounced military training or official event, the tour may be canceled on the day of the tour with short notice. Tour may also be canceled due to heavy rain or snow.
  • Please plan to wear comfortable clothing as there will some walking. The tour partner does not take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.
  • If you have young children and will bring a baby stroller, please note it in "SPECIAL REQUESTS"

Cancellation Policy

  • 100% refund: 7 business days (by 5 pm KST) before the selected date
  • 70% refund: 3 business days (by 5 pm KST) before the selected date
    (e.g: if your selected date is Tuesday, contact us by Thursday)
  • No refund: After 5 pm KST 3 business days before the selected date or No show

*To request a reschedule, please contact us 3 business days (by 5pm KST) before the selected date.  

 

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Half-day Korea DMZ tour package from Seoul (morning or afternoon)

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  1. VERONICA REINA HERNANDEZ
    Rated 5 out of 5

    VE*** R***   Spain 

    Although it is a half-day tour, it was very complete and our guide Han – Han Solo 😉 – was really nice and gave us a lot of useful information. We also had the opportunity to ask questions to a person who had lived in North Korea, and it was so interesting listening to what this person had to tell. As a negative point, I think it should be more clear that is quite hard to quit the 3rd tunnel, due to the slope and the distance.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for leaving such a nice review. Your feedback makes us better. We will share your opinion with our partner so that tourists can fully understand at the 3rd tunnel.😉

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ra*** N***     

    the guide was wonderfully good. He had a lot of knowledge about the trip and gave good recommendations along the way. Recommend the trip with this company!

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for your kind review about DMZ tour! We are also happy to hear that you enjoyed the tour a lot. Our partner company has a very professional guide and we only have approved partners for our visitors! Hope you can come back next time and see you again!:)

  3. Rated 4 out of 5

    Ja*** J***   Philippines 

    We went on the trip on a Chuseok holiday and we thoroughly enjoyed everything. The tour guide, SP, was kind, approachable and funny. He was also very knowledgeable about the history of the places and shared a great deal of information with us. For a good price, we got to see a lot of significant places in half a day. The only reason I gave it 4 stars is that some of the stops felt rush and we would have enjoyed more time savoring some places. But overall, the tour was an good adventure about the other side of Korea.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for your comments! We are glad that you had a great time with our partner for DMZ tour. Usually, because they have a certain time to visit all the places because it is half day tour, they are a little in hurry but please understand and we will deliver your message to our partner! Thank you for your nice experience and hope to see you again!:)

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Mi*** H***     

    Our guide George was very kind and helpful. He spoke clearly and could answering all our questions.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for your kind comment Miriam! We are very happy that you enjoyed the tour with our partner!
      Our partner’s guides are mostly very nice, experienced and qualified guides. We are trying to keep quality partners to provide our customers with better service. Hope to see you again when you come back to Korea! 🙂

  5. Nur Ashika Abu Bakar
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Nu*** A***   Singapore 

    Our guide Mr Park is very knowledgeable and entertaining. He is able to summarise the history of every sites without missing out on the details. He serenade us to songs when we return to the meeting point on time hehe… On our way out of the 3rd tunnel, he help to hold my helmet when he noticed that i’m having difficulties climbing the inclined slope of the tunnel. Thank you Mr Park for making our trip to DMZ a pleasant and comfortable journey.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for your comments! We are glad that you have satisfied our partner’s service with DMZ tour. We will deliver your comments to our partner and hope to see you again next time too.

  6. Caryn Peh
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Ca*** P***   Singapore 

    Tour guide Michelle was efficient and friendly, making sure we are on time and gave us clear instructions on the various stops. The dorason station, observatory and reunification village stops were very brief and rather rushed. Nonetheless, we had time to do quick shopping and pick up DMZ souvenirs. The bulk of the time was spent at infiltration tunnel which had just over 1 hour, ample time. However, do note that the tickets included was for a walking tour, while walking down slopes into the tunnel was not taxing, the walk up slope was. There is another alternative of taking a train which costs more but was not included in our tour. Overall, would recommend this tour for firat timers to expereince the DMZ.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for your comments and we are glad that you enjoyed the tour! Yes, this is a walking course in infiltration tunnel as tourist can start to see this tunnel regardless of your arrival time at there. Because there is train taking but it should be reserved in advance and need to keep time so may not flexible for a big group. Our tour operator focus for more efficiency and flexibility and you can see the tunnel while you walk down and up for just 10-15 mins ^^. Hope it is clear and and see you again! 🙂

  7. Rated 4 out of 5

    Di*** F***     

    Such a cool trip and I think that they did an awesome job of educating everyone on the history of the area as well as current events regarding the two Koreas. We did however make a strange stop to a Sapphire shop and felt some pressure to buy, that was the only part of the trip I didn’t quite like. Would still recommend overall!

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for sharing your experience of DMZ Tour! We are happy that you enjoyed the tour. However, the tour is originally including on shopping area randomly. It is not compulsory for you to buy but We feel very sorry that if you felt some pressure. We are considering other DMZ product currently and we will make sure that we can offer the better service next time.:)

  8. Jocelyn Santiago
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Jo*** S***   United States (US) 

    I had an amazing time during the half-day Korea DMZ tour, they take care of everyone and have a big knowledge of all the important topics about bout Korea’s. I’m doing more excursion with Korea Travel Easy will I’m in Korea!

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you for sharing your experience of DMZ Tour!:) We are happy to hear that you satisfied the tour. Also, we hope to see you again next time.

  9. Robert.goldberg@accenture.com
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Ro***@****     

    We had a great time on the DMZ tour arranged by Korea Travel Easy. Our tour guide was Han and he extremely knowledgeable and entertaining throughout the tour. I highly recommend this tour. My children who were 15 and 17 learned so much more about the history of Korea than they previously understood from their history classes from our USA High Schoool system.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thank you very much for your kind comments! We were very happy to help you with your tour in Korea. Also, we like to hear that the tour was helpful for your family to understand more about Korea. Hope to see you again and we will try our best to provide you with a better service next time.

  10. Rated 5 out of 5

    St*** S***     

    Fantastic tour. Lots of sights, and also frequent opportunities to have refreshments and bathroom breaks at each stop. Comfortable coach and they picked up from hotel lobby. Knowledgable and friendly guide called Vicky. And grace from KoreaTravelEasy got in touch the day before to confirm departure time. Great value and would highly recommend overall. Thanks!!

  11. Manish Kumar
    Rated 5 out of 5

    Ma*** K***   United Kingdom (UK) 

    Lovely and informative tour, sadly due to foggy weather lots of delays and unable to see too much.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Hello, Manish! Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us! KoreaTravelEasy is glad that this DMZ tour was informative for you and your family. However, we are sorry about the weather condition that caused you some trouble to enjoy your trip. We definitely wish to see you again on your next trip! Thank you! Have a great day, Manish 🙂

  12. Rated 5 out of 5

    Ay*** A***   Philippines 

    I learned a lot. As an adult, I can’t say I truly understand history of north and south Korea by the book and how the conflict started. But this trip has helped a lot. Very organized trip and facilities were outstanding. Tour guide SP was very enthusiastic in explaining in every details. Thanks also to Ms. Amy for arranging a special tour for us. KTE really takes care of their customers. I will definitely recommend this to my friends and family. Ayen Fontanilla San Jose Del Monte Bulacan

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Hello, Ayen!
      Thank you for your honest feedback 🙂 We are glad that you had such a fruitful time with KoreaTravelEasy, DMZ tour! It’s always our pleasure to serve our customers so that they can enjoy their time in Korea.
      Hope to see you again when you’re back <3 Thanks!

  13. Alex Heung
    Rated 4 out of 5

    Al*** H***   United Kingdom (UK) 

    The trip is great and the tour guide works professional. If the trip can add the train tour inside the tunnel will be more perfect.

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      Thanks for your feedback~ haha we also hope the train tour in the tunnel but it is military facility is controlled by military from government~ hope you understand 🙂

  14. Rated 5 out of 5

    St*** C***   United Kingdom (UK) 

    Amazing and informative tour around the border! We were able to go to a variety of spots and spend time there learning about the history and taking it in at our own pace. The guide was easy to understand, charismatic and open to questions, and I was able to learn a lot. I would definitely recommend 🙂

    • KoreaTravelEasy    

      thank you for your review and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at DMZ ! Hope to see you with us soon again

  15. Rated 5 out of 5

    Di*** C***     

    Great tour! Thorough explanation about the DMZ and got to see several different places in one day. Comfortable coach and the guide was very knowledgable. Worth it!

    • KoreaTravelEasy     

      Hello Diana, thank you for your review and we are happy to hear that you enjoyed your time at DMZ ! Hope to see you with us soon again 🙂

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