DMZ TOUR

Experience the most popular DMZ tour for foreign tourists today!

  • Explore the famous 3rd Infiltration Tunnel dug by North Korea
  • Observe North Korean Villages at the close point
  • Visit Dora Station which is connected to Europe
  • Discover the most well-preserved ecological area in the world
  • Enjoy various DMZ tour packages

There is no public transport to the DMZ, though some slow progress has been made with a train line. As such, our DMZ tour, which collects you from your Hotel and transports you for the entire extent of your tour and provides a professional guide, represents the best tourist option.

WHAT IS THE DMZ

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the boundary between North and South Korea. Running along the 38th parallel it marks both the front where the Korean War ended in 1953, and the approximate division that existed when the country was split under Soviet and US administration. Despite its name the DMZ is one of the most heavily militarized areas in the world. Technically the two sides are still at war.

The actual border zone is 4 kilometres wide and 250 kilometres long. Because of the general lack of human intervention in this area a wildlife reserve was inadvertently created. There are many animal and plant species either rare or unique to this area.

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WHY IS DMZ TOUR POPULAR

The Demilitarized Zone(DMZ) is easily one of the most popular tourist sites in Korea, being the only area accusable from the North and South. Since the fall of the Berlin Wall there has been no other comparable political division in the world. There has been about 100 000 visitors per year, with the number steadily growing. Along with the political significance the DMZ has many interesting historical sites, all included on the tour.

The North Korean military effort has tunnelled into South Korea on several occasions, almost certainly as part of a planned invasion. Four tunnels are known to exist (though more may well be more), all of which are large enough to carry troops and vehicles. The third tunnel is part of the regular tour, but even today it is such a sensitive topic that photography is still forbidden.

DMZ Tour Packages

DMZ Tour Attractions

The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel

This, also called the tunnel of aggression, is often considered the highlight of the tour. Four tunnels have been discovered leading from North Korea in to the South, though there may well be more. This third tunnel, discovered in 1978, came within 27 miles of capital city Seoul, where it could have transported 30 000 armed troops per hour for a surprise invasion. The tunnel can be entered via the gift shop or a small trolley where safety equipment is provided. Photography is never allowed in the tunnel.

The North Korean military effort has tunnelled into South Korea on several occasions, almost certainly as part of a planned invasion. Four tunnels are known to exist (though more may well be more), all of which are large enough to carry troops and vehicles. The third tunnel is part of the regular dmz tour, but even today it is such a sensitive topic that photography is still forbidden.

The Third tunnel, often called the tunnel of Aggression, was discovered in October 1978; South Korean authorities grew suspicious following the detection of underground explosions in June of that year, and may have had a tip from a defector. The incomplete tunnel was a mile long and came within 27 miles of South Korea’s Capital city of Seoul. Had it been completed it could have moved 30 000 armed personnel per hour, presumably for a surprise attack on the South’s capital.

This tunnel has been open to the public tours for many years, though it is still heavily guarded and personal photography is not allowed. There are two entrances, though the majority of visitors come through the lobby gift shop where hard hats are provided. Concrete barricades prevent progression past the dividing line into the North.

The second and fourth tunnels from North Korea are quite similar in construction to the third tunnel; there are no regular tourist visits to these other sites.

A Plot: The countinuous South Korean invation strategy meeting that is still taking place after 6/25 (Korean war)

In 1971, September 25 Kim Il Sung from North Korea commanded the excavation on forced laborers for invasion to the South.

The joint communique of 4 July 1972 between the South and the North of Korea for peace.

Kim Il Sung still try to dig an underground tunnel, even after the conference

Step 1: 5 exits were purposely created at the same time to be used for overthrowing Seoul within 1 hour.

Step 2: A tactical way in passing 30,000 troops, artillery, and weapons in an hour.

In 1974, the 3rd Tunnel was found by massive research and information discovered from Mr. Kim BuSeong who was a spy infiltration to South Korea's panels of penetraton.

The South Korea had been trying to find a Tunnel for 4years.

The 3rd Tunnel was founded on 17th OCT 1978, 4km away from the South of Panmunjom and 435m from the Southern military demarcation line.

Imjingak Park

A very strange place by any standards Imjingak is both a small theme Park and a barrier with barbed wire fences. Koreans still hope for the reunification of their country, and Imjingak Park is dedicated to this thought. Many Individuals pray for relatives and tie coloured ribbons to the bridge with messages for family members in the North.

Imjingak is the site of the freedom bridge, an 83 metre structure joining the North and South, used by the returning Prisoners of War seeking freedom. It also has an original and battle scarred locomotive used by the South, riddled with over 1000 bullet marks.

The Unification Bridge

This is another symbol of potential unification. Unification Bridge was built across the Imjingang River in 1998 by the Hyundai Business group. Shortly after completion the Founder of Hyundai drew some attention to himself by crossing the bridge with 1001 cows, part of a humanitarian donating to the North Korean people. It has been nicknamed the ‘cow bridge’ ever since.

DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall

A Museum within the civilian area, showing 3D films and displaying military artefacts from the civil war and natural displays form the DMZ ecosystem. Documentary films on various aspects of the DMZ and the civil war will give you a greater understanding or Korea’s political division. Included is a film on the third infiltration tunnel.

Dora Observatory

This observatory is the closest point for viewing North Korea. The outskirts of Saeseong City and much scenery in North Korea are visible from the viewing platform, including a distant statue of Leader Kim II-Sung. Also visible on a clear day as is a fake North Korean border village. Built for propaganda purposes this artificial residence is meant to look impressive, but is apparently empty.

The Gaeseong Industrial Complex, one of the very few joint ventures between North and South Korea, can also be seen from Dora observatory. Opened in late 2004 this industrial complex uses educated North Korea labour for South Korea industrial ventures; it has had its share of disputes and been abruptly closed on more than one occasion.

Dorasan Station

This is the South’s last train stations before the North. The train tracks still connect the North and south, but the line is simply not used. Though there was a brief period during 2008 where freight trains ran between the two sides the station is now the end of the line for passenger services from Seoul.

GENERAL ADVICE FOR DMZ TOUR

  • All visitors must have a valid passport. Koreans must arrange a detailed ID check with the Ministry of unification prior to their visit.
  • Out tour guides are experienced professionals. IN order to best accommodate groups we arrange tour and guide according to language. Your group and guide will all speak English.
  • All individuals must wear neat clothing that covers arms and legs. The North Korean side has been known to take photos of tourists and claim the poor clothing represents poor living standards.
  • Some sectors require individuals to sign waver forms.

There is no public transport to the DMZ, though some slow progress has been made with a train line. As such, our DMZ tour, which collects you from your Hotel and transports you for the entire extent of your tour and provides a professional guide, represents the best tourist option.