Guided excursion to the demilitarised zone - leaving from Seoul

3 reviews

Highlights

  • The view of North Korea from the observatory
  • The visit to the infiltration tunnel

Essential info*

  • Digital voucher accepted

Duration 6hrs30 mins

Tour with Commentary

Languages
  • English

* All details will be sent to you upon reservation

Description

Visit the demilitarised zone and its main sites during a guided tour in which you will find out about the tensions which have subsisted since the 1950s on the Korean peninsula!

A shuttle will pick you up directly from your hotel in Seoul to take you to the demilitarised zone.

First you will visit Imjingak Park. Built on the banks of the Imjin river, it features many buildings constructed in memory of the victims of the Korean War.

Your guide will take you to Freedom Bridge which links up North and South Korea.

You will visit the 3rd tunnel dug by the North Koreans during an attempted invasion of South Korea which was discovered before it was ever used, based on the testimony of a North Korean defector in 1978.

Your visit will continue to the Dora Observatory where, weather permitting, you will be able to see a North Korean village.

You will then enter the hall of the Dorasan station, the last station in South Korea before North Korea. Built as a reunification attempt, it should allow access to Pyongyang should one day the border disappear.

There will be an optional visit to the Ginseng centre where you can buy products based on this medicinal plant, or to an amethyst factory, a violet-coloured stone often used in jewellery.

Finally, the shuttle will take you back to Seoul and drop you off in front of the town hall.

Good to know

  • Availability: Tuesday to Sunday (except in exceptional circumstances)
  • Time: 8am and 11am
  • Duration: Approx. 6.5 hours
  • Departure location: your hotel
  • Language: English
     
  • A shuttle bus will come to collect you from your hotel one hour before the start of your excursion
  • You must bring your passport for this excursion
  • Any inappropriate or dangerous behaviour may result in immediate expulsion from the tour without reimbursement
  • Once you are inside the demilitarised zone, you will only be authorised to take photographs on rare occasions. Please respect all instructions given to you on this matter
  • After the excursion you will be dropped off at the Seoul town hall and not from where you were picked up by the shuttle in the morning.

The price includes:

  • Pick up from your hotel
  • Commentary by an English speaking tour guide
  • Entry into the demilitarised zone
  • Drop-off at the Seoul town hall

Price does not include:

  • Drinks
  • Lunch
  • Any purchases made during the tour
  • Tips (optional)
  • Any other extras

All other details will be provided at the time of booking.

Cancellation Terms & Conditions

No charges will be levied for cancellations made more than 7 days before the date of the activity (excluding special dates). After this, the following charges will be levied:
Between 7 and 4 days prior: 50% of the price
After this time and in case of a no-show: 100% of the price
Any reservation made for special dates cannot be cancelled, modified or refunded.

Cancellation policy terms and conditions

Customer reviews

3 reviews
  • I would recommend the guided excursion to others. Worth the money!
    Adetola A.
    May 28, 2019
  • Organisation tres bien. Seul point genant c'est de devoir telephoner avant pour savoir exactement et à quelle heure on est pris à l'hotel. Un petit mail nous confirmant ces informations auraient ete plus pratique. L'hotel n'etant pas cooperatif pour nous aider à telephoner
    claudine B.
    Nov 14, 2016
  • Guide très sympathique qui a bien expliqué tout notre parcours, l'histoire du pays etc. Il nous a même donné des informations sur les différents quartiers de Séoul, les endroits où manger etc. L'excursion en elle-même était très enrichissante. Il n'a pas fait beau mais on a quand même pu apercevoir un bout de paysage de la Corée du Nord. La remontée entre le début 3ème tunnel et l'entrée du bâtiment est très en pente ! Seul reproche, la visite forcée du musée du Ginseng (avec dégustations et tour du magasin pour nous faire acheter) à la fin, prévu nul part au programme.
    Christelle M.
    Aug 15, 2016