Things to do in Seoul

The best DMZ, JSA, and Third Tunnel combined tour

56 reviews

  • 9 hours in total

  • Lunch, transport included

  • Pickup at meetup location

What To Expect

The Korea Demilitarised Zone separating North Korea and South Korea is an extraordinary place unlike anywhere else on earth. In this DMZ and JSA tour, you will learn about the historic relevance of the DMZ, and about the dynamic relationship of these two countries have at present. North Korea is a prominent talking point in global news, and entry into the country is restricted so this tour is a great opportunity to see the country with your own eyes.

Begin the tour with a drive along the 'Freedom Highway', where you can catch a glimpse of North Korea, before passing through the 'Unification Village'. Unification village is a quaint farming village, which will give you an insight into what life might be like here without all the conflict.

From the Unification Village, you will make your way to Camp Bonifas, a United Nations military outpost, where you will watch an educational documentary presentation about the DMZ, which will give you a better understanding of the DMZ and its significance in Korean history.

In the second part of this tour, your guide will take you to the Joint Security Area, which can be found within the DMZ, where you can find 'The Bridge of No Return'. The JSA has a fascinating and thought-provoking history, which your guide will do their best to explain, but don't forget to ask lots of questions! Tensions in this area can be quite high, so be sure to follow your guide's instructions.

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After some traditional Korean lunch, you will visit the 'Third Tunnel', built by the North Koreans and discovered in 1978, implying aggression towards the South.

Your final stop will take you to the Dora Observatory, which is your best chance to look over the border into North Korea using telescopes. If you are lucky you might even be able to hear the propaganda being played over the loudspeakers by both parties.

On your journey back to the pickup point, you will be given a chance to reflect on what you have learned today and be satisfied with the knowledge you had the opportunity to witness living history. If one day these countries do make peace, the story of North and South Korea will be told for many years to come, and with this tour, you will have your own story to tell!

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Itinerary

  • Meet your local guide at a meetup point (exact place will be confirmed after reservation).
  • Passport and attire check at the meetup point.
  • Board on the bus and head to the DMZ.
  • Drive through the Freedom Highway
  • Pass through the Unification Village.
  • Arrive at Camp Bonifas.
  • Watch a presentation of the DMZ.
  • Take a JSA tour including Freedom House, Sentry Post No.3, and Bridge of No Return.
  • Take a break and enjoy your lunch with a choice of Bulgogi beef or Bibimbap rice bowl.
  • Head over to the Third Tunnel under the DMZ.
  • Visit Dora Observatory to look into North Korea.
  • Drive back to Seoul.
  • End of tour at original meetup location.

Important notes

  • A colored copy of your passport must be submitted to us 07 business days in advance and bring your current valid passport on the departure date.
  • You will be charged 50% amount if canceling prior to 48 hours and 100% if canceling within 48 hours.
  • The sites are closed every Sunday, Monday and national holidays.
  • Due to the allowed time limit, the length of time for each stop shall be controlled.
  • The tour routes and schedules are subject to change without advanced notice by UNC.
  • Children under 10 years old are not allowed and should be over 11 years old for the entry.
  • ATTENTION: In NOVEMBER - 2018, JSA is AVAILABLE on these following days: 2, 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 30

What's included

  • Air-conditioned transportation
  • English-speaking guide
  • Lunch
  • Entrance fees
  • Access to all attractions mentioned above

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Plan your trip

Standard Group: DMZ, JSA and Third Tunnel
  • Booking must be made at least 07 days in advance (see Important Notes above)
  • You will be charged 50% amount if canceling prior to 48 hours and 100% if canceling within 48 hours.
  • ATTENTION: In November - 2018, JSA is AVAILABLE on these following days:
    • 2, 3, 6, 10, 13, 16, 17, 20, 21, 24, 27, 28, 30
  • You can still book our DMZ Morning Tour below
  • Instant confirmation
  • Please kindly note that we do not accept last minute bookings for the next day after 6 pm (GMT +9)
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Standard Group: DMZ Half Day Morning Tour

In November - 2018, JSA is CLOSED on some specific days. You can still book our DMZ Morning Tour

  • Instant confirmation
  • Free cancellation - 48 hrs notice
  • Please kindly note that we do not accept last minute bookings for the next day after 6 pm (GMT +9)
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No JSA unfortunately.
No JSA unfortunately. 
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Igor P.
12 days ago
Our guide’s name is Grace. She was amazing. Her...
Our guide’s name is Grace. She was amazing. Her explanations, her good mood, her kindness. She’s the best guide!! 
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Cristina C.
15 days ago
Our JSA tour was cancelled and DMZ was packed, but our tour...
Our JSA tour was cancelled and DMZ was packed, but our tour guide was very good. 
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Ping hon L.
a month ago
It was a great and insightful tour with an amazing guide....
It was a great and insightful tour with an amazing guide. Totally a worth seeing site in your trip to Korea! 
Abigail S.
3 months ago
Wonderful tour! The local guide was so friendly and...
Wonderful tour! The local guide was so friendly and informative. She provided us with lots of interesting facts about the sites. Not only about the sadness of war and death, but also positive sides and the hope of unification. The schedule was well arranged so that we had enough time to see and to learn about the Korea history. Highly recommend... Read more
Rodjana M.
3 months ago

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How do I book on Inspitrip?

To book this experience, please choose your travel date and the number of people, then make payment to confirm your slot. Due to security reasons, there are some restrictions required for this particular experience, please see the Important Notes in the Itinerary section.

What are the cancellation and refund policies?

For most experience on Inspitrip, cancellation is free if you cancel up to 48 hours before the trip date. We believe that this is the fairest way to ensure that both our travelers and local guides are happy./n However, due to military reasons, this particular tour might be cancelled last minute by the DMZ, a refund is not available in this case.

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