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Munsan-eup, Majeong-ri,Imjingak Tourist information center

The Basics

Even with its past, the area is quite safe for travelers and is one of the most fascinating day trip options from Seoul. The DMZ can only be visited as part of an organized, guided tour, during which travelers get the chance to see the Joint Security Area (JSA), also known as Panmunjom, where the North and South met for peace talks during the war. Visitors can also see both North Korean and South Korean soldiers each guarding their respective sides of the DMZ. Other common stops on the tour include Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Freedom Bridge, and the Dora Observatory, where it's possible to look across the border into North Korea.

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Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
star-4.5
USD45.50 per adult
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Learnt lots about recent history of Korea
Great tour. We had a group of 7 on our tour. Visited the peace park, observation tower and museum. Really informative and helpful guide.
afjelliot, Feb. 2020

Recent reviews from experiences in Seoul

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Interesting!
Louisa_H, Jun. 2021
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
The tour was quite extensive and interesting. The guide was very knowledgeable and friendly. I would recommend for anyone wanting to see the DMZ :)
star-5
Friendly Tour Guide!
Joyce_N, Jul. 2021
[Premium Private DMZ Tour] with N-Seoul Tower include Korean Authentic lunch
Chance Kim was a fantastic tour guide! He made the whole experience so fun and personable - it was like going on a trip with a good friend. The trip itself was comfortable, lunch was fantastic, and everything went smoothly. I would definitely recommend Mr.Kim for any of the tours that he offers!
star-5
"Don't miss" experience!
Whitney_T, Jul. 2021
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
I cannot say enough good things about our tour. Our guide (Sunny) was so wonderful! On the bus ride to the start of the tour she gave very helpful historical information in a fun and engaging way. She took care of all our needs and explained the itinerary clearly. Each member of the tour group was given an ear reciever which connected to Sunny's microphone so we could always hear explanations clearly. It was a great experience that I would recommend to anyone!
star-5
Satisfied with the tour
alicekus, Sep. 2019
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
Thank you for organising this tour. The pick up is very convenient just outside hotel. The journey was smooth. DMZ area is clean. I like the Dora observatory. Thanks to the tour guide Katie for taking care of us
star-5
Nice trip
Explore749880, Sep. 2019
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
We enjoy so much the way to DMZ. The pick up was on time, the bus was neat and clean. Kim was a very nice tourist guide. Thanks!
star-5
Our guide was very knowledgeable...
Monarose, Jan. 2018
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Half-Day Tour from Seoul
Our guide was very knowledgeable with the DMZ tour since he is a Korean soldier. We felt lucky because he was our guide. He ensured safety to all of us. We were given just a small time to visit some sites but it was understandable since this is only a half day tour. Generally, we were happy with it.
star-5
Great tour despite DMZ closure
alfredchiaro, Jan. 2020
Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul
Had a great experience despite the DMZ area near the border was closed due to government restrictions. The tour provided a good alternative, and our guide Sadie was amazing!
star-5
Amended tour due to closed DMZ
shabbs1976, Jan. 2020
Private DMZ tour from Seoul
Due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the DMZ was closed on our allotted tour date. As such an alternative tour was arranged, which our group of five adults fully enjoyed. Our guide, Mr Song, was fantastic. He was prompt, professional and very informative, keeping us up to date with information and also had a great background to explain all the sites we saw and the historical significance. Thank you Mr Song, for being a great guide to Seoul.
star-4
Good experience
thomas_m, Dec. 2020
No Shopping DMZ Half Day Tour from Seoul
we were unable to actually visit the DMZ because of swine flu but it was still a fruitful experience. The bus was prompt and our guide was informative. Only thing that could’ve been better was the war museum, we were left to walk around on our own, which was fine, but personally don’t think it’s enough considering the price of the trip. But it was still an enjoyable time and would love to redo the tour during a time when there’s no more swine flu!
star-4
This historic hot spot is a must for history buffs
Michael G, Nov. 2019
Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea
Although the DMZ has a bit of a carnival atmosphere it is non the less an important and serious place worth visiting. It would be a good idea for young people to study up on Korean history and the Korean conflict in particular.
star-5
Great trip with knowledgable guide
33JamesW, Nov. 2019
Private DMZ Tour
The guide was great, he is part of the south Korean Army and was very knowledgable about the DMZ and gave us lots of insights into the history and was happy to answer any questions anyone had. The trip was slightly amended due to the swine flu outbreak but the only thing we could not do was the infiltration tunnel.
star-5
Best trip ever!
tracybrownenp, Oct. 2019
Full-day Customizable private DMZ tour with Korean BBQ
The flexibility was the best! Since the DMZ was closed, we got to visit all the places my father really wanted to see. He was stationed here in 62 & 63. He has been wanting to see these places again for the past several years. Our tour guide was the best! She accommodated my 81 year old dad with what ever he wanted to see. It was an adventure for all of us! It was just my father and I who came - a trip of a life time for me! THANK YOU SO MUCH!

Things to Know Before You Go

  • The DMZ is a must-see for history buffs.

  • Choose a full- or half-day tour, lasting between 6 and 10 hours.

  • The DMZ can only be visited on a guided tour; no independent visits are permitted.

  • Don't forget your passport, as you'll need it for security check.

  • Dress conservatively and avoid wearing any "commercial" military clothing.

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How to Get There

Travelers wanting to go to the DMZ must visit with a guide, and tours need to be booked at least a few days ahead of time for security reasons. Tours typically include pickup and drop-off from either your hotel in Seoul or a central meeting point, so there's no hassle with transportation to and from the various points of interest.

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When to Get There

Tours to the DMZ can be canceled on short notice, so it's a good idea to book for your first full day in Seoul so you have time to reschedule as needed. For the best weather, plan to visit in spring or fall. Expect high humidity and more frequent rainfall during the summer months, and dress for chilly weather in winter—temperatures tend to hover in the 20s and 30s F.

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Dress to Impress at the DMZ

The DMZ has a strictly enforced dress code, partly because North Korean soldiers have been known to take photos of poorly dressed tourists to use in propaganda "proving" that other nations are too poor to afford proper clothing. Leave the ripped jeans, sandals, and halter tops at the hotel.

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