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DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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Seoul, South Korea
DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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Visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) during your stay in Seoul on this half-day tour. A border zone that separates North Korea and South Korea, the DMZ presents the chance to learn a bit about the history of conflict between the two countries. You can enter one of the tunnels and visit Dora Observatory, where you can look at North Korea through a telescope, depending on the weather.
  • Get a chance to visit the DMZ on this half-day tour from Seoul
  • Learn about the Korean War and the conflict between North and South Korea
  • On a clear day, look through a telescope into North Korea
  • Round-trip transport from central Seoul is included
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Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only(if option is selected)
Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong
Professional local guide
Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
Pistol Shooting (if option is selected)
Gondola (if afternoon tour option is selected)
Hotel drop-off

Departure Point

Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Meetingpoint: Koreana Hotel 1F(ground floor) at 07:50 am. (This is for travelers who chose meeting point option)

Departure Time

7:50 AM

Return Details

Myeong-dong, Seoul, South Korea

Return Details

Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice.
  • A pick-up service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
  • Hotel pickup is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our staff will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
  • All schedules are subject to change due to road conditions(roadworks, traffics etc.), weather conditions (storms, hurricanes, dense fog, heavy snow, etc.) and the government order, strike, and any other unforeseen reasons for the military reason such as military training, visiting higher level of military personnel etc. In this case, we reserve the right to cancel and/or alter any/all part of the itinerary which may result from circumstances beyond our control. We will do our utmost to improve that situation. However, we can NOT grant refunds. * Alternative itinerary Imjingak park > Art Space BEAT 131 > Odusan Unification Observatory > The war memorial of Korea > Dismissal at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers like ginseng center or amethyst factory.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you didn't receive confirmation email with a pick-up time, please contact us via email or calls.
  • For the pistol shooting, participants must over age 14.
  • We take the gondola afternoon tour only. If you'd like to take the gondola, please choose afternoon tour option.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During the pandemic situation, visit some places may be prohibited.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
How can I let you know where to pick me up?
A:We offer pick ups from most hotels, although for some hotels down narrow streets,we will need to collect you from the nearest subway station. Let us know where you are staying in the 'Special Requirements' box in the Traveler Details section during checkout. Or you can let us know after booking by visiting 'Manage my Booking' and emailing us there.
Jul. 2019
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory ?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
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Traveller Tips

  • "As this is a half-day tour including travelling, dont expect to spend hours at every sight." See review
  • "Go to the War Museum in Seoul (free entry) - it is massive and will tell you everything about the war in a lot more detail." See review
  • "Definitely not worth the time or money unless you just wanna brag that you've seen North Korea." See review


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Not what we paid for but glad we went
Rosy A
, Dec. 2019
The trip was good and we learnt a lot, but we were very disappointed that we couldn’t go to the actual DMZ. I understand the reason was due to the African Swine Flu, which is obviously no fault of the tour operator. However I saw some information regarding the closure from October this year, on another website, but as this tour was being sold as a DMZ visit we assumed the closure had been lifted. We booked two nights before the trip and the following morning received the email saying that we wouldn’t be going to the actual DMZ. So we know that when we paid for the tour, the company knew we wouldn’t be getting the package we paid for. It’s a bit of a scam but we wanted to go anyway instead of arguing for our money back. I am glad we visited the places we did but I wish the closure had been mentioned when we made the booking. Would still recommend but just be aware.
DMZ tour
, Nov. 2019
Dmz tour was very informative . The guide was very helpful and the timing was perfect . Our guide was Julie , the actual DMZ trip was cancelled due to the swine flu but the alternative was very good.
Excellent guide, curiosity satisfied
, Oct. 2019
A very good half day tour overall. Our guide, Julie, spoke excellent English and was very accommodating and knowledgeable. The walk down into the tunnel was good, but be aware that you have to walk back up.
Excellent tour for a 1/2 day of DMZ
, Sep. 2019
Yura was a wonderful tour guide. She was very knowledgeable, managed our time very well especially with a group of 40+, and provided great direction to maximize the experience and everything there was to offer. Thanks Yura:)
DMZ tour incl. Dora observatory
, Sep. 2019
smooth booking and well organized pick up. Guide was very pleasant and her English was OK. The only negative thing I can say about is that i found the whole tour kind of "quick, quick", so you are constantly pressured to move on due to the limited time schedule which makes it sometimes stressy.
Excellent DMZ
Ming K
, Sep. 2019
The place is crowded with tourists but I'd still highly recommend it. Best daytrip of all trips. No shopping!
Informative and organised
, Aug. 2019
Yura was a great tour leader, friendly, explained everything and we enjoy very much. Would recomend!
Great value for 6 hours
Denise D
, Aug. 2019
Jinny was a friendly and knowledgeable tour guide. On the way to the DMZ she filled us in on the history of the Korean War and the sights we would see. The tour may seem rushed if you want to look at every single detail and linger but it’s actually perfect if you just want to experience the highlights of the DMZ. I’m interested in transit so one of my favorite souvenirs was buying a train tickets (for 1,000 Won, or $0.80 USD) from Dorasan station to Pyongyang and getting it stamped. Of course it’s a fake ticket, but cool nonetheless.
nice experience
, Jul. 2019
Even though the weather was not the best, this trip was really nice. It's my second time booking a half day trip on viator, and this time was also really cool, now I went with my family. Gabby was a perfect tour leader.
Not Much to See
, Jul. 2019
This is probably the cheapest DMZ tour there is on Viator (Not to be confused with the Joint Security Area). You'll be able to see North Korea, but that is pretty much it. The North Korean flag and the fake village are the "highlight" of the Dora Observatory. The 3rd tunnel (where the DMZ letters are), was extremely boring. You go down a relatively steep slope only to peer through 1 of the 3 barriers and that's all. I was thoroughly dissappointed and regretted going for the tour. The tour company and guide were decent though. English was rather clear. Definitely not worth the time or money unless you just wanna brag that you've seen North Korea. Tour Staff: 4 out of 5 Tour Content: 1 out of 5

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