DMZ Tour: JSA + 3rd Tunnel + Imjingak Park + Dora Observatory By

DMZ Tour: JSA + 3rd Tunnel + Imjingak Park + Dora Observatory

DMZ Combined Tour (*JSA is currently unavailable for tour*) Select ₩ 130,000 ₩ 150,000

DMZ Combined Tour (*JSA is currently unavailable for tour*)

  • JSA, 3rd Tunnel, Dora Station, Dorasan Observatory, Imjingak Park & Freedom Bridge , Tongil Bridge
  • Round-trip bus service from Seoul
  • Admission fees
  • English-speaking Tour Guide
  • Lunch
  • Personal Expenses
  • Odu observatory

Must book at least 4 days in advance

Why This Offer

  • Feel the tension first-hand and get an all-encompassing look at the world’s most militarized border
  • Learn about the Korean War and tensions along the DMZ from knowledgeable English-speaking tour guides
  • Peek inside the secretive North Korean state from a number of vantage points, and get an up-close look at its army at the Joint Security Area (JSA)
  • Visit numerous historical sites around the DMZ, including the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Freedom Bridge, and Dorasan Station
  • Convenient round-trip transportation from Seoul City Hall 

What to Expect

Get an intimate, alternative look at the division of Korea through this premium package that includes a tour of numerous sites along the DMZ, including:

 The Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only area along the DMZ that South and North Korean forces stand face-to-face.

The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located near the site of the JSA, was built by North Korea to sneak troops under the DMZ into South Korea if war broke out.

Imjingak Park, home to Freedom Bridge, is a massive park located right next to the Civilian Line of Control, and the symbolic steam locomotive derailed by bombs during the Korean War.

You will get to visit Dorasan Station, which was once part of the old Gyeongui Line connecting Seoul to Pyongyang. The Dora observatory is a viewing platform on a hill that allows you to see directly into North Korea. 

You will first need to meet our staff at the Koreana Hotel located in the city hall. You can get to Koreana Hotel by taking the Seoul Subway.

1. Take Seoul Subway Line 5 to Gwanghamun Station and go out Exit 6 then follow the directions in the picture.
2. Go straight 100 meters (1min) and you will see Koreana Hotel on your right side.

   

 

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Arrive at Koreana Hotel
07:30 am ~ 07:50 am Koreana Hotel

Go inside and take the elevator to the 8th floor, Panmunjom Travel Center (PTC) office. The staff will meet and assist you in boarding the bus. 

  • Departure Point:  Koreana Hotel 8th Floor - PTC Office
  • Bus Departure Time: 8:00 am
  • Please arrive at least 10 minutes in advance

 

 

Guests are first brought to Imjingak Park, one of the most popular DMZ tourist destinations for Korean and foreign visitors alike. The park is home to both Freedom Bridge and Mangbaedan.

Freedom Bridge
The site of prisoner repatriations at the end of the Korean War.
Mangbaedan
Located on the opposite side of Imjingak Park, where those displaced by the war continue to perform ancestral rites for deceased relatives in the North. Thousands of ribbons are hung along the fence of the Line of Control, with messages of hope to see long lost family members and the reunification of Korea. 
Steam Locomotive at Jangdan Station
Passing Mangbaedan Alter in the direction of the Bridge of Freedom, you will come upon an old, rusted steam locomotive that previously ran on the Gyeongui Line into what is now North Korea. This is a symbol of the tragic history of the division into North and South Korea, having been left in the DMZ since it got derailed by bombs during the Korean War.
 

 

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3rd Tunnel
09:00am ~ 12:30pm

 

Then it’s time to head over to Infiltration Tunnel #3, which is one of four known tunnels under the border between North Korea and South Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Korean soldiers in 1978, located just 44 kilometers from Seoul. It was estimated that 30,000 North Korean soldiers could move through the tunnel per hour with light weaponry. It has since been barricaded by the South Korean military and converted into a tourist attraction.

 

 

 

Guests are then brought to the final railway stop before the DMZ, Dorasan Station.

 

 


 

 

 

Then you will explore Dora Observatory, first opened on January 1987, for an immaculate view of the DMZ and a look inside North Korea from the closest point to the North. There are binoculars that you can use for 500 Won for 2 minutes closer glimpse into a closed-off country.

 

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Lunch
12:40pm ~ 1:20pm

Bulgogi meal

Guests must present a valid passport at the checkpoint. Those without a valid passport will not be allowed to enter Camp Bonifas to tour the Joint Security Area. 



 

 

Located 400 meters south of the southern boundary of the DMZ, Camp Bonifas is home to the united nation command security battalion - Joint Security Area (JSA).

 

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JSA Video Briefing
1:45pm ~ 2:15pm

A video presentation and briefing on the Joint Security Area (JSA) and DMZ will be given by soldiers of the United Nations Command before being guided to the JSA.

Get a look at the JSA, the only point along the DMZ where South and North Korean soldiers stand face to face. Guests will get to go inside the Peace House, the main conference room where numerous negotiations between the two sides have taken place, and get up-close with North Korean soldiers located just over the Military Demarcation Line. 

 


Freedom House

Located on the immediate southern half of the JSA, Freedom House is a four-story building housing facilities for inter-Korean contacts, meeting, and exchanges, as well as the offices and conference room of the Neutral Nations Supervisory Commission. Visitors to the JSA are brought through here before heading to the negotiation rooms.

Demarcation Line
Visitors can technically step onto North Korean territory while touring the inside of the main negotiation room, but don’t try to cross the Military Demarcation Line once your outside!

Negotiation Rooms (Conference Rooms)

The most famous site in the JSA, which are situated smack in the middle of the Military Demarcation Line, with one half in the North and other in the South. Visitors can technically step onto North Korean territory while touring the inside of the main negotiation room, but don’t try to cross the Military Demarcation Line once your outside!

Peace House

Peace House is another building on the southern half of the JSA located just behind Freedom House. This building is solely designated for non-military purposes, handling all peace talks and meeting and exchanges between non-military officials from the North and South. 

Panmun Pavilion (판문각)

Standing right across on the northern side of the Military Demarcation Line is Panmun Pavilion. This building functions as an office for North Korean security guards at the JSA and a waiting room for both tourist groups to the JSA and North Korean military officials on their way to meeting their UNC counterparts. 

Bridge of No Return
This small, debilitated bridge on the far western part of the JSA crosses the Military Demarcation Line between North and South Korea holds huge historical significance. It earned the name “Bridge of No Return” during the end of the Korean War when it was used for prisoner exchanges. It was the final ultimatum given to POWs brought to the bridge for repatriation. Visitors are not allowed near the Bridge of No Return, but it is visible from parts of the JSA.  It was also the site of the repatriation of the crew of USS Pueblo in 1968.
Monument of the Korean Axe Murder Incident
Visit the monument of the Korean axe murder incident, in which two US soldiers were murdered by North Korean soldiers wielding axes, nearly sparking a second Korean War.

 

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Exit the JSA from Unification Bridge and Depart for Seoul
3:30pm
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Arrive in Seoul ( Koreana Hotel)
04:30pm
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Important Information

Booking Process

  1. Select your preferred options through the "Package Options" section above

  2. Complete the payment and we will send you the voucher via email (within 1 business day)

  3. Please send a scanned copy of your passport with the booking number on the voucher to travel@worknplay.ac.kr

How To Use

  • Print out or show the voucher on your mobile at the departure point

Additional Information

  • You must bring your passport on the day of the tour. Passports will be checked by members of the ROK Armed Forces at the Unification Bridge before passing through the Civilian Control Zone. Those without a passport will not be allowed into the JSA nor any other sites within the Civilian Control Zone. 
  • Children under 11 years old are not allowed
  • Casual clothing such as dungarees, sleeveless shirts, sandals, slippers, and mini skirts are not permitted in the JSA tour area. 
  • Tour itinerary and locations are subject to change due to military and other official considerations.  
  • No refunds will be given if guests are not permitted inside the DMZ/JSA due to military or other circumstances 
  • Cameras with lenses over 90mm are not permitted in the JSA
  • Please arrive at the departure point at least 10 mins in advance
  • The booking may be canceled if you fail to send us a scanned copy of your passport

Cancelation Policy

  • Full refunds for cancelations made at least 72 hours in advance
  • No refunds for latecomers and no-shows
  • A full refund will be issued if the minimum no. of people was not reached before the date of the trip 

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