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Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping

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Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping

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icon9 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English

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Overview

Take a full-day tour from Seoul that includes a trip to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) in the morning, and returns to Seoul in the afternoon. Highlights of the DMZ include Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, DMZ Exhibition Hall, Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, and Unification Village. Return to Seoul for lunch, then visit the War Memorial of Korea before your tour ends in the late afternoon.
  • Full-day tour of the DMZ and War Memorial of Korea, from Seoul
  • See the top attractions of the DMZ with a guide
  • View North Korea through telescopes from Dora Observatory
  • Understand the background and legacy of the Korean War
  • Spend time in the War Memorial of Korea
  • Includes lunch, entrance fees, transportation, and hotel pickup
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Pickup (pick-up provided at 6 places only)
Lunch
Professional guide
Drinks
Gratuities
Hotel drop-off
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Hongik Univ. Station , Seoul, South Korea

last departure at 07:00am for DMZ full day tour from Hongik Univ. station exit 3.

7:30 AM
City Hall Station , Seoul, South Korea

ending around 5 pm at City Hall station

We can meet at 6 subway stations as below and choose one of those places. If you don't know where the meeting place, please provide us with the name & full address of your accommodation in Seoul. Then we will inform you where & when you can meet us among below 6 places. - 06:00am at the Exit 5 of Samseong station (subway line No. 2) - 06:10am at the Exit 12 of Gangnam station (subway line No. 2 & Sinbundang) - 06:20am at the Exit 1 of Itaewon station (subway line No. 6) - 06:30am at the Exit 9 of Myeongdong station (subway line No. 4) - 06:40am at the Exit 6 of City Hall station (subway line No. 1 & 2) - 07:00am at the Exit 3 of Hongik Univ. station (subway line No.2 & Airex)
After morning pickup at your Seoul accommodation, travel in a climate-controlled coach to reach Imjingak Park.

Upon arrival, view the Freedom Bridge and old steam trains as you learn from your guide about the Korean War. Next, drive to the 3rd Tunnel, which the North Korean Army built in the 1970s to infiltrate South Korea. Disembark and follow your guide into the tunnel on foot to see it up close.

After visiting the tunnel, take time to view the exhibits in the DMZ Exhibition Hall, such as displays of old weapons and a film that details the history of Korea. 

Continue to the observatory at Mt Dora to see North Korea through telescopes that are trained on North Korea’s propaganda village just over the border. 

Go to Dorasan Station, the final station in South Korea before entering North Korea. As a souvenir, receive a stamp that resembles the immigration desk in the airport (you will not enter North Korea). 

Pass by the Unification Village on the way back to Imjingak Park, and hear from your guide how people wish for the reunification of the two Koreas.

Head back to Seoul and stop at a ginseng center before having a lunch of Korean fare. After lunch, visit the War Memorial of Korea, which holds more than 10,000 artifacts. Have two hours to make your way through the six exhibition halls and the outdoor exhibition area.

Your tour ends with drop-off at Itaewon or City Hall.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
DMZ
You will be picked up at your hotel in Central Seoul or subway station then taken to Imjingak Park. Once you arrive at the park, you can see the Freedom Bridge and an old steam train that shows the extremity of the tragedy that was the Korean War at Imjingak Park. Then, the DMZ bus will head to the 3rd Tunnel that North Korean Army built to infiltrate South Korea in 1970s. You will walk down to the tunnel (about 500m, round trip) wearing a safety helmet. After coming out of tunnel, you will have some time to look around the DMZ Exhibition Hall which shows the Korean War, old weapons and Korea's history. After the Exhibition Hall, you will head to Mt Dora to see North Korea from the Observatory. There are many telescopes to look at North Korea’s propaganda village. Then you will move to Dorasan Station, the last station before entering North Korea from South Korea. You can get a stamp that resembles the immigration desk in the airport, as a souvenir (You will not be entering North Korea).   On the way back to Imjingak Park, your vehicle will pass by the Unification Village before heading back to Seoul. Once you return to Seoul, you will stop-by a Korean Ginseng Center (skip if you choose "without shopping tour" option).
Duration: 6 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
The War Memorial of Korea
Once you return to Seoul, you will have a lunch of local Korean cuisine. After lunch, you will visit the War Memorial of Korea where you can explore for about two hours around the 6 individual exhibition halls and the outdoor exhibition area. You will see over 10,000 artifacts to remember the Korean War in the indoor and outdoor areas. At the end of the tour, you will be dropped off at the City Hall around 4:30 pm.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infant meals not included
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 adults per booking is required
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Do not need passport copy in advance
  • Wear comfortable shoes to walk down and up for narrow tunnel
  • Not recommended for seniors who have any problem to walk
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 40 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Seoul N Tour
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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
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What is the policy on sanitization during Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Korean DMZ Full-Day Tour including the War Memorial of Korea - No shopping?
A:The policy on staff health & safety is:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
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  • "Although the DMZ has a bit of a carnival atmosphere it is non the less an important and serious place worth visiting." See review
  • "For those who wanted to know more about the korean war and also wanted to visit the DMZ this is for you." See review

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star-5
Still good even with a change of plans
zofchak
, Dec 2019
My wife and I originally signed up for the full day tour but the political climate changed so they had to resort to the alternate tour. The alternate was only a half day and we were refunded half our money. The new tour was very informative no less interesting. There was a choice when visiting the war museum. You can explore for the hour given by the tour guide and return to the bus with him or you can stay and fully explore it and return on your own time. I suggest doing the latter because an hour is no where near enough time. It took us about four hours or so to get through everything. It was a fun time.
star-4
This historic hot spot is a must for history buffs
Michael G
, Nov 2019
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
A great tour of the DMZ
Karrah_P
, Aug 2019
Our tour guide, Sadie made this tour excellent. She was so knowledgeable and could answer any question you asked. Time management was great and we got to see everything without feeling like we were being rushed. Overall, a fantastic experience!
star-4
Great tour!
Julie D
, Aug 2019
Very nice tour guide, Peter, who knew a lot, toke time to explain the history and was funny too. I can hardly recoment this tour :)
star-5
DMZ - Tour - Excellent
David_G
, Jul 2019
The day tour of the DMZ was an amazing experience and the tour guide was superb at summing up the whole history of what we were seeing - I especially liked the trip down the 3rd infiltration tunnel although it’s a shame you can’t take pictures down there. The only fly in the ointment was that the morning was a little rushed, but I guess that’s how it has to be to fit everything in
star-5
DMZ
ranaldo89
, Jun 2019
Trip was great and the timing for everything was just right. Tour guide was amazing with the history lesson on the way there.
star-5
Guide Sadie was great!
Navigate31298322572
, Jun 2019
We thoroughly enjoyed the tour with our professional guide named Sadie. She explained very well the history of the Korea war and took good care of everyone. The visit per location was very time constraint though...
star-5
Worth it
Christian_L
, May 2019
Good program, well organised and on time, including helpful updates from the operator prior to pick up.
star-4
Just great.
kahee_c
, Mar 2019
Ms. Sadie the guide was very kind and spoke english very well. The tour spanned from 08:00 till 16:00. For those who wanted to know more about the korean war and also wanted to visit the DMZ this is for you.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Connecting journey
rabuchs
, Aug 2018
It was a very interesting day connecting the past of Korea to the present and possible future! The guide was very informative and nice.
star-5
The guide was very friendly and...
Minor S
, Feb 2018
The guide was very friendly and knowledgeable. I would absolutely recommend this tour
star-5
Absolutely worth it! The tour guide...
Corlia S
, Jan 2018
Absolutely worth it! The tour guide was great, arrangements and hotel pickup ran smoothly. Everything was well organized and professional. My family loved it! Highly recommended
star-5
This was awesome. Judy was our guide...
jrtuck44
, Oct 2017
This was awesome. Judy was our guide and she was the best ever! So nice and knowledgeable, she made our tour very enjoyable. I am physically impaired and she helped me so much, I cant say enough good things about her!!! I highly recommend this tour. Lunch was wonderful, Korean food at a place locals go. Thanks again Judy for everything! From Jolene
star-3
This tour was great and I enjoyed...
Jennifer D
, Mar 2017
This tour was great and I enjoyed myself. Somehow our tour guide left out a few of the stops that I was very excited to see. When I mentioned it, he didnt know anything about it. I was very disappointment but the company refunded 2/3 of my tour cost right away so I was very happy about that.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Tour guide Brian did a really good...
Laurence_R
, Oct 2016
Tour guide Brian did a really good job. The JIA tour I wanted was fully booked so this was a last minute alternative. The tunnel was a bit tough to walk in given my 6'4 frame and at times the tunnel would be under 6' high. The highlight was the War Memorial. I could actually spend a whole day in there.
star-2
It was just OK, felt like it could...
CodyJ_W
, Sep 2016
It was just OK, felt like it could have been better. Guide was not as informative as the other guides,learned more from listen in on the other guide than the one that was ours, Also a little hard to understand, English not that great. Worth doing though...interesting
star-5
We had a fantastic time on this...
Eric_H
, Sep 2016
We had a fantastic time on this tour. Brian the tour guide was knowledgable, friendly and polite. We spent two hours in the National War Museum which was a tad short but still good to see the major exhibits. The visit to the DMZ and tunnel 3 was great. We are glad we went on this tour.
star-5
The tour was very interesting, the...
Barbara B
, Jul 2016
The tour was very interesting, the guide gave us a good background on the Korean history and what brought the country to be divided. I definitely recommend it.
star-5
Alles perfekt.
Florian_R
, Jun 2019
Super Reiseleiter. Gutes Englisch. Humorvoll. Man konnte alles fragen und hatte genug Zeit bei allen Stationen. Ein kleiner Makel war die Ginseng Veranstaltung. Würde es aber jedem empfehlen.

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