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Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping

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Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping

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Safety measures
icon6 hours  (approx.)
Pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English

Overview

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) lies on the border between North and South Korea, and visiting outside of a guided tour is not allowed. On this tour, explore the DMZ with your guide and gain insight into Korean War history. Take in sites of interest including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory in safety, with entrance fees plus pickup and drop-off in central Seoul included.
  • Explore the DMZ in safety on a guided tour
  • Visit landmarks including the 3rd Tunnel and the Dora Observatory
  • Choice of early- or late-morning tours
  • Entry fees and round-trip travel from central Seoul included

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Visiting the DMZ without a guide is impossible—choose this express half-day tour if you’re on a time budget.
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Professional guide
Pickup (pick-up provided at 6 places only)
Food and drinks
Lunch
Gratuities
Hotel pick-up
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 morning tour from Hongik Univ. station exit 3. last departure at 10:30am for DMZ afternoon tour from Hongik Univ. station exit 3.

City Hall Station , Seoul, South Korea

ending around 2:00 pm for DMZ morning tour at City Hall station. ending around 4:30 pm for DMZ afternoon tour at City Hall station.

We don't provide hotel pick-up but can meet you at 6 subway stations only until further notice. If you don't know exact meeting point, 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 6 places. - Exit 5 of Samseong station (subway line No. 2) - Exit 12 of Gangnam station (subway line No. 2 & Sinbundang) - Exit 1 of Itaewon station (subway line No. 6) - Exit 9 of Myeongdong station (subway line No. 4) - Exit 6 of City Hall station (subway line No. 1 & 2) - Exit 3 of Hongik Univ. station (subway line No.2 & Arex)
  • 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
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • Not recommended for travelers with claustrophobia for the 3rd Tunnel. Instead, the traveler may wait outside.
  • Not recommended for elderly for the 3rd Tunnel as slope way. Instead, they may wait outside.
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 39 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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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - 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
See all safety measures taken by Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping?
A:The policy on sanitization is:

  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Korean DMZ Half-Day Tour from Seoul - No shopping.

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  • "Sturdy shoes are a must if you walk down the tunnel, it's extremely steep and about 1/4 mile down then another 1/4 mile underground to the end." See review
  • "The third tunnel is quite hard work and probably not suitable for anyone who has claustrophobia and also includes some parts that require you to crouch a little bit." See review
  • "It is a tight squeeze, so not for the claustrophobic." See review

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star-4
Impressive to walk in The...
Camilla_L
, Jun 2022
Impressive to walk in The Third Tunnel. Unfortunately the weather was foggy så we could not see anything from the observatory. Crystal was a helpful guide.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear customer Thanks for the review and all of reviews are much helpful for us to make the best tour. As you mentioned, the 3rd Tunnel might be impressive and unique place to understand the relationship between North & South Korea in the past. But we are sorry to hear that you couldn't see North Korea at the observatory by bad weather on your tour day. When the customers can't see a great view by bad weather at Dora observatory, we show the pictures of a great view when we took pictures on clear day to help customers' apprehension. Hope you can join the tour once more on a clear day in your next visit and we are sure you can enjoy better tour then. Best regards, Jane
star-4
Great for look back on history
sherry_m
, Jun 2022
Tour was very good. Transportation very comfortable and tour guide very polite. We enjoyed Imjingak Park though we spent a lot of time there and wished for more time at the DMZ itself. Also really loved learning about infiltration tunnels. No pictures allowed in the 3rd tunnel. The day we went, we were able to see the North Korean flag through the telescope but we were not able to observe any guards on either side. Overall, Great for history but not for any current “live” experience.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Dear customer We appreciate your review and it was our pleasure to meet you by this tour. In DMZ, all of moving people & vehicles including time are under control by military and we have to stay in DMZ within the fixed time. It makes us little bit rush at every spots to go out until arranged time but we will ask the official to allow more time at DMZ in the future. Hope your understanding and we will keep trying to make better DMZ tour. Best regards, Eric
star-5
Awesome half day tour from Seoul. Easiest pickup and drop off!
Nelson_W
, Jun 2022
Awesome day trip from Seoul. Logistics of pickup was a breeze and our guide, Libby, was awesome. She was like super knowledgeable and charismatic. There never was a time that our family wasn’t sure of where we should be or what we should/could be doing. We travelled with our son (9) and newborn (3 weeks). The tour was the perfect length and allowed enough time to see everything we were interested in. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an awesome half day trip to learn more about the North/South Korean conflict/relationship. When more of my family comes to visit we will doing this again.
star-5
Great!
Zehra_T
, Jun 2022
Fantastic experience and Ms Crystal’s English was excellent. She gave us an interesting insight into the DMZ en route, was enthusiastic throughout the tour and made it a great experience.
star-5
Great tour, highly...
Micaela_B
, Jun 2022
Great tour, highly recommend. Guide was friendly and informative. Very convenient pick up and traveling.
star-5
Fantastic
Benjamin_J
, Jun 2022
Fascinating place to visit, highly recommend. Tour was very well organized, plenty of time to explore different areas. Cristal and Eric were fantastic hosts - friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. Taking the earlier tour seemed to beat some of the queues at the DMZ ticket office.
star-5
Excellent tour - young kids loved it
Nicholas_R
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour! Our guide Sadie was so sweet. We got picked up and transported to the site in a smaller van which was great because we got to get to know the other people on the tour (less than 10 people total). Our girls (6 & 9) had a great time too! Shame we couldn't visit the JSA but that is the UN's decision and not much we can do about it right now! Would definitely recommend!
star-4
DMZ
ganendra_p
, Jun 2022
Third tunnel & the Dora observatory was amazing . However the third tunnel is not suitable for elderly & Tourist with claustrophobia .
star-5
Great day in a peace place
Chlo_R
, May 2022
It was an impressive experience. The tour was complete. The guide made us enjoy much more, thank you.
star-5
Learn A Lot About Why Korea Is As It Is
Cheryl_M
, May 2022
Libby - our guide - was extremely good. From her we were given a good understanding of why there is a DMZ and why there are tunnels. This is a part of history of which I had no prior knowledge and it was fascinating to hear what has transpired over the last century almost. She was good with respect to language, kept people on track, knowledgeable and I would highly recommend her as a guide.
star-5
Very good experience !
Amaury_L
, May 2022
The tour was really great and well organised. The guide was very friendly and gave us a lot of useful and interesting information. I highly recommend this tour !
star-5
Great family DMZ Tour
John_K
, May 2022
Our family with young kids greatly enjoyed this trip to the Freedom bridge, 3rd tunnel, and observation deck. Wear good shoes for the 350m tunnel incline, bring snacks or money to buy snacks at shops. And don’t forget to bring your passport!
star-5
DMZ half day tour
joshua_p
, May 2022
First time going and with a very diverse group of ppl. Judy was a big help and brought everyone together and made the tour fun and memorable for all of us. I did the afternoon tour to give myself time to figure out the train system and where to meet them outside the hongik university exit, which was easier than expected.
star-5
Had a great time
Max_S
, May 2022
We had a great time with our guide judy, it was a small group and she was very attentive. She told us a lot about the history of korea and it was really interesting.
star-5
Our tour guide told very...
Mitchell_B
, May 2022
Our tour guide told very good stories of the history while on-route. It was great getting to explore the history first hand from the days of Korean War. Very hands on experience.
star-5
Great alternative while the DMZ was closed
DaveJ
, Feb 2020
Due to the coronavirus, we could not travel to the DMZ, so the tour operator booked us an alternative tour that included visits to Imjingak park, the Odusan Observatory and the War Memorial Museum. All are excellent visits that help you understand the impact of the Korean War on the country and the entire Korean peninsula. Our guide, Mr. Kim, was excellent and offered a great perspective on the war's legacy and the effects still felt today. The weather on our trip day was very poor - cold and snowy - but the bus driver did an excellent job on the roads with low visibility. Kudos to the tour operator for responding to a situation beyond their control and offering a wonderful alternative.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Learnt lots about recent history of Korea
afjelliot
, Feb 2020
Great tour. We had a group of 7 on our tour. Visited the peace park, observation tower and museum. Really informative and helpful guide.
star-5
Great tour despite DMZ closure
alfredchiaro
, Jan 2020
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
Alternative Tour
jordynmclean
, Jan 2020
Due to an illness outbreak at the DMZ, we were unable to do the regular tour, so we did the alternative tour, which includes the observatory, the freedom bridge and the war memorial. This tour was the experience of a life time and it’s something my friends and I will remember forever. Our guide gave us such good information about Seoul and the history of the korean peninsular Korean. My friends and I were also very impressed with how objective, but still hopeful the information was. If you are able to go on this tour during your time in Korea, I would 1000009% recommend it.
star-5
Great! Very enjoyable tour.
Emma F
, Jan 2020
Sadie was a wonderful guide, she was friendly, helpful and very knowledgeable. Though the JSA is closed I thought the tour gave me a far better understanding of the Korean War and of that area. I would highly recommend if you are interested in history and politics!

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