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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

Seoul, South Korea
Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

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icon6 to 10 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English
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Travel with a private guide to one of the most important pieces of territory in Korea, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has marked the division between North and South Korea since the Korean War. After pickup in Seoul, your guide shows you the highlights of the DMZ, including Imjingak Peace Park, a model North Korean village, and the invasion route that North Korean spy commandos used when they infiltrated the world’s most heavily fortified border in 1968. Visit the War Memorial of Korea back in Seoul, before drop-off at your hotel.
  • Private DMZ tour along a spy commando infiltration route
  • See where 22 North Korean spies crept across the fortified border of the DMZ in 1968
  • Stop at an artillery base and witness North Korean village life at a civilian observation post
  • Experience Imjingak Peace Park and the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan-dong
  • Hear from an informative private guide about historic Korean War sites
  • Enjoy a lunch of barbecued duck, a North Korean specialty
  • Includes round-trip hotel transport from Seoul by private vehicle

Why Travelers Choose This Tour

Out of all the DMZ tours, this private tour provides the most detailed detailed insight into North Korea.
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Hotel pickup and drop-off
Local English-speaking guide
Food and drinks, unless specified
Lotte Hotel Seoul , 30, Eulji-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul 04533 South Korea
7:30 AM
Departure point: From customers' hotel Return point: Returns to original departure point
For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, grab your passport and travel by private vehicle to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a small but important strip of land that has divided line North and South Korea since 1953.

As you drive to your first stop in the DMZ, your guide shares facts that illuminate the history of the Korean conflict. Upon your arrival at Imjingak Peace Park, see war artifacts and an artillery base with an authentic M109 Howitzer. Then go inside the DMZ to visit an army base where 22 North Korean spy commandos infiltrated the border in 1968. Hear about North Korea's three-day battle with the South Korean army and US army and take the short climb to the military observation post.

For lunch, dine on North Korean–style barbecued duck (vegetarian meals arranged upon request), then walk to a nearby civilian observation point. Peek through a telephoto lens to observe a model North Korean village, learning from your guide about life on the other side of the border.

Head back to Seoul, stopping to search for traces of bullet marks that are etched in the surrounding rocks and trees — evidence of the fighting between the United States Forces Korea and North Korean spy commandos.

Finally, visit a key location for anyone interested in Korean military history: the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul at Yongsan-dong. The impressive building was once at the headquarters for Korea's Infantry, and has been transformed into a military museum with exhibits of military tanks, artillery and fighter planes.

At the end of your full-day tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.
Stop At:  
The War Memorial of Korea
history of Korean war and dedication of UN young soldiers are visible and descriptive
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
enjoy lunch as north Korean style
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park
a lot of symbols for peace and separation between North and South Korea. are there. specific guide information about that.
Duration: 30 minutes
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Bukhansan Dullegil
hike for visiting battle site between N.Korea commandos and S.Korea army
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Odusan Unification Tower
can see N.Korean farming village and farmers. and geographical explanation about border between N. Korea and S.Korea
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received within 48 hours of booking, subject to availability
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required the day of travel
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • A moderate amount of walking is involved - Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
  • Please send a passport copy to the local operator at least 4 days prior to your reservation date
  • Stroller accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Transportation is wheelchair accessible
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
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.
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route?
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
  • Face masks provided for travelers
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Different to expectation
, Aug 2019
While the tour and our driver was interesting, we had hoped to see some of the highlights of the JSA. The description suggested this, but that was not the case. Visiting military barracks and having a minder was odd. We could see the border strip and UN guard posts but otherwise it was underwhelming. It was great that our driver was flexible enough to substitute the National War Museum for another one. When booking tours to the DMZ one needs to pay heed to differentiate between visits to the JSA (Joint Security Area) or non-specific areas because the entire area south of the border is the DMZ. While we were visiting the JSA was closed regularly because of military exercises and growing tension.
, Jul 2019
Alfonso was really great. He is very knowledgeable on the history about the Korean War. He allowed us to take our time to really take in what we were seeing and we never felt rushed. He was also a really good cook when we had Korean bbq.
DMZ tour
, Apr 2019
Alfonso the guide and Tom the driver were excellent. Full of very interesting facts. Highly recommended
Perfect Paul!
, Mar 2019
Our tour guide Paul was awesome in every regard - very knowledgable, friendly, and flexible to our needs as a group (we were a group of 10 teachers and school administrators). We thoroughly enjoyed his tour and would recommend it to anyone.
Very nice tour, with a guide who knows...
Rinaldo G
, Sep 2018
Very nice tour, with a guide who knows quite a lot and gives additional tips on Seoul. Guide also speaks English really well. With this tour you will go where the masses will not come, inside the military zone. Top tour.
The weather was cold but our host...
Mike D
, Dec 2017
The weather was cold but our host made it a great tour with the behind the scenes look at the DMZ. Really expanded our knowledge regarding the dynamics between North and South Korea. Shrek Lee was very knowledgeable.
This was a great tour -- a much...
Bradley M
, Oct 2017
This was a great tour -- a much better option than taking a bus and going in a tour group. My wife and I were driven in a luxurious minivan by driver Top and tour guide Shrek. There was third-row seating in the van in case you have more than 2 people. The tour makes five main stops: the Blue House area in Seoul with a discussion of the North Korean infiltration, then Unification Tower with a view of North Korean farmland, then a DMZ miltary base this is the highlight this is why you need to bring your passports, then lunch we had the vegetarian option, which was a yummy tofu-based meal, then the War Memorial in Seoul my wife and I skipped this because we were tired. I appreciated the fact that lunch was ready for us at the moment we got to the restaurant they called ahead. Shrek was nice and gave us insightful information without being overwhelming. The driving was high-quality. Overall, it's a great trip.
My wife and I were originally booked...
, Oct 2017
My wife and I were originally booked into a different tour that included a visit to the JSA, but due to it being closed to visitors for most of the month after we had booked the tour ended up cancelled so we chose this one instead. While we would have liked to have seen the JSA, it probably ended up being a blessing in disguise because we had a great time on this tour. Would definitely recommend! POSITIVES - BJ is one of the best tour guides we've ever had the pleasure of traveling with. He was exceptionally personable, very knowledgeable, insightful and has a wonderful sense of humor. He kept us on track, informed and engaged the entire day. Just a cool guy all around and to top it off he cooks a mean duck! He could be giving tours of a junkyard and I'd sign up for it. - The actual DMZ visit was very interesting and well put together. We were bummed we couldn't get into the JSA as originally planned, but what we did see definitely helped to make up for it. All of the soldiers we encountered were extremely nice and welcoming as well. With all the guns and artillery around it would be easy for visitors to feel intimidated but that wasn't the case at all. Both BJ and the soldiers who were tasked with assisting that portion of the tour did a wonderful job explaining what they do, why they do it and what they hope to achieve. - Lunch was great! If you've never had Korean BBQ duck you have to try it! Not something you find on the menu in most American KBBQ places so it was really fun to try. Super good! - The Korean War Memorial Museum was very neat to see. We didn't actually go inside but instead spent a bit of time outside looking at all the tanks, planes, ships and artillery on display. Super cool to see that stuff up close and anyone who is even remotely interested in that stuff should enjoy it. - This will seem minor to most people, but my wife gets extremely motion sick and it is often a problem in cars during tours. However, the tour car was extremely clean, comfortable and well driven again, props to BJ. NEGATIVES - Getting into the JSA seems very hit or miss. It was a miss for us, which was unfortunate. But that is hardly the tour operator's fault so it can't really be held against them. Just keep in mind when booking tours that when they say it may be cancelled, they really mean it!
excellent guide was very knowledgable...
kevin m
, Sep 2017
excellent guide was very knowledgable, and gave us a view we would have got no were else
Our guide led us through a day that...
Carl C
, Sep 2017
Our guide led us through a day that was one of the most unique experiences in our lives. As Americans in this time of immature 'saber rattling by American and North Korean heads of state that only raises fear and does not move to peaceful resolution, it was a life changing experience to stand at the DMZ in conversation with South Korean Army officers learning more about this war that after 64 years has not yet ended. We trust that compassion, wisdom and patience will one day end the war and need for a DMZ and bring peace and reunification to the Korean people. I recommend this experience to every American who travels to Korea.Thank you.
Simply the best way to visit the...
Robert B
, May 2017
Simply the best way to visit the DMZ! Shrek offers you a unique chance to experience the DMZ without the bus loads of tourists, actually meet of the Korean soldiers on the front line and hear little known tales about what the North Koreans have been doing and continue to do. The bonus is a great BBQ duck lunch as well. Thanks Shrek for a great day out.
It was great expirience. BJ, our...
Michal M
, Nov 2016
It was great expirience. BJ, our guide, has plenty of knowledge about DMZ and korean national and millitary history. We have visited many places including korean war memorial and dmz. We have seen north korea territory, and fence where north korea infiltration commando came to south korea. We've also had great lunch, where we first time ate barbecue duck way koreans do. Thank you BJ.
This was such an awesome experience...
, Oct 2016
This was such an awesome experience. Shrek was amazing, extremely knowledgable, and really went above and beyond as a tour guide! It felt like we were on an adventure with an old friend--such was the degree of comfort, relaxation and enjoyment. We got to see a lot of exclusive things and learn so much about Korea and its culture on a personal level. Shrek even made sure that we got to our flight on time and was simply incredible the whole way through. When visiting any country, it's so rewarding to learn about their history as well, so every penny was worth the experience we got from this tour. We even took home a business card to recommend this to our friends in Australia!
DMZ tour without going to JSA is...
, Oct 2016
DMZ tour without going to JSA is nothing but an eye wash. In summary a complete waste of full day without having The feeling that everybody talks about. We were promised JSA but mid way were told that the military has closed that day and tour will not be possible. A big disappointment for somebody who is there once in a lifetime
The car was comfortable and the driver...
Robert D
, Sep 2016
The car was comfortable and the driver was professional.
Disappointing. This is advertised as...
, Sep 2016
Disappointing. This is advertised as a DMZ tour and yet you never go to the DMZ. Also, our guide did not have a good command of English. We were disappointed.
This experience was great! BJ was the...
, Aug 2016
This experience was great! BJ was the best guide ever. He know so many things and he knew how to make our trip wonderfull!
My 11 year old son and I had such a...
, Aug 2016
My 11 year old son and I had such a great time learning about the DMZ and this invasion route. It was due to our amazing guide B.J. who was not only a gracious host, but also so well informed. He made the experience fun and meaningful, and we even learned about other aspects of Korean life and history. It was even better than I had expected, and would highly recommend this to everyone!
One day before the tour started I...
Martin I
, Aug 2016
One day before the tour started I got an email that it was cancelled because of military operations. I was disappointed and asked if there was any option to get another tour and what I got was awesome! Shrek the guide took me to several unique places and told me so much about Korean history. Because he served in the US army he knew many details about the todays defense tactics which was highly interesting. Shrek, thank you again for this tour! Anyone else: Go for it!
This trip was so amazing, but most...
Nhon T
, Jul 2016
This trip was so amazing, but most memorial part of it is our tour guide, BJ. If you need a knowledgeable safe drive, considerate, then you should request to have him as your tour guide. Beside, the lunch was so good too.

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