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Korea DMZ the 3rd tunnel Guided Tour from Seoul - No Shopping
Half-Day Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour
Half-Day Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tour

4.50

(2565)

$47.10

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DMZ At the end of the Korean War in 1953, an armistice was signed by North and South Korea which resulted in the Demilitarized Zone, a 4 km-wide, 240 km-long border that has since scarred the Korean peninsula, dividing the North and South into two independent countries. Lined on both sides with tank traps, landmines, barbed wires on high fences and various other obstacles, it is the heaviest guarded border in the world. Visiting this place can have an unsettling effect, especially when it’s weighed heavy with symbolism. Your guided tour will begin at Imjingak Park situated 7 km from the Demarcation Line. The Park features monumental relics and sorrows from the Korean War and is dedicated to the 10 million Koreans who were separated from their friends and families. Also here is the Freedom Bridge connecting North to South where several South Koreans marched into their mother country from the North after the signing of the armistice. Pass by the Unification Village and enter the DMZ Theatre and Exhibition Hall where you can watch videos explaining the various tunnels that run below the DMZ and general history of the war and division of Korea. An interesting aspect of DMZ will be your tour of the Third Infiltration Tunnel which was dug by the North Koreans in their attempt to infiltrate South Korea and launch a surprise attack. Walking along the 265m stretch of this 73m-deep tunnel, you’d be surprised by how often your head bumps the low-lying roof. After the tunnel, you will head to the Dorasan Observatory. This is the part of South Korea that is the closest to the North. From here, one can peer into binoculars to catch a rare glimpse of North Korea in all its reclusiveness. Nearby is the Dorasan Station which is a symbol of hope for the reunification of Korea. Built in 2002, this modern station is ready and waiting to run on the day the two Koreas finally settle their differences and come together as one.
Full-Day Tour of Paju/Gimpo/Cheorwon Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
Full-Day Tour of Paju/Gimpo/Cheorwon Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

5.00

(2)

$52.17

Headout

Embark on a Paju/Gimpo/Cheorwon DMZ Full-day Tour. Discover the intricate narratives of resilience and division shaping this iconic buffer zone. Accompanied by expert English and Chinese-speaking guides, discover the truths behind the world's most fortified border, DMZ. Paju DMZ: Unearthing Secret Tunnels and Unseen Views Dive into the mysterious Third Tunnel of Aggression on the Paju DMZ tour. Marvel at its scale, is designed to smuggle 30,000 soldiers per hour! From the Dora Observatory, peek into North Korea and spot the propaganda village with colossal flagpoles—a unique silent competition between the two Koreas. Gimpo DMZ: A Taste of History and Tradition The Gimpo DMZ tour showcases Ganghwa Peace Observatory's stark reality, juxtaposed with the ancient Deokjinjin Fortress, a testament to Korea's historical battles. Here's an interesting tidbit, Ganghwa Island celebrates the Lunar New Year with a Taffy Pulling Festival—a traditional symbol of good health and fortune. Cheorwon DMZ: Wild Beauty Amid War Scars Venture to the Iron Triangle Battlefield on the Cheorwon DMZ tour, surrounded by a natural sanctuary birthed from isolation. Spot the red-crowned crane—a symbol of longevity and peace in Korean mythology, thriving amid the remains of a tumultuous past. Dive deeper into history as you explore the Second Underground Tunnel and the Goseokjeong Pavilion, resonating with tales of resilience.
8-Hour DMZ Tour from Seoul with Optional North Korean Defector Interview
8-Hour DMZ Tour from Seoul with Optional North Korean Defector Interview

5.00

(1)

$42.75

Headout

Embark on an 8-hour guided tour from Seoul of the Korean Demilitarized Zone. Guided by an expert English-speaking guide, you'll first visit Imjingak Park, a stark blend of amusement rides and barbed wire fences, that encapsulate the dreams and despair of a divided nation. As you navigate the park, keep an eye out for the Freedom Bridge and the bullet-riddled smokestack, residues of the Korean War. Your adventure continues with an entrance into the DMZ itself – a restricted area bursting with history and tension. Explore the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, a clandestine invasion route by North Korea that could facilitate the passage of thirty thousand soldiers in an hour. While this tunnel symbolizes the ambitions of a divided Korea, it also ironically hosts a flourishing ecosystem due to human absence, making it an unexpected natural sanctuary. Unveiling Secrets: Beyond the DMZ The Dora Observatory awaits next, offering unparalleled views of North Korea, the outskirts of Gaeseong City, and the uncanny "Propaganda Village," an artificial settlement crafted to mimic activity. The tour provides various ticket options, including an opportunity to hear firsthand experiences from a North Korean defector or a guided tour of Gyeongbok Palace – once the heart of Korea. Conclude Your journey of discovery concludes with a return to Seoul. Itinerary DMZ ticket Office | Imjimgak Park | Enter DMZ | History Monument | Enter 3rd infiltration Tunnel | Unification Village | Interview with Defector (optional) | Departure to Seoul | Myengdong (optional)
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