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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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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 07:30am 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. (The departure time can be earlier than showed time in summer vacation period from mid. of Jul. to mid. of Aug.)

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 will 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. (The departure time can be earlier than showed time in summer vacation period from mid. of Jul. to mid. of Aug.)
  • 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-5
DMZ
ThorArne_v
, Aug 2022
The obsevatory and the guide was fantastic. Would do this Again anytime. Good organized and reliable.
star-4
Very good tour, excellent guide.
Jeffery_P
, Aug 2022
The Tunnel 3 part of the trip was great. This was an unexpected bonus of the tour. Our guide, Crystal was very knowleageable and kept us well informed. Learned a lot more about the DMZ and some history of the Korean war.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Interesting and informative. Sadie was an excellent tour guide.
Blair_F
, Aug 2022
A thoroughly interesting and informative tour. Our guide Sadie was knowledgeable, friendly and helpful. If you are in Seoul for a few days, check this out.
star-5
10/10!
Faatimah_J
, Aug 2022
Sadie was a great guide. Very knowledgeable about Korean history (and funny too!). The tour departs very early in the morning, but returns around midday so you have the entire rest of the day to do other activities.
star-4
Informational day
Ruth_M
, Aug 2022
The reality of the divide between north and South Korea. The observatory was my most favourite part and we were lucky to have great views. Our tour guide , Miss Libby , was very informative and friendly.
star-3
Tour did its best, but
Kyung_N
, Jul 2022
Booked the tour and left on time from Hongdae at 10 AM. Arrived at the DMZ at 10:45, but all the tickets were sold out for the day. Unable to go into the DMZ. We were left to explore Imjingak and go on an unimpressive gondola ride. Afterwards, we went to an observatory outside the DMZ with views of North Korea. Apparently, the tickets sell out quickly. It was disappointing to spend the entire day without entering the DMZ (the tunnel and Dorasan observatory) as promised. We were issued full refunds, but will not get our time back. I would suggest taking the AM tour leaving at 7 AM. However, the ticket office does not open until 9 and you may need to wait for hours depending on which bus you take that leave every hour. The tour guide and operator did everything they could to make a bad situation acceptable, but they shouldn’t be offering tours with the potential to be sold out.
icon Response from Host , Aug 2022
Dear customer First of all we are truly sorry we couldn't make you to enter DMZ caused of too many visitors we expected on your tour day. For whom didn't visit DMZ on the day, we operated alternative itinerary with Imjingak park, Peace gondola & Odusan observatory. Although some of guests visited DMZ on the next day but we couldn't compensate for your time other than full refund and alternative tour. As DMZ is controlled by military and limit seats per day, it happened on your tour day by short of seats to enter DMZ. We keep asking the military official to add more seats for DMZ to prevent this case and make more efforts for better tour. Best regards, Eric
star-5
Tour guide was excellent...
Kendall_L
, Jul 2022
Tour guide was excellent and super sweet-- she had very interesting facts and stories and encouraged questions. A lovely, very productive half day tour experience!
star-5
We made it!
Craig_T
, Jul 2022
Our guide was experienced and informative. We are so glad to make the decision to join the tour with a guide. Unforgettable experience!
star-5
Comfortable and interesting
Todd_M
, Jul 2022
Guide was very helpful and knowledgeable. She Made sure each person was having an enjoyable experience
star-4
Recommended for history buffs
Christopher_T
, Jul 2022
Good experience with lots of historical background. Ms. Crystal did a good job of explaining things. Only thing is they should let us know that we were leaving our small bus to join a larger group for most of the tour. Otherwise it was good.
icon Response from Host , Jul 2022
Dear customer Thanks for the review for DMZ half-day tour and all of customers' reviews are making us the best tour with satisfaction. DMZ is military control zone and they allow to enter DMZ by bus only. Even though we take you to Imjingak with smaller group, we have to join another group to take a DMZ bus. We are sorry that Ms. Crystal's explain of this was not enough on the day. However, we are happy you had a good time with us for the tour itself. Thanks again for the review and hope we can meet you another day with another tours too. Best regards,
star-5
Great tour
Sarah_M
, Jul 2022
This was such an interesting tour! Our guide Libby was warm, funny and very knowledgeable. Would definitely recommend!
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.

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