No Shopping Half Day Korea DMZ Tour

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11 reviews   (4.45)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 6 hours

Departs: Seoul, Seoul

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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Learn about Korea’s divided history at the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) on a half-day tour, led by an informative guide. In the morning or afternoon, travel from Seoul to the DMZ, where the country has been split since the Korean War, to visit fascinating sites such as Imjingak Park, the Freedom bridge, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel and the DMZ exhibition hall. At Dora Observatory, you can even peer through binoculars to observe village life in North Korea. U

What's Included

Expert guide

Hotel pickup

Transport by comfortable, air-conditioned coach

What's Not Included


Hotel Drop Off


Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 1
  • CHILD: Age: 2 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 99

Additional Info

  • A current valid passport is required the day of travel
  • A moderate amount of walking through a steep and narrow tunnel involved - Comfortable clothes and shoes are recommended
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • If a part of the tour itinerary is cancelled by unexpected military conditions or local circumstances, there will be no refund
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Public transportation options are available nearby
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • You MUST get the exact meeting place and time from the local tour operator prior to departure
  • If you miss the tour bus because of late or confusing tour date, there will be no refund.
  • A minimum of 2 adults is required to book the afternoon tour
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • Infants are required to sit on an adult’s lap
  • Please follow the instructions of your tour guide about when and where you may take photos
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Temperature checks for travellers upon arrival
  • You do not need to send a copy of your passport

Cancellation Policy

What To Expect

After pickup at your Seoul hotel in the morning or afternoon, drive to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). En route, your guide shares expert commentary on the dividing line between North and South Korea.

• Admission Ticket Free

Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park
Get out at Imjingak Park along the banks of Imjin River to see artillery and war artifacts that were used during the Korean conflict before proceeding to Freedom bridge, where nearly 13,000 Korean POWs crossed on their return back home to South Korea.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Re board the coach and head to the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, located beneath the border of North Korea and South Korea. See where the South Koreans have blocked the actual Military Demarcation Line with concrete barricades, and browse photographs and war artifacts at the DMZ exhibition hall.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Dora Observatory
Your next stop is Dora Observatory, where you can use binoculars to get a glimpse of North Korea. Listen to your guide explain daily life in the village of Kijongdong across the river.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Dorasan Station
Continue by coach to Dorasan Station, a historic spot that not only marks the division, but also serves as a gateway for exchanges between the north and south.

30 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

South Korea
Pass by the Unification Village, a small farming community that specialized in creating soybean milk, traditional soy sauce and corn goods.

• Admission Ticket Free


DMZ Tour
Kathleen_P, 17-07-2022
The Tour Guide is very knowledgeable and created an informational journey, rich with history. She allowed us to understand the experiences of the Korean peoples, both past and present, through an historical framework. I highly recommend this tour.
Great tour, good organisation.
Brigitta_B, 29-06-2022
It was a great tour, the organisation of the tour was fine, guide was helpful and provided lots of interesting information to us. I recommend this tour.
JulieAnne_C, 23-02-2020
Yeonni our guide was awesome she had plenty of knowledge and was enthusiastic. The Dmz was closed but I was told in advance and was satisfied with the alternative tour. I could have skipped the ginseng museum though..
Interesting Trip
anthonywilliamw2016, 15-01-2020
A very interesting trip although at the time we went we were unable to reach the actual border due to an outbreak of swine flu. We were dropped off at the war museum on the way back into town and that is well worth a visit
I had a great time, but...
Thomas_H, 29-11-2022
I did my research on the DMZ but not tours, so some of my experience is hard to put in context. You can tell from the title "no forced shopping" that that's a problem with the industry, and proclaiming something in the title doesn't make it true.

First off: it wasn't half day but whole day. I embarked before 9 and they dropped us off at 5pm. The itinerary was the DMZ Visitors center, the observatory, the third tunnel, and then the unification village in the DMZ. We didn't get to the Joint Security Area because it's still closed following tensions several weeks ago.

Our first stop out of Seoul was the visitor center, where our guide grabbed everyone's passports and ran in to make reservations for the guarded bridge. Bridge crossings are timed, and we didn't get there super early so our bridge time was 1pm despite arriving at the visitors center at 10am. The visitors center itself and tour of the area was nice, but it did feel a little much time there. Lunch was good. Taking a gondola across a river and active minefield was certainly interesting. The remnants of the railroad bridge to the north are poignant.

Next up, past the civilian control line - The DMZ itself is four miles wide, and past that are another two miles of heavily fortified land... But also land that's still actively lived in and worked. Farms are next to well marked minefields. The journey up the the observatory was relatively quick and painless, the the view from there is gorgeous.

The third tunnel has ain interesting visitor's center... The mandatory propaganda video was okay, if a little cheesy. The exhibits are well done. The tunnel itself is an experience, definitely interesting and worth the trip but what a hike.

The last stop was unification village, and by that I mean we drove through town to the grocery store that had a gift shop. I can't say this was my favorite part, but the final stop and bathroom break before heading back is hard to fault overly much, and seeing the middle of the small town and it's grocery store is actually pretty interesting and informative.

Definitely not one of the tourist trapiest things I could have done, but if you've got a car you can just drive everywhere yourself; it's actually pretty doable and navigable. On the other hand, if you want to be guided and not have to do any of the planning and driving, this is it.

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