DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) is a buffer zone between two Koreas, bisecting the Korean Peninsula. DMZ has been the most popular tourist spot of Korea for foreigners since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. The purpose of the zone is to prevent the recurrence of war between North & South Korea.
The zone ranges 2 km north and south respectively from the ceasefire line of 1953. The land stretches across the Korean Peninsula 155 miles from the mouth of Han River to the East Coast. It’s one of the most well-preserved wild-life refuges where peace and tension coexist. The President of Korea, Park Geun-hye, is pushing to build a “peace park” in the DMZ as a new symbol of political reconciliation and ecological conservation.
In essence, any DMZ tour is to experience the reality of division and to find the hope of future. The highlight of the tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence the name “The Third Tunnel”. It is a surreal experience to find a 1,635 meter tunnel at the depth of 73 meters underground. The infiltration tunnel was made by dangerous manual excavation work with dynamites, shovels and pick axes. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from JSA, where the representatives of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunification.
Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels within the Seoul area.
Pick-up time: Morning tour at 7:30am. Afternoon tour at 10:30pm.
Drop-off location: Itaewon.
Duration: Morning tour: 6.5 hours. Afternoon tour: 6 hours.
Others: If there’s an unannounced military training or official event in JSA the tour may be cancelled on the day of the tour with short notice. Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter the tunnel. Restricted nationalities for this tour: Afghanistan, Cuba, Iran, Iraq, Libya, North Korea, South Korea, Pakistan, Sudan, Syria.