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SEOUL AND THE DMZ THIRD TUNNEL TOUR

Private Tour for up to 2 (Not a per person rate.) $1126 USD
Private Tour for up to 4 (Not a per person rate.) $1342 USD
Private Tour for up to 6 (Not a per person rate.) $1749 USD
Private Tour for up to 8 (Not a per person rate.) $2007 USD
Private Tour for up to 10 (Not a per person rate.) $2386 USD
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SEOUL AND THE DMZ THIRD TUNNEL TOUR

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Yes, we did visit the DMZ. It instills in you how lucky we are to live in the country we do with all its freedoms. But don't forget to include Seoul itself, as it is amazing how unaffected it seems to be from this nearby and constant threat.

If you ask the locals of South Korea they won't hesitate in telling you that Seoul is on its way to surpassing Tokyo on an international scale. As a home to over a quarter of the countries population it is no surprise that Seoul has turned into the breeding ground for some of the most interesting aspects of the area's culture. The mixture of Seoul's past and present provides an endless amount of intrigue and epitomizes Asia's historical timeline.

One of the mysteries of this area remains the relationship between North and South Korea and therefore the DMZ, the Demilitarized Zone or no man's land between the two countries. Civilian access to the DMZ is strictly controlled. You are first brought to Imjingak Park, which was established in 1972 immediately after the declaration of the joint South-North statement. Here you will have time to wander the exhibits of various relics and monuments related to the Korean War and subsequent South-North confrontations. This is the location where you will be moved to special vehicles that will transport you to the DMZ.

In accordance with the ceasefire, the DMZ serves as a buffer zone between South and North Korea to prevent direct military collisions. It spans between the Southern and Northern limit lines. The Southern Limit Line extends from Imjingang River in the west to Dongho-ri in the east. From the Military Demarcation Line, the South and the North created a buffer zone of two kilometers on each side. Because of the high risk of military conflicts in the area, a phase line was established to control civilian access. Such restrictions, which have been in place for the last fifty years, have helped the ecological resources in the area to remain in an untouched state. As a result, the DMZ is also a unique natural ecosystem, one that is globally acknowledged for its ecological value.

You will be carefully watched as you travel the river's edge. Along the way you will see many guard huts that hold 2 or 3 soldiers fully armed, watching the water. Once you arrive you will have the opportunity to watch a short movie showing the history of the area. Then you will be directed to the beginning of the third tunnel. First discovered in 1978, the tunnel was designed for a surprise attack on the Republic of Korea by the North. The tunnel is 1.7 kilometers long, 2 meters high and 2 meters wide. It is a prime example of the South-North confrontation. You may chose to go as far as you wish. Many turn back after a short walk but this will be up to you.

The Dorasan Station is the northernmost railway station situated on the Gyeongui Line. It is located 30 meters from the Southern Limit Line. From the station, visitors can view Dorasan Mountain and the barbed wire fences of the Southern Limit Line. The approximate length of time for this portion of the tour is 3.5 to 4 hours, before heading into the colorful energy of Seoul.

The remainder of the day will take you into Seoul, an energetic city busting with culture. You will visit the Changdeok Palace, an old historic site, and the National Palace Museum. But you must not miss the Buchon Hanok Village, a wonderful neighborhood perfect for wandering.

During the day you will stop for lunch based on suggestions by your guide. Lunch is not included.

  • This Tour Includes:
  • Round trip transportation from hotel or cruise ship pier
  • Driver and English-speaking guide
  • Imjingak Park
  • DMZ and the 3rd Tunnel including Dorsasan Observatory
  • Seoul city tour(Changdeok Palace, Nat’l Palace Musuem, Buchon Hanok Village)
  • All necessary admissions included
  • Additional Languages Available
  • Portuguese($)
  • Spanish($)
  • *Possible upcharge at checkout for languages denoted with ($) symbol.

Days of Operation

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Sat
Sun
Mon - no
Tue - yes
Wed - yes
Thu - yes
Fri - yes
Sat - yes
Sun - yes

Departures (local time)

  • 8:00 AM (9 hrs)

Transfer / Meeting Instructions

No Taxi Required Specific pick up or taxi instructions will appear on your voucher after you purchase your trip.

Special Instructions

• Lunch is not included in the price of this tour, however, your guide will offer suggestions based on your appetite and budget.
• You must bring your passport to take this tour. You will not be allowed to take the DMZ tour without it.
• The portion of the tour from Imjingak Park to the DMZ is provided by the government and that portion is shared.

Restrictions

• Certain areas restrict individual tourists from visiting the area on their own, so to avoid disappointment, prearrangements are necessary.
• Visitors of certain nationalities may be restricted from sightseeing at the DMZ.
• Photos can only be taken where permitted.
• Visitors must be at least 10 years old.
• The DMZ is closed on Mondays and Korean national holidays.