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Nowhere is the tension between North and South Korea more palpable than in the no-man's-land known as the Korean Demilitarized Zone, or DMZ. As a divided nation, only 2.5 miles (4 km) separate the North from the South at what is the most heavily armed border on earth. The 150-mile (241-km) zone has served as a buffer since the 1953 cease-fire agreement between the United Nations and North Korea that put the Korean War on hold.

The Basics
Even with its past, the area is quite safe for travelers and is one of the most fascinating day trip options from Seoul. The DMZ can only be visited as part of an organized, guided tour, during which travelers get the chance to see the Joint Security Area (JSA), also known as Panmunjom, where the North and South met for peace talks during the war. Visitors can also see both North Korean and South Korean soldiers each guarding their respective sides of the DMZ. Other common stops on the tour include Imjingak Park, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, Freedom Bridge, and the Dora Observatory, where it's possible to look across the border into North Korea.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • The DMZ is a must-see for history buffs.
  • Choose a full- or half-day tour, lasting between 6 and 10 hours.
  • The DMZ can only be visited on a guided tour; no independent visits are permitted.
  • Don't forget your passport, as you'll need it for security check.
  • Dress conservatively and avoid wearing any "commercial" military clothing.
 
How to Get to the DMZ
Travelers wanting to go to the DMZ must visit with a guide, and tours need to be booked at least a few days ahead of time for security reasons. Tours typically include pickup and drop-off from either your hotel in Seoul or a central meeting point, so there's no hassle with transportation to and from the various points of interest.

When to Get There
Tours to the DMZ can be canceled on short notice, so it's a good idea to book for your first full day in Seoul so you have time to reschedule as needed. For the best weather, plan to visit in spring or fall. Expect high humidity and more frequent rainfall during the summer months, and dress for chilly weather in winter—temperatures tend to hover in the 20s and 30s F.

Dress to Impress at the DMZ
The DMZ has a strictly enforced dress code, partly because North Korean soldiers have been known to take photos of poorly dressed tourists to use in propaganda "proving" that other nations are too poor to afford proper clothing. Leave the ripped jeans, sandals, and halter tops at the hotel.

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Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul, Seoul, null
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Half-Day Korean DMZ Tour from Seoul

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This half-day tour will take you to the Korean DMZ that is located about an hour away from Seoul. You will see the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, the DMZ Exhibition ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $45.50
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul, Seoul, Day Trips
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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul

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While in Seoul, travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom – officially known as the Joint Security Area (JSA) – and experience the infamous ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $134.90
DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory, Seoul, Day Trips
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DMZ Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

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The DMZ area is the closest district to the North Korea. This 6-hour tour (including transfers) is primarily held in the 3rd tunnel, which you will have the ...  Read more

Location: Paju-si, South Korea
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00
Ultimate DMZ and JSA: Private Tour including North Korea Spy Commando Invasion Route, Seoul, Day ... 
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Ultimate DMZ and JSA: Private Tour including North Korea Spy Commando Invasion Route

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Let an informative guide escort you on a private tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), following the North Korean spy commandos’ invasion route and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $212.00
DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul, Seoul, Historical & Heritage Tours
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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul

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On this tour of the Korean Demilitarized Zone from Seoul, feel the reality of Korea’s turbulent history as you explore the line that divides North Korea and ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: Varies

From USD $45.89
Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route, Seoul, Day Trips
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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

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For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, take this full-day privately guided excursion from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a border that ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $138.00
Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea, Seoul, Private Sightseeing Tours
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Full Day Korean DMZ Tour including the War Memorial of Korea

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This tour will take you from Seoul to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone) that is a very unique, educational and contemporary historical place. When you arrive at ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Korean Demilitarized Zone and N Seoul Tower Private Tour, Seoul, Day Trips
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Korean Demilitarized Zone and N Seoul Tower Private Tour

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

Deepen your understanding of the tragic division of Korea during this 8-hour tour to the Korean Demilitarized Zone and N Seoul Tower with your own private ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $79.00
Full-Day Tour of DMZ Including a Pistol Shooting Experience, Seoul, Historical & Heritage Tours
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Full-Day Tour of DMZ Including a Pistol Shooting Experience

4 star rating: Recommended 4 Reviews

Explore a Cold War-era infiltration tunnel, look out at North Korea from the Dora Observatory, and see the Military Demarcation Line up close at the historic ...  Read more

Location: Paju-si, South Korea
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $109.00
Full-Day Paju DMZ and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour with Lunch from Seoul, Seoul, Day Trips
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Full-Day Paju DMZ and 3rd Infiltration Tunnel Tour with Lunch from Seoul

4 star rating: Recommended 7 Reviews

South Korea is one of the world's only divided country and the Korean Demilitarized Zone remains along the Military Demarcation Line which separates the two ...  Read more

Location: Seoul, South Korea
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $60.00

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