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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route

  • Private DMZ tour along a spy commando infiltration route
  • See where 22 North Korean spies crept across the fortified border of the DMZ in 1968
  • Stop at an artillery base and witness North Korean village life at a civilian observation post
Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route
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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route
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Travel with a private guide to one of the most important pieces of territory in Korea, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), which has marked the division between North and South Korea since the Korean War. After pickup in Seoul, your guide shows you the highlights of the DMZ, including Imjingak Peace Park, a model North Korean village, and the invasion route that North Korean spy commandos used when they infiltrated the world’s most heavily fortified border in 1968. Visit the War Memorial of Korea back in Seoul, before drop-off at your hotel.
What to Expect
For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, grab your passport and travel by private vehicle to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a small but important strip of land that has divided line North and South Korea since 1953.

As you drive to your first stop in the DMZ, your guide shares facts that illuminate the history of the Korean conflict. Upon your arrival at Imjingak Peace Park, see war artifacts and an artillery base with an authentic M109 Howitzer. Then go inside the DMZ to visit an army base where 22 North Korean spy commandos infiltrated the border in 1968. Hear about North Korea's three-day battle with the South Korean army and US army and take the short climb to the military observation post.

For lunch, dine on North Korean–style barbecued duck (vegetarian meals arranged upon request), then walk to a nearby civilian observation point. Peek through a telephoto lens to observe a model North Korean village, learning from your guide about life on the other side of the border.

Head back to Seoul, stopping to search for traces of bullet marks that are etched in the surrounding rocks and trees — evidence of the fighting between the United States Forces Korea and North Korean spy commandos.

Finally, visit a key location for anyone interested in Korean military history: the War Memorial of Korea in Seoul at Yongsan-dong. The impressive building was once at the headquarters for Korea's Infantry, and has been transformed into a military museum with exhibits of military tanks, artillery and fighter planes.

At the end of your full-day tour, your guide returns you to your hotel.
Reviews (76)
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Reviewed 1 week ago
Great Tour; Above and Beyond

Paul was my tour guide (just me), but we had an additional driver too in a great car. The total time was over 10 hours, and we packed a ton into the day. Everything from the on-time pickup to the weather (clear though really cold)...More

Date of experience: December 2018
1  Thank Jeff Brian S
Shawn L, Guest Relations Manager at DMZ Spy Tour - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hello Brian, thanks for your great review and we all really appreciate having you as our customer. JSA used to cancel its earlier plan abruptly for security reason and we are sorry about that anyhow. We wish you all the best. Thank you. DMZ SPY...More

Reviewed 1 week ago
Fascinating up-close look at DMZ, attention to detail

Our family of four adults thoroughly enjoyed our private tour with Paul (guide) and Tom (driver), tracing the invasion route, visit to the ROK Army post, Unification Bridge, and the larger afternoon visit to infiltration tunnel and more. Great explanations of history and incidents -...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank ThomasB3254
Shawn L, Guest Relations Manager at DMZ Spy Tour - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Tom! Many thanks for leaving such a good review here. It's shame JSA abruptly decide to close but it used to do it that way on short notice for security reasons. We are happy you instead enjoyed other places like infiltration tunnel and more....More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I had the privilege of participating in the "Private DMZ Tour" about 2 weeks ago . For me, this was an unforgettable experience , having had the real-time feel of the DMZ and the South/North Korean Border was simply unique . Think this is a...More

Date of experience: October 2018
Thank George G
Shawn L, Guest Relations Manager at DMZ Spy Tour - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Dear Dr George G, many thanks for your kind and gentle review. Much more delighted to see your review here after having already got your nice email to express your impression of the tour. We wish you all the best and good health. Thank you...More

Reviewed 5 November 2018
Outstanding Tour!

Our private DMZ tour with Paul was incredible. Paul was so informative and engaging. We learned so much from him, which made having a tour guide invaluable. As US citizens, it was reassuring to have an English speaking guide. He made us feel comfortable with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
1  Thank Diane A
Shawn L, Guest Relations Manager at DMZ Spy Tour - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 7 November 2018

Many thanks Diane for your nice review about our tour and our Paul. Delighted to see you enjoyed that much and will double our efforts to please our future customers. Best wishes. DMZ SPY TOUR

Reviewed 31 October 2018
A private informative tour of Korean War and DMZ

It took a while for me to write a review because as soon as I got back stateside, busy life took over. However, I just want to warmly thank our tour guide Scott of DMZspytours for showing us around DMZ. He was thoughtful and very...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Shawn L, Guest Relations Manager at DMZ Spy Tour - Day Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 1 November 2018

Hello many many thanks for your lengthy review and especially time you spared and spent to write that even after a long while. Your explanation about passport requirement and traffic would be much helpful to the future travelers too. Very much appreciate your compliment to...More

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11 December 2018|
Response from rachel2u | Reviewed this property |
Hi, For Joint Security Area, children are not allowed. We went this year with my friend's child who was 6 years old. DMZ should be okay.
20 November 2018|
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Response from Jfrinzi | Reviewed this property |
I don’t know if it’s closed. However, this tour takes you right to the fence itself. It’s not near it, you are freaking in it. You are as close as you can be. It’s really cool.