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DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory provided by I Love Seoul Tour - Day Tours

DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory

DMZ Small Group Tour from Seoul Including Dora Observatory
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Tour snapshot
Let a guide take care of transport and entrance fees on a stress-free tour
Duration:
6h
Taking Covid-19 safety measures
Hotel pickup offered
Group size:
5
Ticket type:
Mobile
Free cancellation
  • Duration:
    6h
  • Taking Covid-19 safety measures
  • Hotel pickup offered
  • Group size:
    5
  • Ticket type:
    Mobile
  • Free cancellation
About
The Demilitarized Zone is the heavily guarded border between South and North Korea: although a must-see, many first time visitors are often put off trying to visit by the mystery surrounding the area. This stress-free tour allows you to visit the DMZ and travel between key sites of interest with ease, as you gain insight into Korean War history with a guide. Plus, convenient hotel pickup means you won't waste time trying to find a start point.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Available languages
English
Highlights
  • Explore with a guide and gain insight into Korean War history
  • Gain access to the heavily-armed border that separates North and South Korea 
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from central Seoul
What to expect
  • Your morning starts with pickup from your Seoul hotel by coach or minivan. During the drive toward the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), pass sites of interest including Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park and Mangbaedan—where North Koreans perform traditional rites on celebration days. On arrival at the Demarcation Line, explore sites of interest including Freedom Bridge and the old Gyeongui train line. With your guide on hand, gain insight into Korean War history and learn of the area’s significance to Koreans on both sides of the border. Take in key sites including the DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory. Here, you can take in sweeping views across the DMZ and even catch glimpses of rural life in North Korea. When your time at the DMZ comes to an end, return to central Seoul to conclude your tour.
Know before you go
  • Duration: 6h
  • Mobile tickets accepted
Available languages
English
Cancellation policy
  • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
Highlights
  • Explore with a guide and gain insight into Korean War history
  • Gain access to the heavily-armed border that separates North and South Korea 
  • Hassle-free round-trip transport from central Seoul
What to expect
  • Your morning starts with pickup from your Seoul hotel by coach or minivan. During the drive toward the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), pass sites of interest including Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park and Mangbaedan—where North Koreans perform traditional rites on celebration days. On arrival at the Demarcation Line, explore sites of interest including Freedom Bridge and the old Gyeongui train line. With your guide on hand, gain insight into Korean War history and learn of the area’s significance to Koreans on both sides of the border. Take in key sites including the DMZ Theater and Exhibition Hall, the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel, and the Dora Observatory. Here, you can take in sweeping views across the DMZ and even catch glimpses of rural life in North Korea. When your time at the DMZ comes to an end, return to central Seoul to conclude your tour.
Need help booking?
Call the number below and use the product code: 14882P17
Call 0061 (87) 2285 255
Important information
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only(if option is selected)
  • Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong
  • Professional local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Pistol Shooting (if option is selected)
  • Gondola (if afternoon tour option is selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Third Tunnel
  • Entry/Admission - Dora Observatory
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel drop-off
Duration
6h
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Departure Point: Hotel in central/downtown Seoul Dates: Available everyday Except on Monday & National Holiday. Return point: Drop off at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • Koreana Hotel, Seoul, South Korea Meetingpoint: Koreana Hotel 1F(ground floor) at 07:20 am. (This is for travelers who chose meeting point option)
  • Koreana Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
  • Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice.
  • A pick-up service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
  • Hotel pickup is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our staff will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
  • All schedules are subject to change due to road conditions(roadworks, traffics etc.), weather conditions (storms, hurricanes, dense fog, heavy snow, etc.) and the government order, strike, and any other unforeseen reasons for the military reason such as military training, visiting higher level of military personnel etc. In this case, we reserve the right to cancel and/or alter any/all part of the itinerary which may result from circumstances beyond our control. We will do our utmost to improve that situation. However, we can NOT grant refunds. * Alternative itinerary Imjingak park > Art Space BEAT 131 > Odusan Unification Observatory > The war memorial of Korea > Dismissal at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers like ginseng center or amethyst factory.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you didn't receive confirmation email with a pick-up time, please contact us via email or calls.
  • For the pistol shooting, participants must over age 14.
  • We take the gondola afternoon tour only. If you'd like to take the gondola, please choose afternoon tour option.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During the pandemic situation, visit some places may be prohibited.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Inclusions
  • Hotel pickup in downtown Seoul only(if option is selected)
  • Drop-off at City Hall or Myeongdong
  • Professional local guide
  • Transport by air-conditioned coach or minivan
  • Pistol Shooting (if option is selected)
  • Gondola (if afternoon tour option is selected)
  • Entry/Admission - The Third Tunnel
  • Entry/Admission - Dora Observatory
Exclusions
  • Lunch
  • Hotel drop-off
Departure details
  • Traveller pickup is offered.
  • Departure Point: Hotel in central/downtown Seoul Dates: Available everyday Except on Monday & National Holiday. Return point: Drop off at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • Koreana Hotel, Seoul, South Korea Meetingpoint: Koreana Hotel 1F(ground floor) at 07:20 am. (This is for travelers who chose meeting point option)
  • Koreana Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
  • Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
  • Hotel pickup is offered. View the hotel list on our checkout page to see if yours is included among the pickup points.
Duration
6h
Return details
  • Koreana Hotel, Seoul, South Korea
  • Myeong-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul, South Korea
Additional information
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • A current valid passport is required on the day of travel
  • Since the DMZ is operated by the military, the trip may be canceled without prior notice.
  • A pick-up service is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your accommodation isn't in Seoul (for example, Incheon), you can choose whether to make your own way to Seoul or to pay the extra charge based on the distance traveled, on the day of your tour.
  • Hotel pickup is available for centrally-located Seoul hotels. If your hotel/guesthouse is behind alleys, our staff will meet you in front of the nearest central hotel or nearest subway station.
  • All schedules are subject to change due to road conditions(roadworks, traffics etc.), weather conditions (storms, hurricanes, dense fog, heavy snow, etc.) and the government order, strike, and any other unforeseen reasons for the military reason such as military training, visiting higher level of military personnel etc. In this case, we reserve the right to cancel and/or alter any/all part of the itinerary which may result from circumstances beyond our control. We will do our utmost to improve that situation. However, we can NOT grant refunds. * Alternative itinerary Imjingak park > Art Space BEAT 131 > Odusan Unification Observatory > The war memorial of Korea > Dismissal at City Hall or Myeongdong.
  • This tour does not stop at any shopping centers like ginseng center or amethyst factory.
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • If you didn't receive confirmation email with a pick-up time, please contact us via email or calls.
  • For the pistol shooting, participants must over age 14.
  • We take the gondola afternoon tour only. If you'd like to take the gondola, please choose afternoon tour option.
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • During the pandemic situation, visit some places may be prohibited.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 5 travellers
Travel safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travellers
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
Itinerary
  • You'll start at
    Koreana Hotel
    Or, you can also get picked up
    See Important Information for details
  • 1
    Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Park
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • 2
    The Third Tunnel
    Stop: 40 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 3
    Dora Observatory
    Stop: 30 minutes - Admission included
    See details
  • 4
    Dorasan Station
    Stop: 20 minutes
    See details
  • You'll end at
    See Important Information for details
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Isabelle Y
Phoenix, AZ19 contributions
Good tour. I think anyone can enjoy it. The DMZ is very strict on time so be prepared to have little time at each place so grab souvenirs while you can. The guides are pretty knowledgeable and good at English. They gave us a good backstory of the DMZ, a general history of Korea, and it is clear they are very passionate about reunification. I was a bit scared before the tour but they helped eased my fears and it’s not as scary as you think. It seemed pretty safe for our group when we went.
Only took off one star cause the tour guides made some of their American political views public and it made our group a bit uncomfortable. I can understand discussing Korean politics on a DMZ tour but I don’t see why it is necessary to mention their personal foreign political opinion.
Written 20 December 2021
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Rawan
1 contribution
Dec. 2021
What an experience to be so close yet so far to the other side! The tour guide was very friendly and very knowledgeable. She gave us a good introduction on the way to the DMZ on what to expect and how will our day look like. She did not hesitate to give us reminders throughout the day. The guide was also open to questions and gave clear answers. I totally recommend this experience! It is very packed yet you do not need the whole day. By 2:30PM expect to be back and to enjoy the rest of your day.
Written 12 December 2021
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Michael L
1 contribution
The guide were super friendly and gave a lot of information and history about the DMZ! Even though it felt somewhat rushed at Dora Observatory, the overall experience was still enjoyable.
Written 28 November 2021
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Jaume Rodriguez
Barcelona, Spain13 contributions
Nov. 2021
The tour guides were the best part of it! Very friendly and knowledgeable ladies.
I would 100% recommend this tour if you're interested in Korean history as they explain really interesting facts and you can even drink water from the inside of one of the North Korean tunnels.
Overall had an amazing experience!
Written 21 November 2021
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Satori-Wind
Seoul, South Korea9 contributions
Oct. 2020
Very interesting and thought-provoking. It must be exhausting for North Korea to keep up this ruse for almost 70 years. Although Covid 19 has put a damper on the DMZ tours, our guide made the best of it. She was well prepared with tickets, directions, and instructions.
Written 25 October 2020
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BillNabilah
Sepang, Malaysia271 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Friends
I was picked up from my hotel. Our tour guide is a nice young lady who shared a lot of information and knowledge. She also speaks fluent English. The tour went smoothly with good timong at each location. Does not feel rushed at all. Highly recommended.
Written 15 March 2020
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Jan
Singapore, Singapore22 contributions
Feb. 2020
Too bad the tunnel was closed. Else it was a good trip to see the observatory place. if you use the binoculars, can see people playing in the village in North Korea. I was there 10mins before meeting time and the coach was already waiting.
Written 1 March 2020
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John M
Nottingham, UK98 contributions
I really enjoyed this trip despite the changes made because of the flu restrictions in the DMZ.
Julie was a great guide - very knowledgeable and lots of fun. It was just a shame the weather wasn’t good enough to see very far on the day!
Written 19 January 2020
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ariel_latorre1969
Brisbane, Australia35 contributions
Dec. 2019
This was an end of December 2019 tour of an alternative DMZ package. The normal DMZ tour was still not available due to concerns about the swine flu. The tour provider informed us of the alternate itinerary as soon as we got confirmation of the booking. Itinerary for our tour was the Ganghwa Peace Observatory, Veterans Memorial Park, Imjingak Park, and the Art Space Beat.

I think the tour was too short for people to have a good insight of the sites. If the tour was extended by an hour, it would have allowed a better experience. I felt like the group was being herded too quickly for people to understand the history behind the sites.
Written 6 January 2020
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zbasna
Helsinki, Finland60 contributions
I recommend this trip. Our nice lady tour guide shared plenty of information, we were at time.
Also the communication with the agency via trip advisor was smooth , quick and informative
Written 21 December 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Dear. zbasna, Hi, zbasna! We appreciate taking your time to leave a great review for us. We are happy to know that you had a nice tour with our guide. Did you have a closer look at North Korea at the observatory? We hope you did :) We also hope you visit Korea again when the DMZ open again. Thank you again for your review and compliment for us! Best, Sarah Lee
Written 23 December 2019
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