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Pick up Place → Imjingak Park → The Unification Bridge → ID Check → DMZ theater and exhibition hall → The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Amethyst or Ginseng Center → Drop off at Itaewon

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DMZ Tour Morning Itinerary

Why Kdream Tour

Welcome to Kdream Tour. Thanks for your interest and support for our service.

Kdream Tour travel has run Seoul daily city tour for more than 15 years. We developed the most attractive tour packages for visitors and will continue to create new programs to meet international traveler’s need.

We help you to plan your own Seoul city tour with well-prepared theme and organized time table. You will find the most convenient way to enjoy Seoul with Kdream Tour.

We hire the best tour guides with good service experience especially for foreigners and they all get great feedbacks from the customers. They are all proud of what they do for visitors to make your every corner of visits memorable and meaningful.

Transportation is another important things define travel quality. We provides brand new and clean cars with reasonable price for various tour packages.

There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meanimeaningful.

Transportation is another important things define travel quality. We provides brand new and clean cars with reasonable price for various tour packages.

There is Korean saying “Even a chance meeting is due to the Karma in a previous life.” We will serve you as our family and friend as we want you to remember the time with us as a great memory. There are so much fun in Seoul and we cannot wait to introduce all of them. It does not matter morning, afternoon or late night. You will be surprised what you can enjoy in every second. We look forward to meeting you soon. You will enjoy guided tour with interesting secret and meaningful information that you cannot find elsewhere. Aren’t you excited about the best guide, the best customer, the best place and the best tour course?

Tour Highlights

DMZ Tour: Introduction
The DMZ is a buffer zone between the two Koreas, bisecting the Korean Peninsula
The DMZ has been the most popular tourist destination in 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 stretches 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.

Historical Background
The surrender of Japan in 1945 at the end of Pacific War saw the division of Korea along the 38th parallel, when the US and the Soviet Union moved into the Korean Peninsula. The line was intended to be a temporary political border, but the failure to hold free elections throughout the peninsula in 1948 deepened the division between the two sides.
North Korean tanks crossed the 38th parallel at dawn on June 25, 1950. The war lasted for three years and one month, costing more than two million people’s lives. The ceasefire agreement was signed at Panmunjom on July 27, 1953. The armistice, not a peace treaty, is still in effect today.

Major Tour Destinations
In essence, any DMZ tour is meant to experience the reality of division and to find hope for the future. The highlight of the tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by the South Korean 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 a depth of 73 meters underground. The infiltration tunnel was made by dangerous manual excavation work with dynamite, shovels and pick axes. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from the JSA, where the representatives of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunification.
The other tourism spots include an observatory and a train station. The observatory sits on the top of a hill, from which you can observe the northern area including the “Gaesung Industrial Complex,” the “Propaganda Village,” a huge statue of North Korean Leader Kim Il-sung, etc. The train station is the northern most one of South Korea and it is physically connected to the North Korean railway system, which again is linked to the Trans Eurasian Railway Network. Regardless of the frustrating diplomacy surrounding the Korean Peninsula, here you can find the possibility of going to Europe by TRS (Trans-Siberian Railway).

What You Can Expect

The west side of DMZ lies only 52 kilometers far from Seoul in the north direction. However, there is no public transportation directly linked DMZ to Seoul. Even after you manage to arrive at the DMZ, you can see that the pass check is sellout after a long standing in the waiting line of the ticket office. Some traveler finds out that they have forgotten to bring their passport only after they are requested to show them to an MP of the military checkpoint.

Yes, the wisest way to DMZ is to use the particular service of Seoulcitytourbooking tour. You don’t need to worry by one simple booking with Seoulcitytourbooking, which has run a DMZ tour service for over 15 years. You will be offered with:

  • The best storytelling tour guide for DMZ
  • The most comfortable transportation to and from the DMZ (containing a morning pick-up service at your hotel in Seoul)
  • The total service, including the entrance fee to tour the facilities of the DMZ

Highlights

  • Dorasan Station
  • Imjingak Park
  • Unification Bridge
  • The best quality Ginseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet
  • Dora Observatory
  • Unification Bridge
  • The 3rd Infiltration Tunnelv
  • Hotel pickup and transportation by air-conditioned vehicles

Information

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Paris has the Eiffel Tower, Germany has the Berlin Wall, and Korea has DMZ!!!
DMZ is unique to Korea! Now is the time to visit it!
Let’s make a memorable trip to the Demilitarized Zone. You can have it only in Korea.

DMZ tour you don't want to miss in Korea

(The number of foreigners visiting DMZ grows 30% each year! A evidence that it’s interesting and worth a visit)

Located within one-hour distance from Seoul!
Half-day plan from your itinerary will suffice. No big deal!
Our Dmz Tour Service provides comfortable and wonderful special experience to you.
Let’s join DMZ tour with Seoulcitytourbooking

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DMZ Tour Itinerary

08:00-14:30(a six hours travel back and forth)

Hotel in Seoul -> Imjingak -> Tongildaegyo(bridge) -> passport/ID examination -> DMZ showroom and video room -> 3rd Tunnel ->

Dorasan Observatory -> Dorasan Station -> via Tongil Village -> Crystal Center -> Itaewon Sanding

DMZ Tour point !

+ Purposeful to visit the Dorasan Train Station, which would be the first station that connects Eurasian Continent (Asia and Europe).
+ DMZ is a place where it connects historically the past, present and future of Korea.
+ It is the tourist attraction because you can only see a divided nation in the world in Korea
+ Discover the 3rd Underground Tunnel near the DMZ that would have rewritten Korean history if it was not found.
+ Thrilling walk in the most dangerous tunnel closest to South Korea, through which more than 500 soldiers and even tanks can go through.
+ DMZ is the top tourist attraction for foreign visitors and they pay to visit Korea for that.

DMZ Tour Course

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[Imjingak(observatory)]
It is a place scalding with Koreans’ sorrow due to the 6.25 Korean War.

It is a security-reunification tourist attraction with its Mangbaedan(alter) for the displaced whose hometowns are in North Korea, Freedom Bridge as a representative, estate of the Koran War, Bell of Peace and so forth. Especially, Mangbaedan is famous as a place the displaced perform an ancestral rite on the occasions of Chooseok (Korean Thanksgiving) and Lunar New Year. After the truth, South Korean soldiers accorded during the Korean War, when they went down south, used Freedom Bridge, whose southern end are pendent hundreds of thousand ribbons of peace, designing an extravagant.

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[Tongildaegyo(Unification Bridge]
Its northern part is a civilian control place and the first door to the DMZ. Everyone, male or female, Korean or foreigner, should receive a license to cross the bridge. If one is a foreigner, he/she has to bring passport and if Korean, ID before traversing the bridge. This bridge is also famous because Jeong, Juyeong, founder of Hyundai Group crossed to visit North Korea with a herd of 500 cows in 1998.

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[DMZ showroom, video room]
It is a rare museum within the civilian control line. The museum, which the nation and the county had spent 44.5 billion Korean won, and it was officially opened on 08, 14, 2009. DMZ Showroom displays, brochure used during the 6.25 Korean Civil War, bayonets, empty cartridges, military letters, pottery found on DMZ, taxidermied birds and etc. DMZ Video Room features three-dimensional moving pictures. By watching them, you can easily find out how Korea got divided.

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[The 3rd Underground Tunnel]
The Third Unground Tunnel burrow out by the North could send 30,000 soldiers per hour to invade the South. It’s wide enough for even tanks can go through. It has elevators and you can go down either on foot or by train. When you go down on foot, you must wear anti-slip shoes since it’s dotted with slippery areas. In the tunnel, you are allowed to get as close as 200 meters to the Military Demarcation Line (MDL). You will get amazed.

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[Dorasan Observatory]
It is the place you have the best view of the North since it’s located on the southern border of the DMZ, that is, in the northernmost part of South Korea. Here, you can see with the naked eye, the barbed wire fence put along the MDL, and during a clear day, you can see the North Korean villages and Gaesung Industrial Park of the North. Watching the North Korea close enough to reach, again, you get aware of the divided Korean Peninsula.

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[Dorasan Train Station]
It’s not the last station in the South, but the first station to the North. Should Korea be re-united, it would be the starting and arriving point of transcontinental railway traveling which go through the Eurasian Continent. The train doesn’t run as now. It obtained international attention in 2002, when George Bush, president of America and Kim, Daejung, president of Korea visited it. Thenceforth, it began to rise as a bring tourist attraction even in the eyes of foreign reporters.

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[Tongilmaeul(Reunification Village)]
The village in DMZ as an eco-friendly village with its rich farming land and nature-given setting is the only place in the world, access to and it controlled by the military. Especially, cold soybean grown in its fertile land rich in calcium and protein is known as nutritious choice food.
It has obtained so much popularity as the village’s indigenous product that it is the most favorite memento of those visiting the village.

The DMZ tour package is made up with courses well, which shows the sad history of Korean division. Let’s set out on a trip to sorrow historical places hidden in the dark side of brilliant, advanced Korea.

You can move individually up to Imjingang Station, but only specific buses can cross the Tongildaegyo(bridge) so you have to hop on one of them.
The Seoulcitytourbooking Tour starts from Seoul and led by guides who can speak English which is the most efficient.

Tour Included

Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Hotel Pick up Service (in Seoul)

Pick-up & Sending Service

1. Morning tours end at Itaewon. (Drop-off service back to your hotel is an additional charge of KRW 20,000 per person)
2. Pick-up service may be delayed due to traffic.

Payment / Cancelation

1. Cancel by 18:00 one day before the scheduled tour: 100% REFUND
2. Cancel after 18:00 one day before the tour date: cancellation fee of 100% of the tour cost.
3. Cancel at or after the tour begins or no-show: NO REFUND

Note

1. Passport is required!
2. DMZ Tour is closed on Mondays and National Holidays.
3. Lunch is not included in a half day tour.
4. In case some sites of the tours are closed, a visit to alternative places will apply.
5. When it is closed in case of some special situation.DMZ will be replaced by plan B non-refundable(Heavy rain or snow, military training)
* Plan B: Tomorrow’s Whistle-Bunker Beat 131-Odusan Unification Tower-The War memorial of Korea
6. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour
7. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.

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Imjingak Park

Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean War. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center.
400 kinds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are 12 kinds of tanks and crafts on display that were used during the war.
Mangbaedan Alter, which stands opposite of Imjingak, is famous for the place where people from North Korea visit and perform ancestral rites by bowing toward their hometown every New Year’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The Bridge of the Freedom, South Koreans crossed when they came back to their mother country from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan Alter.
In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. It has been under construction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. Imjingak is now one of the famous tourist spots for foreigners in Gyeonggi-do because it is possible to visit without going through any security check points

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The Unification Bridge

The bridge is more like a symbolic bridge built back in 1998, wishing unification between two Koreas.
It was built by Hyundai Business Group of South Korea. Underneath the bridge you can see a river which is called Imjingang, coming down from North Korea. The bridge also has a nickname which is the “Cow Bridge”. The founder of Hyundai whose name was Jung Juyoung crossed this bridge and went to North Korea back in 1998 with precisely 1,001 cows. Since then, we have been calling it the cow bridge. Of course all the cows he took with him were part of humanitarian donations for North Korean people.

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ID Check

If you look outside, you can see some soldiers wearing a green color camouflage uniform. They are South Korean soldiers or ROK soldiers currently serving their mandatory military service for 21 months. All men in South Korea have to serve the military mandatorily for 21 months, but it’s not required for women. I also served for 26 months a long time ago right after college, and it was longer than right now. Military service is getting shorter and shorter. However, the situation is a lot more terrible in North Korea. First of all, it’s mandatory for both genders, men and women. Men have to serve for 10 years while women serve for 7 years, but this is just for normal kinds of soldiers. For a special forces like Marine Corps and Airborne, they have to serve for 13 years.

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DMZ theater and exhibition hall

It’s a unique museum within the civilian control line. The museum, on which the nation and provinces had spent 44.5 billion Korean won, officially opened on 08, 14, 2009. DMZ Showroom displays leaflets used during the 6.25 Korean Civil War, military letters, bayonets, empty cartridges, pottery found in DMZ, taxidermied birds and etc. DMZ Video Room features three-dimensional moving pictures. By watching them, you can easily understand how Korea got divided.

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The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel

The highlight of the DMZ tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea.
Since 1974, South Army has discovered four tunnels crossing the MDL. The tunnels are believed to have been planned as a military invasion or infiltration route. Each tunnel is large enough to enable the passage of thirty thousand soldiers in one hour.
The 3rd tunnel discovered in 1978 penetrates into South Korea by 435 meters beyond the ceasefire line. You are going to hear how the tunnel was discovered with more detailed information. After listening to the story, you will enter into the actual tunnel to find the ambition of North Korea to make another sudden invasion. In addition, you are going to watch a short documentary film at the DMZ theater, and look around relics and reproductions of Korean War at its small exhibition hall.

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Dora Observatory

Dora Observatory, or OP Dora is the closest observation post to North Korea.
From the observation platform, North Korean scenery is visible, and so are the outskirts of Gaeseong City, the 3rd largest city of North Korea. Especially, you can view the Gaeseong Industrial Complex operated by both Koreas. If you use the binocular, a statute of Kim Il-sung can be found near the Gaeseong City.
You can also observe a fake North Korean border village. Within DMZ of North side, there’s a small village called “Propaganda Village.” On a clear day, you can view through binocular that it is actually a deserted town. Like a multi-million dollar Hollywood filming set, some lights flicker on and off at set times to create the illusion of people living there.

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Dorasan Station

A sign in the station reads, “Not the last station from the South, But the first station toward the North.”
For now, it is the northernmost station of South Korea which is only 700m, or a half mile away from the southern boundary of DMZ. The milestones of Dorasan Station (205km to Pyeongyang, 56km to Seoul) imply the reality of the division between two Koreas and the hope of a future. Although the tracks are connected, the north regime doesn’t allow trains to pass through, making $40 million station sit unused.
However, it serves as a beacon of hope for the reunification of two Koreas. Currently, it’s the last stop, but someday it will take you to Europe through the Trans-Siberian Railway.

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Amethyst or Ginseng Center

The colour of Amethyst is as unique as it is seductive, though in fact this gemstone of all gemstones is said to protect its wearer against seduction. Korean Amethyst is extravagance in violet since it has been formed from granite stone base since 5000 years. Moses described it as a symbol of the Spirit of God in the official robes of the High Priest of the Jews, and the Russian Empress Catherine the Great sent thousands of miners into the Urals to look for it. It was said to protect crops against tempests and locusts, bring good fortune in war and in the hunt, drive out evil spirits and inspire the intellect.
Ginseng is renowned for its effectiveness as a great healer for living ever so young.
Especially if you eat ginseng when you lose your energy, it really helps to regain energy.
Korea is acknowledged by the world because of the quality of ginseng as if it is the birthplace of ginseng.
You can experience various kinds of ginseng products like gingersnap, extract, ginseng preserved in honey, and other great quality of products made in Korea.

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Drop off at Itaewon

This is where all of you will be dropped off, and you are invited to go back to your place on your own either by subway or taxi.
There is subway line 6, and the station is Station. Itaewon is a very international place with so many foreigners coming in and out because the largest U.S. army base in Korea is in the neighborhood. The main street is lined up with so many foreign restaurants and road shops which make this place famous for shopping and eating.

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