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“visit to Odu Mountain Unification Observatory and see the DMZ” 4 of 5 stars
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Demilitarized Zone
North Korea
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Ranked #1 of 2 activities in North Korea
Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Tours
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Owner description: The neutral border between North and South Korea.
Vancouver, Washington
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“visit to Odu Mountain Unification Observatory and see the DMZ”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2013 via mobile

Visited Seoul for business and friends took us to the closest observatory about 30miles north of Seoul. The observatory had good views of North Korea and offered some history behind it. Good place to go if you have a short amount of time. For anyone visiting this place, bring a stamped post card to mail at the DMZ Post at the observatory.

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“Great Piece of Current History”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2013

We did the DMZ tour and got to step inside the very room where they talk between the North and South, very interesting considering you are standing in an active war zone. The stories of tunnels, espionage battle and skirmishes are very interested and to see across to the North and look at the North looking back at you is quite eerie.

Visited February 2012
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Jakarta
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“A must go!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012 via mobile

Bought the full day tour. Its a bit expensive ($130 per person) but taking your kids to see "live" history is priceless (their grandad was a Korean war vet).

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“History and a substantial amount of propaganda”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2012

I went on this tour with a real mix of people (Australians, Cantonese, Americans, Japanese). It is definitely a well-worth visit but the tour is quite costly. For my taste, there was too much propaganda. However, the historical aspect was very interesting. I recommend this place to anyone staying in Seoul for more than 4 days.

Visited December 2011
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Krefeld
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“Half day Propaganda-Tour (from the south)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2012

Staying on business for at least 3 weeksin Suwon (south of Seoul) I took the chance to take a full day tour to DMZ and NLL (Northern Limit Line) The DMZ part was nice, For my opinion too much propaganda. They make a lot of action (military control, etc) to visit at least some tourist place. The DMZ, untouched for almost 60 years is told to be a great natural reserve. You have to beleive, as you can not see anything. With a chance of looking over the border from an observation point (no cameras allowed there) you are looking to some landscape which could be anywhere. The closest point to goto North Korean territorty is by visiting the 3rd "invasion tunnnel" which had been discovers by the South Koreans in the late 90's. The data given by signs and tour guides as well as prochures about how many "fully-armed" soldiers could have possibly invaded Seoul varys a lot and and shows the level of propaganda.
On the way from Seoul you see lots of fences and watchtowers also on the river sides (+bunkers..) butr when looking at the GPS map They where also present at places where opposite site is also South Korea :-)

In total worth going there but need to combine with Panmunjeom.

AVOID NLL as it is mostly for Koreans (no English, nothing to see - beside the other sides landscape)


Bring your passport!

Visited September 2012
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