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Joongang Express Tour

#74 of 422 Tours in Seoul
Seoul, South Korea
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About Joongang Express Tour
We are the licensed company by UNC We have Peace Co existence area JSA DMZ tour. After Korean War 1953, JSA is the only one place to see the division of the country. You are able to see both of soldier, ROK and KPA. and also If you would like to go to the North Korea, it is possible to go there when you visit Military Armistice Commission Building at JSA. 3rd tunnel, Dora observatory and Dorasan station are DMZ tour spots.
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Martin wrote a review Sep 2019
Düsseldorf, Germany8 contributions4 helpful votes
I had an amazing day at the DMZ and JSA with an absolutely great guide called Son Me. Thanks a lot . I won’t forget it.
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Date of experience: September 2019
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Pablo G wrote a review Jul 2019
Paris, France11 contributions15 helpful votes
We booked our tour on time and they simply cancelled a few days before without any single reason. It puts at risk their transparence
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Date of experience: July 2019
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Bar wrote a review Apr 2019
Tel Aviv, Israel8 contributions
Though the guide's English was a bit 'hazy', the tour was quite the experience. The guide was diligently sticking to the schedule, and we returned on time feeling fulfilled, covering all the attractions. If you are for efficiency, this agency is a good choice.
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Date of experience: April 2019
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David Papkin wrote a review Aug 2018
Singapore, Singapore56 contributions25 helpful votes
Joongang travel agency President Hotel.Elderly Korean woman tour guide spoke in heavily accented English which was difficult to understand . For example, she kept saying South Dakota ,which actually meant South Korea and that south Korea broadcasted K pop to north korea non stop to protest murder of tourists .not exactly true but her broken english explained like that. She stood in the front of the bus giving her verbal tour . We couldn't hear her in our assigned seats ,even though we said a few times the speakers weren't working above our heads .she promised to repeat the info later,which she never did. She took role seat by seat,announcing our citizenship loudly ,which violates our privacy. The lunch was frugal with minimum condiments which surprising for Korean food and water only. No tea etc. At the end tour I asked her if she would explain what we didn't hear about general MacArthur but she refused even though she promised earlier. Next time please have a better English speaking tour guide who has her facts straight and decent food for tourists to make a favorable impression. Also no bus or taxi pickup .we had to go to the travel agency ourselves. The tour was interesting history especially about the tunnels and the JSA. Suggest checking reviews of other agencies, for other choice of tour operators since the tour is an important one. End of David Papkin review. #davidpapkin #dmz #jsa #taxi #southkorea
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Date of experience: August 2018
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Dirk_Schmoker wrote a review Aug 2018
London, United Kingdom590 contributions491 helpful votes
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I did feel sorry for those who only opted to do the half day DMZ tour as they truly missed out on the most amazing experience at the JSA! The tour was a mixture of people doing the half day DMZ tour and those going on to the JSA in the afternoon so on our coach was a mixture of people wearing JSA regulation clothing (see below and my picture of the rules) and lots in shorts and vests. Don’t panic when you watch them get onto the coach and think you’ve overdressed as those dressed in shorts will go back to Seoul at lunchtime and miss out on the best part of the day!! In the morning we visited a number of attractions but I want to give a warning about one -the 3rd tunnel first. The physical exertion needed to go down and back up is very much underplayed by the guides so I want to make it very clear that it is really hard and there’s not actually a lot to see down there. If you are tall, unfit or have any mobility issues then I suggest you stay at the top. The way down to the tunnel is a 450m-ish steep slope down so the return is the same but uphill. It is incredibly challenging and there is nowhere to sit and rest. There is a train but our guide said it had to be booked 2 weeks in advance and they hadn’t done it. The tunnel itself is quite low so anyone over 5’10” will find themselves bent over and lunging for the full 150m-ish and back. The guide made it sound like a gentle walk but it really is a difficult walk. No phones or cameras are allowed down there so if you are any of the above then I would look it up on Google images and save yourselves the hassle, pain and potential injury. On to the JSA tour which was in the afternoon when everyone in shorts went back to Seoul. Lunch was at the freedom bridge and the beef stew was surprising good. The biggest debate we had before the tour was what to wear as there were a lot of conflicting reports on the internet. So, I have attached a photo of the dress code rules on our tour. They allowed men with shorts below their knees, polo shirts with small brands on the chest and walking sandals (Merrill type things). Short sleeves were fine but absolutely no round necks on our tour although we did see other tours where it was clearly allowed. Our guide had extra clothes in case anyone didn’t pass the inspection and a soldier really does come onto the bus and check you so beware!! The visit itself was amazing and an absolute must. From the moment the US soldier got on our bus to brief us, to the presentation before we set off on the JSA bus to the actual visit to the border it was exciting, slightly nerve wracking to be so close to a volatile border and extremely informative. I would go back in a heartbeat but it gets booked up very quickly so make sure you sign up months in advance to guarantee it. If I’d just gone on the half day DMZ tour I would have definitely felt I had missed out!!
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Date of experience: August 2018
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