I booked my tour of Panmunjom (also known as Joint Security Area - JSA) through Panmunjom Travel Centre in Lotte Hotel - advanced booking is needed as the UN Command needs to conduct background checks on every visitor and certain restrictions may apply. I took a combined day tour of the DMZ and JSA - these are different and you can always choose to make 2 separate trips, but I highly recommend this combined one if you have limited time and money.
The JSA is located in the southern segment of the DMZ, which is divided by the Military Demarcation Line. At Camp Bonifas (the camp operated by the US and S. Korea), we received a briefing about the history of the Korean War and various incidents that have since occurred in the DMZ. When we entered the DMZ, an American soldier escorted us throughout the trip in the bus and gave us information about the Panmunjom. However, if you want a totally unbiased view of the relationship between the North and South, don't just rely on the information given to you during the trip. After all, there are always 2 sides to the story. Our Korean guide was quite informative and helpful.
For those who are politically aware and inquisitive, I recommend this trip - the tension between the two remains and conflict is a live issue. it is a once-in-a-lifetime sort of thing to do before the inevitable reunification/unification of the two Koreas.
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