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DMZ Past and Present: Korean Demilitarized Zone Tour from Seoul
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Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) and JSA Panmunjom Tour from Seoul
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Private DMZ Tour: North Korean Spy Commando Invasion Route
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
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“Advise Accepted”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

Advice given by a friend to do this tour, and although I thought it was expensive, it ended up being really worth it. We did a full day tour, booked in advance over the internet (as advised) and paid $85 each. Booking was easy and if you break it down into individual components, I guess it was expensive. But ... what you can't put a monetary value on is the experience. At the Joint Security Area there is a feeling of theatrics, but perhaps that is because we have always lived in peace and harmony, never feeling the threat that is part of every day life for those there. There was lots to learn and new understanding of how things are for Koreans, particularly those in the north. If you are in Korea, plan ahead and do the tour. Be mindful of dress code and the need to carry your passport. And we have to be grateful to those UN forces who help to keep the peace. Lets hope Unification isn't just a dream but a future reality.

Visited November 2012
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“How could you not?”
Reviewed November 11, 2012 via mobile

I see why it's a draw especially if you re in Korea. Not much to see its more of the feel. We pre paid $72/ pp, overheard other paid $46/pp if you purchase via your hotel. However, we got picked up while others had to meet the bus at a designated meeting place. Saw one of the tunnels (they ll explain what it is) and walked almost a mile deep (not for claustrophobics) along with a bunch of other people. Only to see what's at the end for about 2 minutes. There is a tram but definitely pre book cause walk ins are not allowed. At the end of it all, you ll appreciate the hearts of So Koreans and share their dream of unification.

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“A Must-See in South Korea”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Too often as Americans, we take our freedom for granted. This is a must-see place for all visitors to Korea. Security is very tight, as you will need to show your passport upon entering the general vicinity. There is a memorial to Korean War veterans, Imjingak Park, several other monuments, Unification Park and The North Korea Center. Allow yourself a few hours to browse throughout the area. Get a general sense of the DMZ and the desire for world peace.

Visited November 2012
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“3rd Tunnel Tour”
Reviewed October 27, 2012

This was the only tour available on the day we were in Seoul as it was a public holiday and the other tours do not run. Not the one we would have chosen but we wanted to experience something of the DMZ and were glad we did. We went with tourdmz.
Very informative tour, great guide, she had a great sense of humour. We had two guides, one who spoke Japanese and one who spoke English and they divided the bus in half so the guides could talk to their group more easily. Lunch was in an out-of-the-way place, sitting on the floor and cooking at your in-table cooker. Everything was prepared and the cookers turned on once you sat down and very enjoyable. Maybe the guides should have explained here, what the dishes were, we just tucked in as we had been in Korea for a few days and had already experienced these foods but there plenty on the tour that just looked stunned at the food in front of them. Lunch was included but beer additional. Dont be embarrassed to ask for a fork or spoon or a drink. There were only a few drinking with their meals, but hey we were on holiday. Try everything and experience something new.
There were a lot of people at each tourist stop we visited so waiting to get a photo took some time and you soon realise politely waiting for your turn does not pay. Just get in and get your photo.
The tunnel tour itself was slightly cramped and damp, thats what the hard hats are for so wear them and the seatbelts so you don't end up in the arms of the person in front of you while descending (unless that was the idea) It was funny listening to all the 'donk donks' of the hats as they hit the walls of the tunnel or the supports. Flat covered shoes are a must as there is water on the floor. You will have to walk slightly bent over for the whole time.
HINT: If you are tall sit in the middle of the seats on the monorail as it gives more headroom. My husband sat on the side being polite and got a lovely donk on the hard hat as we descended.

Visited September 2012
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“Good Impressions”
Reviewed October 2, 2012

Selecting a DMZ tour is not easy in Seoul. We went for the Panmunjom tour by tourdmz.com
We were interested in Panmunjom and the freedom bridge. The tour started at 9 am and ended at 5 pm. We had a very good tour guide explaining everything we wanted to know. The procedures around the Joint Security Area (JSA) looked a bit like a show to me (2 minutes for taking pictures, don't look anywhere else than where we tell you, don't point, hold your breath, etc.) especially for the tourists. However, later during our trip we found complete beaches near Gangneung that were completely locked with barbwire, to prevent North Koreans to enter South Korea. So after all the proceedings at JSA were probably to prevent a tourist to do something that would provoke the NK's... (yes, some tourists can do that...). All together is was an impressive experience on a good tour.

Visited September 2012
5 Thank NickE2
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