Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tours

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tours

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tourism

【 Photo: In front of The 3rd Tunnel DMZ Exhibition Hall 】

The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a weapons-free buffer zone between North and South Korea. The area was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War, and includes the 2km-wide stretch of land both north and south of the line. The DMZ extends largely from Gyeonggi-do to Gangwon-do, including seven different cities and smaller counties of Paju, Yeoncheon, Cheorwon, Hwacheon, Yanggu, Inje and Goseong. The zone has been protected from human disturbance for about 6 decades and has unintentionally become a haven for wildlife, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

DMZ Travel Tip
Many places are located beyond the Civilian Control Line and as such, are not open to individual tourists. To enjoy the DMZ comfortably, sign up for a travel package such as the DMZ Peace Train, operated by KORAIL. More importantly, you are required to bring a legitimate form of identification and/or your passport when going to the DMZ. Tourists are additionally reminded that photography is highly restricted, so please check before taking photographs.

DMZ Peace Train

【 Photo: Peace Train 】

The DMZ Peace Train is a tourist train operated by KORAIL departing from Seoul and visiting the DMZ. The train runs in three courses, including the Dorasan Security Tour, Yeoncheon Dreaming Tour, and the Cheorwon Security Tour. Each tour package is a round-trip, one-day tour.

【 Photo: Dorasan Station 】

Dorasan Station is one of the northernmost railway stations on the Gyeongui Line, connecting Seoul to Sinuiju. The station was visited by previous Korean President Kim Daejung and pervious American President George H.W. Bush. The station has become a symbol of the efforts for a unified Korea.

  • - Dorasan Peace Park

【 Photo: Pinwheels at Dorasan Peace Park 】

Dorasan Peace Park is an ecopark featuring a pond in the shape of the Korean peninsula with a boardwalk around it. The park’s exhibition hall teaches about the history of Dorasan Station and presents information and materials on the ecology of the DMZ.

【 Photo: Dora Observatory 】

Dora Observatory is the northern-most observatory on the Western section of the DMZ. The binoculars offer views of the city of Gaeseong, Songaksan Mountain, and the Statue of Kim Il-sung in North Korea. The area just beyond the observatory is within a military outpost command, so photography is strictly prohibited here. In addition, the observatory is located within the Civilian Control Line, so visitors must join the Dorasan Security Tour to visit.

【 Photo: Outside The 3rd Tunnel 】

Discovered in 1978, the Third Infiltration Tunnel was dug by the Northern army to spy on their Southern counterparts. The tunnel is 1,635 meters long, with a height and width of 2 meters. It is estimated that over 30,000 soldiers would have been able to pass through the tunnel in just one hour. It has become an all inclusive tourist attraction, with a DMZ video hall, representative sculptures, gift shops and more.

DMZ Peace Train - Dorasan Security Tour
  • Operating days: Wednesday-Sunday, once a day / No trains Monday-Tuesday
  • Tour schedule: Depart from Yongsan Station (10:08) – Seoul Station (10:15) – Arrive at Imjingang Station (11:24) – Complete identity check (11:32) – Arrive at Dorasan Station and board connection bus (11:43) – Dorasan Peace Park (12:10) – Lunch break at Tongilchon (Unification Village) (13:00) - Dora Observatory (14:00) - The 3rd Tunnel (14:40) – Tour Unification Platform (15:50) - Depart from Dorasan Station (16:27) – Seoul Station (17:47) – Arrive at Yongsan Station (17:54)
  • Fares: Adults (ages 13-64) 36,000 won / Children (ages 12 and younger) 33,000 won / Seniors (ages 65 and older) 34,000 won
  • Reservations
    - Online: www.korailtravel.com/web/goods_view (Korean only)
    - Onsite: Tour package is available from the KORAIL Travel Center at each of the departure stations
    - Foreigners can purchase train tickets from Yongsan Station to Dorasan Station online, but will have to register for the Dorasan Security Tour at Dorasan Station if they wish to travel further.
  • Websites: www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Yeoncheon Dreaming Tour LINK

【 Photo: Typhoon Observatory 】

Typhoon Observatory is located approximately 65km from Seoul and 140km from Pyeongyang. The observatory is just 800m from the Military Demarcation Line and 1,600m from the far–end of the DMZ, making it the closest observatory to North Korea. On clear days, North Korean villagers can sometimes be seen working in the fields.

【 Photo: Herb Village 】

Herb Village in Yeoncheon is an experience-based eco theme park. Spread out over 56,000m2, visitors can take in the Imjingang River as it flows by, and enjoy the fresh scent of herbs with each step through the gardens. Some of the more popular sites include the grand greenhouse and the rainbow garden, featuring hundreds of flowers in a variety of colors.

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  • Address: Buksam-ro 222beon-ji, Wangjang-myeon, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 연천군 왕장면 북삼로 222번지)
  • Operating hours: April 20 – October 31 09:00-21:00 / November 1 – April 19 09:00-19:00 / Open all year round
  • Admission
    April 20 – October 31 Adults & Teenagers 7,000 won / Children 4,000 won
    November 1 – April 19 Adults & Teenagers 4,000 won / Children 3,000 won
  • Website: www.herbvillage.co.kr (Korean only)
  • - Hantangang Dam Water Culture Center

The Hantangang Dam Water Culture Center offers beautiful views of the dam and educates about the importance of water, as well as the history of the area. The museum employs docents all year round, providing visitors with a great source of information!

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  • Address: 902, Gomun-ri, Yeoncheon-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 연천군 연천읍 고문리 902)
  • Operating hours: 10:00-17:00 / Closed Mondays
  • Admission: Free
  • - Jaein Falls

【 Photo: Jaein Falls 】

Jaein Falls, falling into the Hantangang River, is one of Yeoncheon’s seven scenic spots. The falls comes from within a lush forest, bringing with it fresh, clean air. The falls is famous for the black columnar joints the line the cliff tops. Visitors can enjoy Jaein Falls either from the top, by looking down through the glass-bottomed observation deck, or take the stairs down and enjoy the falls from the base.

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  • Address: 193, Bugok-ri, Yeoncheon-eup, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 연천군 연천읍 부곡리 193)
  • Operating hours: May-September full opening / October-April partial opening
  • - Water Service Tower

【 Photo: Water Service Tower 】

This water service tower was built in 1914 for the steam engine train that passed through the area. After the introduction of diesel engine trains in the 1950’s, the water service tower was no longer used. However, it still remains and the bullet marks from the Korean War serve as a reminder of this important part of history.

DMZ Peace Train – Yeoncheon Dreaming Tour
  • Operating days: Wednesday-Sunday, once a day / No trains Monday-Tuesday
  • Tour schedule: Depart from Seoul Station (09:35) – Cheongnyangni Station (10:03) – Uijeongbu Station (10:41) – Dongducheon Station (11:12) – Soyosan Station (11:16) – Arrive at Yeoncheon Station (11:38) – Lunch break at Yeoncheon Station (11:40) – Board connection bus (12:40) – Typhoon Observatory (13:05) - Herb Village (14:10) – Hantangang Dam Water Culture Center (15:40) - Jaein Falls (16:20) - Water Service Tower (17:05) - Depart from Yeoncheon Station (17:19) – Arrive at Seoul Station (19:17)
  • Fares: Adults (ages 13 and older) 35,000 won / Children (ages 12 and younger) 29,000 won
    ※ Listed fares are based on a Seoul Station departure
  • Reservations:
    - Online: www.korailtravel.com/web/goods_view  (Korean only)
    - Onsite: Tour package is available from the KORAIL Travel Center at each of the departure stations
    - Foreigners can purchase train tickets from Seoul Station to Yeoncheon Station online, but will have to register for the Yeoncheon Dreaming Tour at Yeoncheon Station if they wish to travel further.
  • Websites: www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Cheorwon Security Tour

【 Photo: Baengmagoji Battlefield Memorial 】

The Battle of Baengmagoji took place over a period of ten days in the area of Baengmagoji, a small hill reaching only 395m above sea level but serving as an important vantage point for the surrounding area. During the battle, possession of the hill changed hands 24 times, and an estimated 17,535 lives were lost. Baengmagoji Battlefield Memorial is composed of three sections, divided into areas for reflection on the battle, memorials to those who gave their lives, and promises for future peace.

【 Photo: Korean Workers’ Party Headquarters 】

Cheorwon Korean Workers' Party Headquarters was built in the Russian style, as North Korea had strong ties with the Soviet Union. The stairs leading to the front door are marked by the tracks of a South Korean tank and the walls of the building are still scarred with pockmarks from the many bullets and shells. The site became famous after being used as the background for a music video by the popular 90’s group Seo Taiji & Boys.

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  • Address: 3-2, Gwanjeon-ri, Cheorwon-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 철원군 철원읍 관전리 3-2)
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, all year round
  • - Myeolgong Observation Post (OP)

Myeolgong OP is the top observation post in the Cheorwon region. The view from the post includes the Hantancheon Stream and North Koreans living in in Geoncheon-ri Village, along with Oseongsan Mountain and Sniper Ridge, which appeared in the film “The Front Line (2011).” However, as this is still an active military OP, admission may be restricted without warning.

  • - Geumgangsan Train Bridge & DMZ Railroad Path

【 Photo: Geumgangsan Train Bridge 】

Geumggangsan Train Bridge is an old railroad bridge crossing the Hantangang River within the Civilian Control Line. The bridge was part of the nation’s first electric train route, Geumgangsan Line, which traveled from Cheorwon Station to Naegeumgang Station before it was discontinued due to the Korean War. It stands now as a sign of Kore a’s tragic history. Depending on the nearby military base’s situation, visitors can also walk along part of the DMZ Railroad Path after touring the train bridge.

【 Photo: Woljeong-ri Station 】

In the case that Myeolgong OP is closed to the public due to military affairs, the tour will visit Woljeong-ri Station. After the armistice agreement, Woljeong-ri Station became the closest station to the Southern Limit Line. The reality of the division cannot be any clearer than here, where a sign reading "The Iron Horse wants to run" stands before a train rusting at its spot on the tracks. Only the last cars of the train remain, as the front was used by the Northern army during retreat.

DMZ Peace Train – Cheorwon Security Tour
  • Operating days: Wednesday-Sunday, once a day / No trains Monday-Tuesday
  • Tour schedule: Depart from Seoul Station (09:35) – Cheongnyangni Station (10:03) – Uijeongbu Station (10:41) – Dongducheon Station (11:12) – Soyosan Station (11:16) – Arrive at Yeoncheon Station and board connection bus (11:38) – Lunch break at Durumi Village (12:35) – Baengmagoji Battlefield Memorial (13:12) – Korean Workers' Party Headquarters (13:50) – Myeolgong Observation Post (14:35) - Geumgangsan Train Bridge & DMZ Railroad Path (15:10) – Depart from Yeoncheon Station (17:19) – Arrive at Seoul Station (19:17)
  • Fares: Adults (ages 13-64) 45,000 won / Children (ages 12 and younger) 38,000 won / Seniors (ages 65 and older) 45,000 won
    ※ Listed fares are based on a Seoul Station departure
  • Reservations
    - Online: www.korailtravel.com/web/goods_view (Korean only)
    - Onsite: Tour package is available from the KORAIL Travel Center at each of the departure stations
    - Foreigners can purchase train tickets from Seoul Station to Yeoncheon Station online, but will have to register for the Cheorwon Security Tour at Yeoncheon Station if they wish to travel further.
  • Websites: www.letskorail.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Attractions around Imjingak Resort

  • - Attractions around Imjingak Resort

  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
【 Photo: Imjingak Resort 】

Imjingak Resort is a unification and security tour complex comprised of Imjingak and North Korea Center, Unification Park, and several monuments and memorial sites. Pyeonghwa Nuri Park, located next to the resort, also hosts many events, performances, and exhibitions to promote peace and reunification. The most popular attractions within the park are Hill of Music, on a large grassy slope with enough space for 25,000 people, and Pinwheel Park, featuring over 3,000 colorful pinwheels spinning freely in the wind.

Additional attractions worth visiting in the Imjingak Resort area include Imjingak Peace Land, a small amusement park, and the National Memorial Hall of the Korean War Abductees, dedicated to educating the public on the abductions that happened during the Korean War.

  • Pyeonghwa Nuri Park
    - Address: 618-13, Majeong-ri, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 마정리 618-13)
    - Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, all year round
    - Admission: Free
  • Imjingak Peace Land
    - Address: 148-39, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 148-39)
    - Operating hours: April-May, August-October 10:40-18:50 / November-March, June-July 10:40-17:30
    ※ Hours may vary depending on day of the week
    - Fares: Admission ticket 3,500~4,500 won / Ride Pass - Adults 30,000 won, Children 28,000 won
  • National Memorial Hall of the Korean War Abductees
    - Address: 153, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 문산읍 임진각로 153)
    - Operating hours: May-October 09:30-17:30 / November-April 10:00-17:00 / Closed Mondays & public holidays
    - Admission: Free
    ※ Free audio guide rental available (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
  • Korea Railroad Co., (KORAIL)
【 Photo: Odusan Unification Observatory 】

Odusan Unification Observatory is one of the most accessible observatories from Seoul. Located at a summit overlooking the meeting point of the Imjingang and Hangang Rivers, this observatory served as an important strategic facility for soldiers to observe and protect both Gaeseong and Seoul. North Korean land can be seen in detail across the river with the assistance of the binoculars provided.

  • Address: 369, Pilseung-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do (경기도 파주시 탄현면 필승로 369)
  • Operating hours
    March-October: Weekdays 09:00-17:00 / Weekends & public holidays 09:00-18:00
    November-February: Weekdays 09:00-16:30 / Weekends & public holidays 09:00-17:00
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 1,600 won / Children free
  • Website: www.jmd.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

Panmunjom Tours with Panmunjom Travel Center

【 Photo: Joint Security Area (JSA) (Credit: Panmunjom Travel Center) 】

The Panmunjom Travel Center (PTC) provides unique tour opportunities to visit Panumjom. There are many tour agencies offering visits to the infiltration tunnels dug by the North Korean military, but PTC is the only agency to offer visits with North Korean defectors. While listening to their descriptive stories of life in North Korea, visitors will be able to get a better understanding of how far the two Koreas have become divided. Please note that The 3rd Tunnel in Western Front Line tour does not include traveling with a North Korean defector.

【 Photo: Panmunjom 】

Panmunjom and the surrounding Joint Security Area are famous as the only place in the world where North and South Korean leaders meet. It has stood for over half a century as a symbol of the Korean War and a testimony to the conflict and extreme efforts required for reunification. The Panmunjom Travel Center has prepared five tours for international visitors looking to visit the DMZ and Panmunjom.

  • - Premium Panmunjom Tour with a North Korean Defector

This tour program departs from Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero) for Panmunjom at 09:30 every day, excluding days when Panmunjom is closed to tours (Mondays, public holidays, training days, etc.). This tour visits the most volatile of all the security tourist attractions in Korea, and is extremely popular among international visitors. The number of tour passengers is very limited so signing up as early as possible is recommended.

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  • Operating times: 09:30 departure daily, excluding days when Panmunjom is closed to tours (Mondays, public holidays, training days, etc.)
  • Tour schedule: Check in and process passports (09:00-09:30) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (09:30) – Travel to Odusan Unification Observatory via Freedom Highway (09:30-10:30) – Arrive at observatory and meet with North Korean defector (10:30-12:00) – Tour Imjingak Resort (12:20-12:50) – Eat lunch and move to Tongildaegyo Bridge (12:50-14:00) – Check passports at Tongildaegyo Bridge before arriving at Camp Bonifas (14:00-14:30) – Attend slideshow briefing (14:30-15:00) - Tour JSA area (15:00-16:40) – Return to Koreana Hotel in Seoul (16:40-17:30)
    ※ Arrival time in Seoul subject to change depending on traffic situation
  • Tour Fee: 130,000 won
  • Registration: +82-2-771-5593~5, Panmunjom Travel Center, 8F, Koreana Hotel, (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero)
  • Website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    ※ Passengers must submit their name, passport number, nationality, and contact number at least three days before the tour in order to visit Panmunjom.
    ※ Panmunjom tours may be canceled or changed at the last minute depending on circumstances on-site.
  • Inquiries: +82-2-771-5539~5 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Tour guide service is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. However, Japanese and Chinese assistance may be unavailable depending on the number of passengers requesting the language.
  • - Panmunjom & DMZ Combined Tour

This tour program departs from Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero) for Panmunjom at 08:00 every day, excluding days when Panmunjom is closed to tours (Mondays, public holidays, training days, etc.). This program includes both the Joint Security Area and major attractions in the DMZ, such as The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. This tour package is very popular and a great choice when you need to consider affordability but do not want to sacrifice content.

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  • Operating times: 08:00 departure daily, excluding days when Panmunjom is closed to tours (Mondays, public holidays, training days, etc.)
  • Tour schedule: Check in and process passports (07:30-08:00) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (08:00) – Travel to Imjingak Resort via Freedom Highway (08:00-09:30) – Visit The 3rd Tunnel, Dorasan Station & Dora Observatory (09:40-12:30) – Travel to Imjingak Resort (12:40-12:50) – Eat lunch and move to Tongildaegyo Bridge (12:50-14:00) – Check passports at Tongildaegyo Bridge before arriving at Camp Bonifas (14:00-14:30) – Attend slideshow briefing (14:30-15:00) – Tour JSA area (15:00-16:40) – Depart for Koreana Hotel in Seoul (16:40-17:30)
    ※ Arrival time in Seoul subject to change depending on traffic situation
  • Reservations
    - Online: www.korailtravel.com/web/goods_view (Korean only)
    - Onsite: Tour package is available from the KORAIL Travel Center at each of the departure stations
    - Foreigners can purchase train tickets from Seoul Station to Yeoncheon Station online, but will have to register for the Cheorwon Security Tour at Yeoncheon Station if they wish to travel further.
  • Tour Fee: 130,000 won
  • Registration: +82-2-771-5593~5, Panmunjom Travel Center, 8F, Koreana Hotel, (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero)
  • Website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    ※ Passengers must submit their name, passport number, nationality, and contact number at least three days before the tour in order to visit Panmunjom.
    ※ Panmunjom tours may be canceled or changed at the last minute depending on circumstances on-site.
  • Inquiries: +82-2-771-5539~5 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Tour guide service is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. However, Japanese and Chinese assistance may be unavailable depending on the number of passengers requesting the language.
  • - One Korea Special / The 3rd Tunnel

【 Photo: The 3rd Tunnel 】

This tour program aims to provide a clear understanding of the current regime in North Korea, as well as garner support for the sincere efforts to establish peace in the Korean peninsula. The tour includes meeting with a North Korean defector, who can answer all your questions about life in North Korea. However, in the case of less than 15 tour participants, the Q&A time will be replaced with a tour of The 3rd Tunnel.

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  • Tour schedule: Check in and process passports (08:30-09:00) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (09:00) – Travel to Odusan Unification Observatory via Freedom Highway (09:00-10:00) - Meet with North Korean defector at Odusan Unification Observatory (10:00-11:30) – Eat lunch (12:10-13:00) – Tour Imjingak Resort, The 3rd Tunnel, Dorasan Station & Dora Observatory (13:00-16:00) – Depart for Seoul (16:00-17:00)
    ※ Arrival time in Seoul subject to change depending on traffic situation
  • Tour Fee: 85,000 won
  • Registration: +82-2-771-5593~5, Panmunjom Travel Center, 8F, Koreana Hotel, (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero)
  • Website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Inquiries: +82-2-771-5539~5 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Tour guide service is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. However, Japanese and Chinese assistance may be unavailable depending on the number of passengers requesting the language.
  • - One Korea Baekhak / The 1st Tunnel

The goal of this program is to allow participants a close look at the life of residents living near the border. Visitors can learn about the security system in place while also feeling the desires of the residents for peace. This program includes traveling with a local resident, as well as visiting The 1st Tunnel, an area previously restricted.

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  • Tour schedule: Check in and process passports (08:15-08:30) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (08:30) – Travel to Baekhak Township Office via Freedom Highway (08:30-10:00) – Attend briefing and watch video about the border area, followed by special Q&A time with a North Korean defector and performance by North Korean defectors (10:00-11:30) – Eat lunch (11:30-12:30) – Border village tour & experience program guided by local resident (12:30-13:30) – Tour The 1st Tunnel, attend briefing with a soldier & take commemorative photograph (14:00-15:00) – Visit Gyeongsunwangneung Royal Tomb (15:30-16:00) – Depart for Seoul (16:30-17:30)
    ※ Arrival time in Seoul subject to change depending on traffic situation
    ※ Schedule is subject to change depending on circumstances on-site.
  • Tour Fee: 85,000 won
  • Registration: +82-2-771-5593~5, Panmunjom Travel Center, 8F, Koreana Hotel, (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero)
  • Website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Inquiries: +82-2-771-5539~5 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Tour guide service is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. However, Japanese and Chinese assistance may be unavailable depending on the number of passengers requesting the language.
  • - The 3rd Tunnel in Western Front Line

This tour program departs from Koreana Hotel (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero) twice daily at 08:00 and 11:00, excluding Mondays. Passengers can enter the infiltration tunnel for first-hand experience. This tour in particular crosses over the Civilian Control Line up to the southern boundary line of the DMZ, allowing visitors to truly feel the confrontation that took place at the cease-fire line.

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  • Tour schedule 1: Check in and process passports (07:30-08:00) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (08:00) – Travel to Imjingak Resort (08:00-09:00) - Tour The 3rd Tunnel, Dora Observatory & Dorasan Station (09:40-12:00) – Eat lunch (12:00-13:00) – Depart for Seoul (13:00-14:00)
  • Tour schedule 2: Check in and process passports (10:30-11:00) – Depart from Koreana Hotel (11:00) – Travel to Imjingak Resort and tour (11:00-12:10) – Tour The 3rd Tunnel, Dora Observatory & Dorasan Station (13:00-14:50) – Depart for Seoul via Freedom Highway (14:50-15:40)
    ※ Arrival time in Seoul subject to change depending on traffic situation
    ※ Tour schedule 1 lunch subject to change; lunch not included in tour schedule 2
    ※ Passengers are urged to arrive early to cut down on wait time
    ※ Passengers can select one of the tour courses when making a reservation
  • Tour Fee: 65,000 won
  • Registration: +82-2-771-5593~5, Panmunjom Travel Center, 8F, Koreana Hotel, (Gwanghwamun Station, Sejong-daero)
  • Website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Inquiries: +82-2-771-5539~5 (Korean, English, Japanese)
    ※ Tour guide service is available in Korean, English, Japanese, and Chinese. However, Japanese and Chinese assistance may be unavailable depending on the number of passengers requesting the language.
    ※ This tour does not include traveling with a North Korean defector.

Attractions in Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do

【 Photo: Yanggu Unification Hall 】

Yanggu Unification Hall displays items and photographs from daily life in North Korea. The hall was founded to serve as an educational center to help with the unification process. Visitors can also purchase North Korean items and unification souvenirs.

【 Photo: Eulji Observatory 】

Eulji Observatory is located approximately 1km south of the Military Demarcation Line (MDL). The view from the observation deck includes five peaks of Geumgangsan Mountain in North Korea, known to be one of the most beautiful mountains on the Korean peninsula. The observatory is also considered one of the best places to view Punch Bowl basin, shrouded in mist.

【 Photo: Yanggu War Memorial Hall 】

Yanggu is home to some of the fiercest battlegrounds from the Korea War. To commemorate the battle and the lives lost, the Yanggu War Memorial Museum was built. The exhibition hall displays over 500 weapons and other items from the war. The museum also features a corner showcasing testimonies from survivors, giving a glimpse into how life was during the war.

【 Photo: The 4th Tunnel 】

In 1990, the fourth infiltration tunnel dug by the North Korean Army was discovered. Visitors can enter the tunnel only as far as 100m from the DMZ, where a blockade has been placed to close the tunnel. At the entrance to the tunnel is a security education center, which displays rusty canteens and helmets among other paraphernalia belonging to North Korean soldiers during the war.

  • Yanggu Unification Hall
    - Address: 35, Haeanseohwa-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양구군 해안면 해안서화로 35)
  • Eulji Observatory
    - Address: 540, Jeonmangdae-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양구군 해안면 전망대로 540)
  • Yanggu War Memorial Hall
    - Address: 35, Haeanseohwa-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양구군 해안면 해안서화로 35)
  • The 4th Tunnel
    - Address: 454, Ttanggul-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 양구군 해안면 땅굴로 454)
  • Package Tour
  • Contents: Yanggu Unification Hall, Yanggu War Memorial Hall, Eulji Observatory, and The 4th Tunnel are only accessible as part of a packaged tour. Visitors must register at Yanggu Unification Hall by 15:30 (14:30 in winter).
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
  • Admission: Adults & Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    ※ Above fare includes admission to all four sites
  • Notice: The tour takes place within a military area, so all visitors must travel within a vehicle (personal or tour bus). Traveling by foot, bicycle, or motorcycle is prohibited.

Attractions in Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do

【 Photo: Unification Observatory 】

Goseong Unification Observatory is the northernmost viewing post in Korea. Every year, over 1.5 million people visit. Visitors can use the binoculars available on the second floor observation deck of Unification Hall to see North Korea. On clear days, you may also catch a glimpse of North Korean citizens going about their daily lives. In addition, the 6.25 Experience Hall within the observatory allows visitors to re-imagine the lives of people during the water, through exhibitions in the War Experience Room, Planned Exhibition Room, Photo Exhibition Hall, and more.

  • Address: 481, Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 고성군 현내면 금강산로 481)
  • Operating hours: March 1 – July 14, August 21 – October 31 09:00-16:20 / July 15 – August 20 09:00-17:30 / November 1 – February 28 09:00-15:50 / Open all year round
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children (elementary-high school), Seniors (ages 65 and older) 1,600 / Preschoolers free
  • Entrance
    - Sign-up at Unification and Security Park.
    - Attend Security Education (8min. video).
    - Using personal car, travel as a group to Unification Observatory (departs every 30 minutes; individual travel prohibited).
    - Motorcycles are permitted following the same rules for personal cars.
    - When passing the Civilian Control Line, all vehicles must stop for inspection, register for entrance, and place the approved pass in the front window.
    - 6.25 Experience Hall operates under the same hours as Unification Observatory.
  • Website: www.tongiltour.co.kr  (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
【 Photo: DMZ Museum 】

DMZ Museum is comprised of four themed-exhibition halls, in addition to auxiliary buildings including a special exhibition center, theater, and other convenience facilities. The museum teaches visitors everything there is to know about the DMZ, from its historical background to reports on the area's future ecological importance and cultural value. Visit the theater to learn more about the Korean War and its aftermath through 3D documentary films.

  • Address: 369, Tongiljeonmangdae-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 고성군 현내면 통일전망대로 369)
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
  • Admission: Free
    ※ Visitors must pay for admission to Goseong Unification Observatory in order to access the museum.
  • Entrance: Visitors must stop at the Unification and Security Park to sign up for admission. After completing a short security education, pay for admission to Unification Observatory. (Admission to only DMZ Museum not allowed)
  • Website: www.dmzmuseum.com (Korean, English)

Hwajinpo is a lagoon, a rarely seen ecological feature in Korea. This ocean-formed lake is home to reeds and is visited by thousands of migratory birds. Surrounding the lake is a forest of hundred-year-old pine trees. Located within this beauty is Hwajinpo History & Security Museum. Here, people can learn more about Korea's history and security education, covering over 50 years of modern history.

  • Address: 300-1, Hwajinpo-gil, Geojin-eup, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do (강원도 고성군 거진읍 화진포길 300-1)
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:30 / Last admission 1 hour before closing / Open all year round
    ※ Extended hours (09:00-19:00) applied during summer beach opening season (mid-July – mid-August)
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 2,300 won
More Info
  • Websites
    - Gyeonggi-do DMZ: dmz.gg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Vietnamese)
    Cheorwon-gun Culture & Tourism: tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Yanggu-gun Culture & Tourism: www.ygtour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Hwacheon-gun Culture & Tourism: tour.ihc.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    Goseong-gun Culture & Tourism: tour.gwgs.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Notices for traveling within the DMZ area
    - Visitors must carry their passport or other valid form of identification at all times within the DMZ area.
    - Panmunjom is only open to visitors traveling with approved tour agencies.
  • Tour agencies offering DMZ trips to foreign visitors
    - International Cultural Service Club: www.tourdmz.com (Korean, English, Japanese)
    - Joongang Express: www.jsatour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    - Panmunjom Travel Center: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    - DMZ Tour Korea: www.dmztourkorea.com(Korean, English)
    - Fantastic Tour: www.nicetours.co.kr (Korean, English, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Malay)