Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tours

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)【 Photo: DMZ Exhibition Hall outside Third Infiltration Tunnel 】

Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) Tourism

The Korean peninsula is home to a single nation of people with the same language and ethnicity, divided into two countries. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a buffer zone, which was established on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. The DMZ vividly captures the scars and wounds of the Korean War as well as the wishes and hopes for the future.

South and North Koreas drew a truce line across the Korean Peninsula, from the mouth of the Imjingang River in the east, to the town of Goseong in the west. On either side of the truce line is a 2km-wide stretch of land where military activity is forbidden. The zone has been protected from human disturbance for about 6 decades and has unintentionally become a haven for wildlife. The destinations in this ecological area have been regaining popularity among eco-driven tourists. The following information will introduce the major attractions along the DMZ and related package tours to the nearby regions.

Tips & reminders for DMZ tourists
The Demilitarized Zone (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. Thus, to make the most out of your limited time, it is advised to make a plan in advance for which region you are most interested in visiting. After choosing one area, it will be much easier for you to look around the nearby attractions, centering on and around your choice of DMZ destination. Many regions have special Security Tourism programs available, which include admission to the DMZ attractions in the area.

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.

Major DMZ tourist destinations in Gyeonggi-do

  • DMZ Major Destinations 【 Photo: Imjingak Nuri Peace Park
    (Credit: Paju Culture & Tourism) 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations 【 Photo: The Third Tunnel
    (Credit: Paju Culture & Tourism) 】

Established in 1972 immediately after the declaration of the joint South-North armistice, Imjingak Resort exhibits various relics and monuments related to the Korean War and subsequent South-North confrontations. Nuri Peace Park located nearby is a large park that can accommodate up to 25,000 tourists. The park is most widely known for the 3,000 pinwheels on display, but also features a variety of sculpted artworks. Visitors can enjoy performances on the hill.

  • Address: 148-53, Imjingak-ro, Munsan-eup, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, all year round
  • Admission: Free

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 a prime example of the South-North confrontation and has become an all inclusive tourist attraction, with a DMZ video hall, representative sculptures, gift shops and more.

  • Address: 210-358, Je3ttanggul-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: 09:20-15:30 (Weekdays & winter 09:20-15:00)
    ※ Closed Mondays and public holidays
  • Admission: Adults 12,200 won / Teenagers & Children 9,500 won
    ※ The fees above are DMZ Package Tour fees that include admission to Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Unification Village Museum and fare for monorail ride and shuttle bus service.
  • Access: Tourists are required to apply and register for the DMZ Tour Program to visit The Third Tunnel. Tours will not operate in the case of less than 30 applicants.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Dorasan Station 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Panmunjeom
    (Credit: Paju Culture & Tourism) 】

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. From the station, visitors can view Dorasan Mountain and the barbed wire fences of the Southern Limit Line. However, the station is located in the zone that strictly restricts general civilian access, so visitors must register in advance at Imjingang Station.

  • Address: 307, Huimang-ro, Jangdan-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: Sunrise-sunset ※ Exact time will vary by season
  • Admission: Adults 12,200 won / Children 9,500 won
    ※ The fees above are DMZ Package Tour fees that include admission to Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, Unification Village Museum and fare for monorail ride and shuttle bus service.

Panmunjeom is located at the site of the former village of Neolmun-ri, near the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) in Jinseo-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do, Panmunjeom. As the venue for the Military Armistice Conference held in October 1951, the name was changed to the current Panmunjeom. It is more widely known as the Joint Security Area (JSA), where blue and white huts are administrated by the United Nations Military and North Korean military respectively.

  • Address: Area of Eoryong-ri, Jinseo-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: Tuesday-Saturday, 3 tours per day (09:45, 13:15, 15:15)
    ※ Weekdays November-March, two tours per day
    ※ Closed Sundays, Mondays, and public holidays
    ※ Panmunjeom is only accessible via tour package from approved travel agencies. Please check the schedules and fees of each agency.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Odusan Unification Observatory 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: North Korea viewed from Yeolsoe
    Observatory (Credit: Yeoncheon-gun Office) 】

A venue for education on security matters, Unification Hill is situated where the Hangang River and the Imjingang River meet. At Odusan Unification Observatory, you can also observe the daily lives of North Koreans.

  • Address: 369, Pilseung-ro, Tanhyeon-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: November-February 09:00-16:30 / March-October 09:00-17:00
    ※ Hours extended 30 minutes on Saturdays, Sundays, and public holidays
    ※ Closed Mondays (Open in the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday)
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers 1,600 won / Children (including kindergartners) free
  • Website: www.jmd.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

This observatory was built for North Korean defectors and people who were forced to be separated from their families during the war. On exhibit inside of the observatory are daily household goods and military equipment from North Korea, allowing visitors to get an indirect experience of the North. The observatory building's fence is dotted with notes from visitors wishing for the Koreas' reunification. The observation deck provides glimpses into North Korean land, but visitors are reminded that photography is prohibited here.

  • Address: 1375-1, Dongnae-ro, Sinseo-myeon, Yeoncheon-gun, Gyeonggi-do
  • Operating hours: 09:00-16:00
    ※ Closed Tuesdays and during lunch hour (12:00-13:00)
  • Admission: free

Major DMZ tourist destinations in Gangwon-do

  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: The Second Tunnel 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Cheorwon Peace Observatory 】

This infiltration tunnel dug by the North Korean army, the second of its kind, was discovered in 1975. With a height and width of 2 meters each, up to 30,000 soldiers could pass through in one hour in addition to tanks, allowing for a large-scale penetration of the nation's defensive line. Inside the cave is a large holding chamber where the troops could gather, with the path splitting into three exits.

  • Address: 1484, Durumi-ro, Dongsong-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 / November-February 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00
    ※ Hours listed apply to Goseokjeong departures. Tours will also depart from Baengmagoji Station at 10:40 and 13:30.
    ※ Closed Tuesdays, Children's Day (May 5), day of DMZ Peace Marathon Competition (planned in September), New Year's Day (January 1), and Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays
  • Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
    ※ The fees above are Security Tour Package fees that include admission to The Second Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, and Woljeong-ri Station. Shuttle bus fare (8,000 won) charged separately.
  • Access: The Second Tunnel can be accessed only by joining a security tour packaged program (departures from Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station). Visitors are required to apply and register in advance at the Tourism Information Center of Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station.
    ※ A shuttle bus operates on weekends; visitors must travel by personal car on weekdays.

Cheorwon Peace Observatory offers a view of the surrounding area and the DMZ, as well as a look into North Korea. The floor below the observation deck features a permanent exhibition displaying photographs of The Second Tunnel, soldiers' barracks, and checkpoints along the DMZ. The observatory can easily be accessed, thanks to the monorail that can carry up to 50 people per trip.

  • Address: 588-14, Junggang-ri Dongsong-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 / November-February 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00
    ※ Hours listed apply to Goseokjeong departures. Tours will also depart from Baengmagoji Station at 10:40 and 13:30.
    ※ Closed Tuesdays, Children's Day (May 5), day of DMZ Peace Marathon Competition (planned in September), New Year's Day (January 1), and Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays
  • Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won (* Monorail fare charged separately)
    ※ The fees above are Security Tour Package fees that include admission to The Second Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, and Woljeong-ri Station. Shuttle bus fare (8,000 won) charged separately.
  • Access: Cheorwon Peace Observatory can be accessed only by joining a security tour packaged program (departures from Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station). Visitors are required to apply and register in advance at the Tourism Information Center of Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station.
    ※ A shuttle bus operates on weekends; visitors must travel by personal car on weekdays.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Cheorwon Korean
    Workers’ Party Headquarters 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Woljeong-ri Station
    (Credit: Cheorwon-gun Office) 】

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.

  • Address: 1882, Durumi-ro, Cheorwon-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:30 / November-February 09:30, 10:30, 13:00, 14:00
    ※ Hours listed apply to Goseokjeong departures. Tours will also depart from Baengmagoji Station at 10:40 and 13:30.
    ※ Closed Tuesdays, Children's Day (May 5), day of DMZ Peace Marathon Competition (planned in September), New Year's Day (January 1), and Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays
  • Admission: Adults 4,000 won / Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 2,000 won
    ※ The fees above are Security Tour Package fees that include admission to The Second Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, and Woljeong-ri Station. Shuttle bus fare (8,000 won) charged separately.
  • Access: Woljeong-ri Station can be accessed only by joining a security tour packaged program (departures from Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station). Visitors are required to apply and register in advance at the Tourism Information Center of Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station.
    ※ A shuttle bus operates on weekends; visitors must travel by personal car on weekdays.

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. In contrast to this image of the war, the back garden bursts with Rose of Sharon trees, the national flower. The site became famous after being used as the background for a music video by the popular 90’s group Seo Taiji & Boys.

  • Address: 265, Geumgangsan-ro, Cheorwon-eup, Cheorwon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day
    ※ Closed Mondays, Children's Day (May 5), New Year's Day (January 1), and Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day) holidays. No trains run on scheduled maintenance days.
  • Admission: free
  • Access: Travelers can more easily access Cheorwon Korean Workers' Party Headquarters by joining the DMZ Train packaged tour program. Tickets can be purchased through the Korail website as well as on-site at the departure station.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Yanggu Unification Hall 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: The Fourth Tunnel (Credit: Yanggu-gun Office) 】

The name of Seungilgyo Bridge was known to be a portmanteau of the two leaders of Korea at the time of the war, Syngman Rhee and Kim Il-sung, but it was actually named after a soldier who died in the war. The bridge is unique in that it was jointly built by both nations. The bridge was started during the war, in what was North Korean land. However, after the Armistice Agreement, the land was given to South Korea, who then finished building the bridge.

  • Address: 35, Haeanseohwa-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    ※ Closed Mondays (the following business day in the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday), New Year’s Day (January 1), and the mornings of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Admission: free

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.

  • Address: 454, Ttanggul-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    ※ Closed Mondays (the following business day in the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday), New Year’s Day (January 1), and the mornings of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Admission (Package ticket): Adults & Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    ※ The fees above include admission to Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, and Yanggu War Memorial Museum.
  • Access: The Fourth Tunnel can be accessed only by purchasing a packaged tour (Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, Yanggu War Memorial Museum) in advance at Yanggu Unification Hall.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Eulji Observatory 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Yanggu War Memorial Museum 】

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.

  • Address: 35, Haeanseohwa-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    ※ Closed Mondays (the following business day in the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday), New Year’s Day (January 1), and the mornings of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Admission (Package ticket): Adults & Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    ※ The fees above include admission to Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, and Yanggu War Memorial Museum.
  • Access: Yanggu War Memorial Museum can be accessed only by purchasing a packaged tour (Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, Yanggu War Memorial Museum) in advance at Yanggu Unification Hall.

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.

  • Address: 540, Jeonmandae-ro, Haean-myeon, Yanggu-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    ※ Closed Mondays (the following business day in the case of a public holiday falling on a Monday), New Year’s Day (January 1), and the mornings of Seollal (Lunar New Year’s Day) & Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving Day)
  • Admission (Package ticket): Adults & Teenagers 3,000 won / Children 1,500 won
    ※ The fees above include admission to Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, and Yanggu War Memorial Museum.
  • Access: Eulji Observatory can be accessed only by purchasing a packaged tour (Eulji Observatory, The Fourth Tunnel, Yanggu War Memorial Museum) in advance at Yanggu Unification Hall.
    ※ Admission is restricted during heavy rain and thunderstorms. Please check in advance.
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Peace Dam 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: DMZ Museum 】

Peace Dam is located in an ideal spot for unification and security tour packages, with nearby attractions including The Iron Triangle of Cheorwon, Punch Bowl basin in Yanggu, and Goseong Unification Observatory. Following the construction of Geumgangsan Dam in North Korea, Peace Dam was able to be completed with the help of public donations. After enjoying the view from the dam, try visiting nearby landmarks and other historic sites, such as Bimok Park, Paroho History Museum, Bisugumi Valley and more.

  • Address: 667, Hoeum-ro, Hwacheon-eup, Hwacheon-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Operating hours: Open 24 hours a day, all year round
    ※ Water Culture Center is open 09:00-18:00
  • Admission: free

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
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:00
    ※ Closed Mondays & New Year’s Day (January 1)
  • Admission: Adults 2,000 won / Teenagers 1,400 won / Children 1,000 won
    ※ The fees above do not include admission to Unification Observatory. Visitors must purchase tickets for Unification Observatory in order to enter DMZ Museum.
  • Access: DMZ Museum can only be accessed through Unification Observatory. Visitors must register at Unification and Security Park and attend a security education lesson before visiting.
  • Website: www.dmzmuseum.com (Korean, English)
  • DMZ Major Destinations 【 Photo: View of Haegeumgang from
    Unification Observatory
    (Credit: Goseong-gun Office) 】
  • DMZ Major Destinations【 Photo: Hwajinpo History &
    Security Museum
    (Credit: Goseong-gun Office) 】

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 to see North Korea. On clear days, you may also catch a glimpse of North Korean citizens going about their daily lives. Replicas of weapons and other war supplies used during the Korean War are displayed on the first floor, while the second floor features everyday items used by North Korean people.

  • Address: 481, Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Address: 481, Geumgangsan-ro, Hyeonnae-myeon, Goseong-gun, Gangwon-do
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 1,500 won
  • Access: Unification Observatory is accessible after registering for admittance at Unification and Security Park and completing security training. Visitors must arrive before the last admission in order to enter the observatory.
  • Website: www.tongiltour.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

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
  • Operating hours: March-October 09:00-18:00 / November-February 09:00-17:30 / Open all year round
  • Admission: Adults 3,000 won / Teenagers & Children 2,300 won
More Info
  • Gyeonggi-do DMZ website: dmz.gg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Cheorwon Culture & Tourism website: tour.cwg.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Yanggu Culture & Tourism website: www.ygtour.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Hwacheon Culture & Tourism website: tour.ihc.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Goseong Culture & Tourism website: www.gwgs.go.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • Notes before embarking on a DMZ tour
    - Visitors must carry their identification and/or passport at all times within the DMZ
    - Visitors can access The Third Tunnel and Dorasan Station by showing identification and purchasing tickets from the ticket booth of Imjingak Resort.
    - Visitors can only access Panmunjeom by joining a DMZ packaged tour provided by approved travel agencies.
    - Visitors can access The Second Tunnel, Cheorwon Peace Observatory, and Woljeong-ri Station by joining a Security Tour packaged program (Register at the Tourism Information Center at the departure points of Goseokjeong or Baengmagoji Station).
    - Visitors can access The Fourth Tunnel, Yanggu War Memorial Museum, and Eulji Observatory by purchasing a packaged admission ticket (Register at Yanggu Unification Hall).
    - Visitors can access the DMZ Museum and Goseong Unification Observatory by registering at Unification and Security Park.
  • Travel agencies providing DMZ tour reservations for international visitors
    - International Cultural Service Club website: www.tourdmz.com (Korean, English, Japanese)
    - Korea Travel Bureau Inc. website: www.go2korea.co.kr (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    - Joongang Express Tour website: jsatour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
    - Panmunjeom Travel Center website: www.koreadmztour.com (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)
  • 1330 Korea Travel Hotline: +82-2-1330 (Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese)

This page was last updated on August 22, 2017, and therefore information may differ from what is presented here.