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Reviewed 26 June 2019

This is a must visit when you are in South Korea. One should ;plan the visit (including driving time from and to Seoul and lunch to take somewhat over a half day. See as much of the area as you can (it helps to have a guide). Unless you are claustrophobic, take the walk through Tunnel Three; visit the train station linking South and North Korea. It was built in anticipation of unification. it is large mostly empty, but awaiting the future. Walk to the Dorasan Station Observatory--check out the exhibits and use the telescopes to peer into North Korea. The area can get quite crowded, so it is best if you start early. .

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 26 June 2019 via mobile

Interesting Journey from Seoul entering DMZ (DeMilitarized Zone) with highlights on Unification.

The Story started hundred years ago that China (War of Ching Dynasty & Japan 1894-95) lost the battle with Japan and failed to protect Korea being invaded and colonized by Japan on 1910.8.29-1945.8.15。

1945.8.15 Japanese surrendered to the Americans and Soviets on Korea Peninsula and since then Korea Peninsula had been taken over by the Two Super Powers with demarcation along Imjingang River ( Now where the Imjingak Station of South Korea established) . South Koreans favoured Americans and declared independence as Republic of Korea 1948.8.15. North Koreans favoured the Russians and established The People's republic of Korea thereafter on 9.9.1948。

In 1950-53, during the Korean's Civil War , this piece of land we now touring was a complete disaster. In the first four battles 1950-51, Seoul was changed hands FOUR times. Everything was destroyed by War from Dorasan in the North to Incheon & Seoul in the South including the Gyeongbukgung that we love to visit.

Since the Joint Communique of 1971, Imjingak was rebuilt and the DMZ now we approaching was born.

Points of interest at DMZ are:

Imjingak river and view point
Dorasan Train Station
Filtration Tunnel
Dorasan Hill Observatory
Panmumjeon(since Oct 2018)
Haemaruchon (restricted for 60 years) conservation
Tongilchon (unification Village)
Tomb of Heo Joon (1539-1615) famous Chosun Doctor

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 23 June 2019

Learned a lot from Korean History through an in-depth immersion at the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The theatre, exhibition, and tunnel is a must-experience. This will make you appreciate ROK more. It will take a lot of walking so best to wear comfortable shoes. Enjoy! :)

Date of experience: June 2019
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Reviewed 18 June 2019

It is required if visiting the DMZ that you are part of a tour. Also need to bring your passport and be dressed decently. Our bus met at the President's Hotel in Seoul which is only 30 miles from the border. The DMZ was created after the Korean War in 1953 and is the world's most heavily militarized border. The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel was discovered in 1978 and ran under the DMZ from North Korea and would have been capable of an invasion of 30,000 troops into Seoul in an hour had it been completed. It is one of 4 known tunnels. It is a long steep descent 240 feet underground and altho I tried to keep my head down and crouched over I kept hitting my hard hat on the low ceiling of the tunnel. When we reached the concrete barriers blocking off North Korea we knew we had to come back up and out. At the train station we got a symbolic ticket and a visa stamp. These railroad tracks lie in wait for unification. We had hoped to be allowed into the JSA (Joint Security Area) but it was a no go at this time. This is where South Korea's President Moon-Jae shook hands with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in April of 2018. That gesture brought so much hope yet they still are so far apart. Following that day however the propoganda speakers were turned off. North Korea's leader tells the people that they are poor because of the United States. Lastly we went to the Mt Dora Observatory and had the surreal experience of using telescopes to peer into North Korea. It didn't feel scary to be in this area and although I took a couple of photos, one cannot overlook the seriousness of the situation as it is always in the news. The cleanest air in South Korea is up near the border so there are rice paddy fields and ginseng is grown here too.
My tour was with Cosmojin that I booked thru Viator and we had a North Korean defector on board the bus with us. The tour bus made a stop at an amethyst shop which was just a waste of time. I wish tour companies would stop doing these kind of stops.
Overall I was happy with the tour and very glad I had this travel experience.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Reviewed 16 June 2019 via mobile

We booked about a month in advance with VIP travel who were excellent. Our English speaking tour guide was excellent and very knowledgable. We met at a hotel and took their air conned coach to the DMZ. You have to provide your passport several times. Here you can visit (and should visit) - Dora observatory, third tunnel, park and the train station.
We went for lunch near by which was great.
From there we went to the JSA which was fascinating.
Really recommend going here - it was just incredible and we learnt so much history.

Date of experience: June 2019
Thank Lottelli
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