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Visit to DMZ/JSA North Korean Border

Just wondering if anyone has visited the DMZ/JSA on a day trip from Seoul
8 years ago, May 9th 2012 No: 1 Msg: #156008  

I'm going to be in South Korea for around 3 weeks in October and have been looking at taking a trip from Seoul to the DMZ/JSA on the North Korean border.

I'm obviously aware of the tensions between the 2 countries and the history between them. I was just wondering if anyone here on Travelblog has ever visited this site. Personally i feel it's something different and that not a lot of people would do, which also makes it more attractive.


Dan Reply to this

8 years ago, May 9th 2012 No: 2 Msg: #156011  
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I did several years ago. I highly recommend it. It was jam packed though, so don't count too much on it being off the beaten path. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 9th 2012 No: 3 Msg: #156016  
I've done this from both the Southern side and the Northern side and it is highly recommended. You will need to book in advance to undertake the tour, so contact Koridoor, who operate tours on behalf of the USO in Seoul. Be aware of the dress code before you travel.

There are other places you can visit the border, but they cannot be reached in a day trip from Seoul.

My experience is contained within my blog, Tirelessly Repelling the Red Menace. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 13th 2012 No: 4 Msg: #156115  
Can this be booked with only a couple days notice from Seoul or does it need to be booked further in advance of this?

I'm suprised soo many people do it but i'm glad to hear that it comes highly recommended 😊 Reply to this

8 years ago, May 13th 2012 No: 5 Msg: #156116  
On the day of my visit, the weekend tour was fully booked, but not sure how late others in the group reserved a place. I made my reservation and payment more than a month in advance and on the sheet of attendees my name appeared to be one of their earliest confirmations. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 15th 2012 No: 6 Msg: #156234  
I'll have concrete days within a few weeks of being there so i shall take your advice and pre-book it just to make sure. I'm only in Seoul for 5/6 days so i think it'd make sense to book it and not miss out.

Cheers Shane Reply to this

8 years ago, May 15th 2012 No: 7 Msg: #156244  
That is a good idea. The tours don't run every day and by giving Koridoor options as to the days you are available, it will greatly increase your chances of securing a place. For example, there was no tour on the day I requested, so I was offered an alternate day instead. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 19th 2012 No: 8 Msg: #156389  
Right ok. Thanks for that Shane. Much appreciated Reply to this

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