JSA+DMZ Tour

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Foreigners favorites! The only Separated Nation left in the world the DMZ/JSA is a must see attraction.

[ ITINERARY ]

Pick up Place → The Unification Bridge → ID Check → Slideshow and briefing at Camp Bonifas → Joint Security Area → Freedom House → Military Armistice Commission Conference Room → UN Guard Post 3 → Bridge of No Return → Imjingak Park → Lunch(Bibimbap) → Imjingak Park → The Unification Bridge → ID Check → DMZ theater and exhibition hall → The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Amethyst Center → Drop off at Itaewon

[MINIMUM]  1 Person

[TIME]  08:00 ~17:00

[INCLUSION]  Guide, Transportation, Admission Fee, Lunch, Hotel Pick up Service (in Seoul)

[PICK UP]

1. Tour ends at Itaewon. (Drop-off service back to your hotel in central of Seoul is an additional charge of KRW 10,000 per person)
2. Pick-up service may be delayed due to traffic.

[NOTICE]

1. Passport is required!
2. JSA Tour is closed on Sundays, Mondays and National Holidays.
3. Tour must be reserved and Passport Numbers received at least 72 hours in advance.
4. Please check the restricted countries for this tour below. A copy (colored) of passport's front page should be submitted at least 72 hours in advance.
5. Tour route and schedule are subjected to change without notice whenever there is official request from UNC.
6. If there's an unannounced military training or official event, the tour may be cancelled on the day of the tour with short notice.
7. Children under 10 years are not allowed. He or she must be over 11 years old from his or her birthday.
8. Casual clothes such as jeans and sandals (slippers) are not permitted in the tour area. Shaggy or unkempt hair is not allowed either.
9. Any equipment microphones or flags belonging to the communist side in the MAC conference room are NOT TO BE TOUCHED.
10. Guests with physical disabilities, in a wheelchair, or crutches cannot enter the JSA.
11. For your safety, stay with the group and follow the directions of the guide during a group tour.
12. Cosmojin cannot take responsibility for any injuries or losses incurred while on tour.
13. When it is closed in case of some special situation.DMZ will be replaced by plan B non-refundable(Heavy rain or snow, military training)
* Plan B: Tomorrow's Whistle-Bunker Beat 131-Odusan Unification Tower-The War memorial of Korea

 

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Description

Tour Course Information

[ JSA+DMZ Tour(Sat) ]

DMZ includes JSA as a small piece of its dominion. The two zones are indivisible because the entire DMZ was created under the truce agreement signed at JSA in 1953. Logically, the DMZ tour should contain a visit to the JSA. But, the JSA tour has been operating as a split one just for the convenience of travelers who are not available for an entire day tour. So, you are advised to have the combined package of DMZ tour and JSA tour.
– The combined tour offers you the comprehensive picture of the Korean War.
– The DMZ tour shows you historical objects of the battlefields, while the JSA tour focuses on the governmental engagement between the two sides of the truce arrangement.
– The combined tour can offer you a complete discernment of the North and South relations in just one day.

Highlight of DMZ tour
The highlight of the DMZ tour is to travel over a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was found by the South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence the name “The Third Tunnel”. It is an unusual knowledge to discover a 1,635 meter tunnel at the depth of 73 meters underground. The percolation tunnel was made by unsafe manual excavation work with dynamites, shovels and pick choppers. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from JSA, where the officials of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunion.
What can you expect from the tour? Real histories of Korean War, an impartial perspective on the governmental announcement of Communism and Capitalism, and a new paradigm of the North/South Korean connection.

Highlight of JSA tour
If you are going to inspect the actual conflict of two Koreas, visit the conference row of JSA and go in the central room of the seven conference buildings. You can even step over the partition line which is distinguished in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three (GP 3) outside of the conference room, you would discover yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take pictures of the northern mountains and villages in the near distance. You will finally move by the focal point of the cruelest case of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident” of 1976. Two officers of US army were axed to death under an enormous popular tree.
Visit JSA and face in person the longest bitter conflict of the world, history, yet going on in the conference auditorium.
Click here now if you want to join a trip for DMZ and JSA

 

Course

[The Unification Bridge]
The bridge is more like a symbolic bridge built back in 1998, wishing unification between two Koreas.
It was built by Hyundai Business Group of South Korea. Underneath the bridge you can see a river which is called Imjingang, coming down from North Korea. The bridge also has a nickname which is the “Cow Bridge”. The founder of Hyundai whose name was Jung Juyoung crossed this bridge and went to North Korea back in 1998 with precisely 1,001 cows. Since then, we have been calling it the cow bridge. Of course all the cows he took with him were part of humanitarian donations for North Korean people.

 

[ID Check]
If you look outside, you can see some soldiers wearing a green color camouflage uniform. They are South Korean soldiers or ROK soldiers currently serving their mandatory military service for 21 months. All men in South Korea have to serve the military mandatorily for 21 months, but it’s not required for women. I also served for 26 months a long time ago right after college, and it was longer than right now. Military service is getting shorter and shorter. However, the situation is a lot more terrible in North Korea. First of all, it’s mandatory for both genders, men and women. Men have to serve for 10 years while women serve for 7 years, but this is just for normal kinds of soldiers. For a special forces like Marine Corps and Airborne, they have to serve for 13 years.

 

[Slideshow and briefing at Camp Bonifas]
Republic of Korea and United States Forces Korea soldiers conduct the United Nations Command DMZ Orientation Program tours of the JSA and surrounding areas.

Camp Bonifas is the command post of the United Nions Forces inside of Panmoonjeom.
At this location, solders who are in charge, boards the bus and examines your attire and identification once more.
At the JSA national security center inside of the Camp Bonifas, they give a briefing about the Panmoonjeom visitation.
There is a golf course called Par 3 One Hall Gold Course made of artificial turf inside of the Camp Bonifas. It is called ‘the most dangerous golf course’ because surrounded around the three sides of the club are minefields.

 

[Joint Security Area]
Buffering hostilities from the north and south, the heavily guarded premises of Panmunjeom are located in the middle of the demilitarized zone (DMZ) and remain reserved strictly for political engagements. Providing the only road connecting the two countries, it is here where the historical signing of the Armistice Agreement took place between Communist forces and the United Nations Command (UNC) in 1953 after a succession of peace talks that lasted more than two years.

 

[Freedom House]
The current building was constructed on July 9, 1998. It was built by the founder of Hyundai to host reunions of families separated during the Korean War. However, since North Korea has worried about sending their people through the division line of JSA, the house has been used only for Red Cross staffs and the liaison officers of South Korea.

 

 

[Military Armistice Commission Conference Room]
The armistice agreement of 1953 provided the establishment of the Military Armistice Commission (MAC), an agency to supervise implementation of the truce terms. A conference row was built to hold meetings of MAC representatives from the United Nations Command (UNC) and the North Korean People’s Army (KPA).
The conference row consists of seven buildings set squarely on the Military Demarcation Line (MDL). The line is marked on the ground between the buildings on conference row by several 17”×5” concrete slabs.
The three blue buildings are managed by UNC, and four gray buildings, by KPA. The central blue building is the MAC Conference Room, where talks take place between both sides. The MAC room has a line, which bisects the center of a conference table in the middle of the room
First, you will stand right in front of the conference row to take photos of North Korean soldiers, who are posted in front of their visitor center. Then, you will be escorted into the MAC Conference Room, where you can cross the division line even though you are prohibited from opening the door toward north direction.

 

[UN Guard Post 3]
GP 3 is the nearest spot you can watch and picture the scenery of North Korea, surrounding you at three sides
The guard post is located on a small mound, standing out into the north territories. It commands a fine view of many important facilities of North Korea. Straight ahead of you about one Kilometer away, you will glance the scary “Peace Museum” of North Korea, where they are displaying the two axes used to murder two American officers.
If you look at your right hand side, there is a guard post of KPA where they are checking and filming your every movement. You can return their favor by picturing them back, but you are not supposed to point them with your fingers or to make any gesture which can be interpreted as a signal of another war.
If you turn your head to the left, you can find UN Guard Post Four, which is only twenty meters ahead of the focal point of Axe Murder Incident. If you look far away along the direction, there are the propaganda village, Gaesung Industrial Complex, and a radio signal jamming tower.

 

[Bridge of No Return]
The Bridge of No Return is a small bridge where POWs were exchanged after the war.
There were two operations for it: Operation Little Switch as a test case for prisoner repatriation and Operation Big Switch for a general exchange of prisoners.
All the POWs were carried to the both ends of the bridge and they were given a choice. Once they chose to cross over the road, they could not make a turning back, hence the name “Bridge of No Return”. About thirteen thousand UNC prisoners returned to their countries, and about eighty nine thousand KPA and Chinese prisoners returned to their communist nations.

 

[Imjingak Park]
Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean War. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center.
400 kinds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are 12 kinds of tanks and crafts on display that were used during the war.
Mangbaedan Alter, which stands opposite of Imjingak, is famous for the place where people from North Korea visit and perform ancestral rites by bowing toward their hometown every New Year’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The Bridge of the Freedom, South Koreans crossed when they came back to their mother country from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan Alter.
In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. It has been under construction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. Imjingak is now one of the famous tourist spots for foreigners in Gyeonggi-do because it is possible to visit without going through any security check points

 

[Lunch(Bibimbap)]
Bibimbap (Korean pronunciation: [bibimbap], sometimes anglicized bi bim bap or bi bim bop) is a signature Korean dish. The word literally means “mixed rice”. Bibimbap is served as a bowl of warm white rice topped with namul (sautéed and seasoned vegetables) and gochujang (chili pepper paste), soy sauce, or doenjang, a salty soybean paste. A raw or fried egg and sliced meat (usually beef) are common additions. The hot dish is stirred together thoroughly just before eating. In South Korea, Jeonju, Jinju, and Tongyeong are especially famous for their versions of bibimbap. In 2011, it was listed at number 40 on the World’s 50 most delicious foods readers’ poll compiled by CNN Travel

 

[Imjingak Park]
Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean War. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. Three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, Unification Park and North Korea Center.
400 kinds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center of Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are 12 kinds of tanks and crafts on display that were used during the war.
Mangbaedan Alter, which stands opposite of Imjingak, is famous for the place where people from North Korea visit and perform ancestral rites by bowing toward their hometown every New Year’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving). The Bridge of the Freedom, South Koreans crossed when they came back to their mother country from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan Alter.
In front of Imjingak is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean War in 1950. It has been under construction since 2000. Every year many events for unification are held at Imjingak. Imjingak is now one of the famous tourist spots for foreigners in Gyeonggi-do because it is possible to visit without going through any security check points

 

[Unification Bridge]
The bridge is more like a symbolic bridge built back in 1998, wishing unification between two Koreas.
It was built by Hyundai Business Group of South Korea. Underneath the bridge you can see a river which is called Imjingang, coming down from North Korea. The bridge also has a nickname which is the “Cow Bridge”. The founder of Hyundai whose name was Jung Juyoung crossed this bridge and went to North Korea back in 1998 with precisely 1,001 cows. Since then, we have been calling it the cow bridge. Of course all the cows he took with him were part of humanitarian donations for North Korean people.

 

[ID Check]
If you look outside, you can see some soldiers wearing a green color camouflage uniform. They are South Korean soldiers or ROK soldiers currently serving their mandatory military service for 21 months. All men in South Korea have to serve the military mandatorily for 21 months, but it’s not required for women. I also served for 26 months a long time ago right after college, and it was longer than right now. Military service is getting shorter and shorter. However, the situation is a lot more terrible in North Korea. First of all, it’s mandatory for both genders, men and women. Men have to serve for 10 years while women serve for 7 years, but this is just for normal kinds of soldiers. For a special forces like Marine Corps and Airborne, they have to serve for 13 years.

 

[DMZ theater and exhibition hall]
It’s a unique museum within the civilian control line. The museum, on which the nation and provinces had spent 44.5 billion Korean won, officially opened on 08, 14, 2009. DMZ Showroom displays leaflets used during the 6.25 Korean Civil War, military letters, bayonets, empty cartridges, pottery found in DMZ, taxidermied birds and etc. DMZ Video Room features three-dimensional moving pictures. By watching them, you can easily understand how Korea got divided.

 

[The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel]
The highlight of the DMZ tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea.
Since 1974, South Army has discovered four tunnels crossing the MDL. The tunnels are believed to have been planned as a military invasion or infiltration route. Each tunnel is large enough to enable the passage of thirty thousand soldiers in one hour.
The 3rd tunnel discovered in 1978 penetrates into South Korea by 435 meters beyond the ceasefire line. You are going to hear how the tunnel was discovered with more detailed information. After listening to the story, you will enter into the actual tunnel to find the ambition of North Korea to make another sudden invasion. In addition, you are going to watch a short documentary film at the DMZ theater, and look around relics and reproductions of Korean War at its small exhibition hall.

 

[Dora Observatory]
Dora Observatory, or OP Dora is the closest observation post to North Korea.
From the observation platform, North Korean scenery is visible, and so are the outskirts of Gaeseong City, the 3rd largest city of North Korea. Especially, you can view the Gaeseong Industrial Complex operated by both Koreas. If you use the binocular, a statute of Kim Il-sung can be found near the Gaeseong City.
You can also observe a fake North Korean border village. Within DMZ of North side, there’s a small village called “Propaganda Village.” On a clear day, you can view through binocular that it is actually a deserted town. Like a multi-million dollar Hollywood filming set, some lights flicker on and off at set times to create the illusion of people living there.

 

[Dorasan Station]
A sign in the station reads, “Not the last station from the South, But the first station toward the North.”
For now, it is the northernmost station of South Korea which is only 700m, or a half mile away from the southern boundary of DMZ. The milestones of Dorasan Station (205km to Pyeongyang, 56km to Seoul) imply the reality of the division between two Koreas and the hope of a future. Although the tracks are connected, the north regime doesn’t allow trains to pass through, making $40 million station sit unused.
However, it serves as a beacon of hope for the reunification of two Koreas. Currently, it’s the last stop, but someday it will take you to Europe through the Trans-Siberian Railway.

 

[Amethyst Center]
Before we finish this tour in Seoul, as the very last part of this tour, we will make a brief stop at a place where you can get the national stone of Korea. It is among the most famous local products produced from Korea. One of the attractions of this jewel is not only the color and the beauty but also the infrared from Amethyst will make you relax and your blood circulation better. It’s a purple color precious stone as well as birthstone of February. It’s made from granite and it takes millions of years to change from granite to this particular kind of stone. Can anybody take a guess what this is? This is amethyst. Back in Seoul, we will stop by an amethyst factory which owns an amethyst mine. There, you can get a decent quality Korean amethyst at factory price which is almost half of the regular price. It could be a very good surprising gift for your loved ones especially for female, like your wife, daughter, or mother, if you have any. We will stay there for about 20 minutes and we will visit the very last place of downtown in Seoul called Itaewon where all of you will be dropped off.

 

[Drop of at Ltaewon]
This is where all of you will be dropped off, and you are invited to go back to your place on your own either by subway or taxi.
There is subway line 6, and the station is Station. Itaewon is a very international place with so many foreigners coming in and out because the largest U.S. army base in Korea is in the neighborhood. The main street is lined up with so many foreign restaurants and road shops which make this place famous for shopping and eating.

 

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