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 Trip-35 DMZ & JSA Tour - Demilitarized Zone & Joint Security Area / Panmunjeom

Tour number : Trip-35
Price : 137,000won / $137 / per person
No. of people : minimum 1person
Time : 08:00 ~ 17:30
Conditions : Guide, Transportation, Pick-up service, Lunch, Entrance fee, Taxes

* Price : 137,000won / $137 (minimum 1person)

* Itinerary






Day 1





Hotel Pick-up
Imjingak Park
The Bridge of Freedom
DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall
The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
Dora Observatory
Dora Station
Pass by Unification Village
Cross the unification Bridge and arrive at Camp Bonifas
Slide show and briefing at Camp Bonifas and tour of JSA
    (conference room, the 3’rd check point, freedom house)
Drop Off at Lotte Hotel


* Conditions : English Speaking Guide
                       Hotel pick up Service, Transportation
                       Meal (Lunch)
                       Entrance fee

* Remarks

No tour days : Sun,Mon ,Holidays, the day of military training.
Passport required!
The tourists MUST send a copy of passport by e-mail at least four days before your tour date. 
DMZ Tour is under control of military. Schedule could be changed without prior notice.
No shopping center!
* All tourists will be dropped off at the Lotte Hotel.

* Description

Among the people of the world, Koreans especially appreciate freedom and peace because of the civil war that separated them and the divided country in which they now live. Koreans eagerly long for a peaceful unification.

Where is Panmunjom?
Panmunjom is located inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), and it is the most forward location in the DMZ that can be visited by civilians.
The administrative address is Kyunggi-do Paju-si Jinseo-myun Neolum-li (for the South Korean portion), and Kaesung-jikhalsi Panmun-joon Panmunjom-ri (for the North Korean side).
Although Panmunjom is the common name of the area, the official name of the negotiating site is the Joint Security Area (JSA).
Panmumjom is located in the western portion of the 155-mile long DMZ on the Military Demarcation Line (MDL) and it demonstrates the great sorrow of the divided country.
Panmumjom is located 62 kilometers northwest of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and 215 kilometers south of Pyongyang, the capital of North Korea, 10 kilometers from Kaesong.

The history of Panmunjom
The name Panmunjom can be traced back to the time of the original armistice negotiations between the UNC and the Communist forces.
The actual site of the "truce tent" negotiations is located about 1 kilometer north of the JSA. On that location today is a North Korean army museum, which can be observed from the UNC Guard Post 3 in the JSA. The museum was originally built for the signing of the Korea Armistice Agreement that occurred on 27 July 1953.
Before the armistice negotiations, there were only four thatch-roofed huts, including an inn, in the Panmumjom area. The inn was a resting stop for people who traveled between Seoul and Sinuiju.
Previously, the name of this town was "Neolmun-li", which means "wooden gate" in the pure Korean language.
The story behind that name is very interesting. Many years ago, the King of Korea visited this and wanted to cross the river, but there was no bridge.
Thus these good people in town removed their wooden house gates and made a bridge that enabled the king to continue on his way. It was only when the armistice negotiations moved to this location form Kaesong that the place was called "Panmunjom".
This was done out of courtesy for the representatives from the Communist Chinese Army.
Three Chinese characters were written on the signboard of the inn: "Pan" means wood board in Sino-Korean; "Mun" means gate or door; and "Jom" means store, was added to denote the only inn in the area.
On 27 July 1953, the Armistice Agreement was finally signed, after 2 years and 18 days and 1,076 arduous meetings between the UNC and the Communist (North Korean and Chinese) representatives.
In accordance with the Armistice Agreement, a "Joint Security Area" was built at Panmunjom that was officially under the joint control of the UNC and North Korean militaries and the only area, which is out of the district boundaries of North and South.

- Imjingak Park: The place is built for separated families remained in South Korea from the Korean War.
- DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall: Please get a chance to see what happened in Korean peninsula during the war.
- The 3rd infiltration Tunnel: The proof of sad history between 2 Koreas…
- Dora observatory: Get a view of North Korea from the highest point of South Korea.
- Dorasan station: The last train station and the first train station toward North, made by our strong willing of reunification.

Imjingak Park
Imjingak, located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean Conflict.
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 Korean Conflict.
Mangbaedan, 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 Years Day and Chuseok. The Bridge of the Freedom, South Koreans crossed when they came back to their mother country from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan.
In front of Imjingak, there is the Gyeongui Train Line which was destroyed during the Korean Conflict 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 Province because it is possible to visit without going through any security check points.

The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
The 3rd Tunnel was discovered on October 17, 1978. It is located 52km from Seoul.
Approximately 10,000 soldiers can move through this tunnel in one hour.
When this tunnel was discovered, North Koreans insisted steadfastly that it was made by South Koreans to invade North Korea, but this proved to be false.
Mt. Dora Observation Platform is located nearby the 3rd Tunnel.
From this observation platform, North Korean military personnel are visible, and so are the city of Gaeseong and the Geumgangsan Diamond Mountains.

                     The Bridge of Freedom
                                       DMZ Theater & Exhibition Hall

                           Dora Observatory
                                                       Dora Station


The "Bridge of No Return" and The Scene of Ax Murder Incident
The "Bridge of No Return" is located at the west end of the JSA and is bisected by the MDL. In front of the "Bridge of No Return" is also where the tragic Ax Murder Incident occurred in 1976. Before the incident, the "Bridge of No Return" was the only pathway connecting North and South. Currently the bridge is blocked off with a wall on the North Korean end. Today, that route goes via the "72 Hours Bridge". The Brige is called the "72 Hours Bridge" because North Koreans built it in three days. The "Bridge of No Return" got its name from the prisoner repatriation operation after the Armistice Agreement was signed . The prisoners were exchanged across this bridge and given a choice to either cross the bridge to return to their original country or to remain on the side of their captors. However, once they crossed the bridge, they were not allowed to cross back to the other side and hence the name the "Bridge of No Return". The numbers of the prisoners exchanged from 5 August to 6 September 1953 were 13,444 UNC and 82,493 Communist troops. The guard posts on each side of the bridge were the setting for the popular korean movie "JSA".

Check point 3(Observation Platform)
After tourists visit the Freedom House and MAC Conference Building, they stop at the third guard post or Check-Point 3. From here, tourists can view the facilities around the JSA and Panmunjom such as : "Bridge of no Return ", Kaesong City and the adjacent Mt. Songak in North Korea, North Korean guard posts, and Kijong-Dong, North Korea's propaganda village. There is a silver-colored building about 2 kilometers west of Guard Post 3. This is the "old " Panmunjom building where the Armistice Agreement was signed on 27 July 1953 and is at the same location where the "truce tent talks" were held from October 1951 until the armistice was signed.
Now it is called the "Korean Peoples Peace Museum" by North Korea and tourists to North Korea receives briefings there prior to visiting Panmunjom and the JSA.

Panmun Gak
Panmun Gak is the main building managed by the North Koreans in the JSA. It is located about 80meters north of the Freedom House. It was constructed in September 1969 and is used as an office and command post for the North Korean guard force and as a stand by room for MAC meeting attendees. It is also used as a place for propaganda and instigation activities directed against the South. Every August 15th, a mass propaganda rally is held in front of this building under the name of the "8.15 Pan-National Rally".

The Peace House
The Peace House is also under the control of the South Korean government. It is located about 130 meters south of the Freedom House and was constructed in December 1980. The Peace House hosts non-military businesses such as political, economical and athletic exchanges between North and South. Twice a day, routine regular phone contact is made with Tongil Gak (the Unification Pavilion) on the north side of the JSA. South-North military officers held their first meeting here to negotiate the details of linking of the Kyongui railroad.

The Freedom House
The original Freedom House construction was completed in September 1965. Managed by the South Korean government, this building has the role of supporting North-South conferences, exchanges and communications between both sides. The new Freedom House construction was finished on 9 July 1998. Tourists usually go to this building as soon as they arrive in the JSA. from an octagonal gazebo, built in traditional Korean style, people can overlook North Korea and the JSA. Visitors can experience the tension and suffering of a divided country from the visit. When the original Freedom House was built in 1965. Red Cross representatives from the South used it to make contacts with their North Korean counterparts.

The JSA resembles a square measuring about 800 meters in diameter. After the Armistice Agreement was signed, the JSA became a neutral location where the guards from both sides were allowed to move about freely. It was the only place in the DMZ where the MDL was originally not cleared marked. That changed after North Korean guards murdered two UNC officers with axes on 18 August 1976. After the Ax Murder incident, the MDL was marked within the JSA, and that marking system continues until today. Today, the only place where border crossings are allowed is inside the conference buildings of the Military Armistice Commission(MAC). The MDL in the JSA is marked with one hundred and twenty-six 1 meter-high white stakes, along the boundary line a 10-meter interval. In the rest of the DMZ, the boundary is marked with MDL Markers. Each side owns six guard posts in the JSA and on more than thirty-five armed guards can be present on each side. The JSA is a venue for exchanges and negotiations between the North and South. All kinds of political and economic issue, cultural conferences and Red Cross meetings are held in the JSA.


▶ To make this reservation, Full name, Passport number and Nationality is required.

▶ The tour schedule always changes regarding the military training so; you’ll have to call to Grace Travel Agency (02-332-8946) to check the possibility before making reservation.

▶ The citizens of following countries must send their color scanned copy of their passport 4 days before the tour date)
[Asia] Malaysia, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Georgia, Singapore
[Central East]: Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Georgia
[Europe]: Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia
[Africa]: Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Tunisia
[Arab]: Jordan ,Bahrain, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen

▶ Restricted Countries
North Korea, Iran, Afghanistan, Syria, Sudan, Iraq, Cuba, Pakistan, Libya

▶ The Panmunjeom tour may be cancelled on the date of tour without any notice due to the special circumstance of JSA.

▶ For overseas korean who is also holding a Korean passport, please obtain a overseas Korean registar(in English) from the embassy or consulate of your living countries and send to us at least 4 working days before the tour date.

▶ No tour on every Sunday, Monday, National Holiday and Training Days

▶ There are no pick up and drop off service for Panmunjeom Tour because; there will be a large sized bus with you on the tour and it’s hard to visit all the hotels for the pick up and drop off service.

▶ For DMZ (the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel) + Panmunjeom Combine Tour, the pick up service is available from every hotels from Tue to Fri but on Saturday, you’ll have to come to the meeting point (6th floor of Lotte Hotel) till 8:00 am. It’s because there is only one travel agency who deal with Panmunjeom Tour on Saturdays and they are not including the pick up service.

▶ Everyone has to come to the meeting point which is the 6th floor of Lotte Hotel (City Hall area).
(But the meeting time can be changed depends on the tour date.)

▶ To get to Lotte Hotel by subway is, entrance No. 7 & 8 from Uljiro 1ga Station
(line No. 2) or City Hall Station (line No. 1)

▶ Please advise all travelers to bring their passport with them on the tour date.

▶ Children under 11 years old is not allowed to join the Panmunjeom Tour (DMZ tour is permitted).

▶ All visitors of Panmunjeom Tour must wear appropriate clothes and the follow clothing is not allowed.
Distorted Jeans, Shorts, Slipper, Military Uniform, Mini Skirt, Women clothes with great exposure.

▶ When you arrive at Conference room, do not touch any equipment such as microphones or flags belonging to the communist side.

▶ Do not speak with, make any gesture toward or in any way, approach or respond to personnel from the other side.

▶ Cancellation Policy - 3 day before the tour day: 100% cancellation charge.

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