The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a strip of land that serves as a buffer between North and South Korea. The DMZ was established in 1953 as part of the Armistice Agreement in 1953. There was never a peace treaty signed so North and South Korea are still technically at war.
The Joint Security Area (JSA) is located within the DMZ and is a meeting point between North and South Korea. The JSA is where all negotiations between the two sides have been held since 1953. There have been a couple of confrontations and skirmishes within the JSA over the years. Visitors can enter the JSA as part of a DMZ tour.
3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978 by South Korean forces. The tunnel is about 1.6 kilometers long and about 73 meters below ground. The north built the tunnel to be able to move troops to the south without detection. In total, four such tunnels have been discovered, but the 3rd Tunnel is the longest and most threatening. Visitors to the DMZ can access the tunnel as part of a tour.
Popular nearby, compatible sites for a private tour in Gyeonggi-do:
Heyri Art Valley
Paju Premium Outlet
* Identification card required. Foreigners must bring a passport. Private vehicles not allowed.
210-358, Je3ttanggul-ro, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do
경기도 파주시 군내면 제3땅굴로 210-358 (군내면)
Mondays & National holidays (Excluding Saturdays/Sundays, Seollal/Chuseok)
Tour Course Information
A Course (approx. 3 hours): Departure from Imjingak → The 3rd Tunnel (DMZ video room) → Dora Observatory → Dorasan Station → Tongilchon Jikpanjang → Tongilchon Village Museum → Return to Imjingak
B Course (approx. 3 hours 30 min): Departure from Imjingak → Tomb of Heo-jun → Haemaruchon → The 3rd Tunnel (DMZ video room) → Dora Observatory → Return to Imjingak
9:10 (first shuttle) – 15:00 (last shuttle)