DMZ TOUR 6
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JSA+DMZ TOUR

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  • HOTEL PICK UP SERVICE(IN SEOUL)
  • COACH WITH AC & ALL ADMISSION FEE
  • ENGLISH SPEAKING GUIDE SERVICE
  • MEAL: LUNCH(BIBIMBAP)

NOTE
  • PASSPORT IS REQUIRED.
  • DMZ TOUR IS CLOSED ON MONDAYS AND NATIONAL HOLIDAYS.
  • IN CASE SOME SITES OF THE TOURS ARE CLOSED, A VISIT TO ALTERNATIVE PLACES WILL APPLY.
  • IF THERE’S AN UNANNOUNCED MILITARY TRAINING OR OFFICIAL EVENT, THE TOUR MAY BE CANCELLED ON THE DAY OF THE TOUR WITH SHORT NOTICE.
  • TOUR MAY BE CANCELLED DUE TO HEAVY RAIN OR SNOW.
  • FOR YOUR SAFETY, STAY WITH THE GROUP AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS OF THE GUIDE DURING A GROUP TOUR.
  • IBTS KOREA CANNOT TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ANY INJURIES OR LOSSES INCURRED WHILE ON TOUR.

 

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  • CANCLE BY 18:00 ONE DAY BEFORE THE SCHEDULED TOUR: 100% REFUND
  • CANCEL AFTER 18:00 ONE DAY BEFORE THE TOUR DATE: CANCELLATION FEE OF 70% OF THE TOUR COST.
  • CANCEL AT OR AFTER THE TOUR BEGINS OR NO-SHOW: NO REFUND
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    • TOUR CODE:DMZ-0006
    • MINIMUM:1 PAX
    • START DAYS:TUE - SAT
    • TIME:08:00-17:00
    • LANGUAGE:ENGLISH
  • PRICE :

    $145.00

 JSA+DMZ Tour: Highlights

DMZ includes JSA as a small portion of its territory. The two areas are inseparable because the whole DMZ was created under the armistice agreement signed at JSA in 1953. Logically, the DMZ tour should include a visit to the JSA. However, the JSA tour has been operated as a separate one just for the convenience of travelers who are not available for a whole day tour. So, you are recommended to have the combined package of DMZ tour and JSA tour.

  • The combined tour gives you the overall picture of the Korean War.
  • The DMZ tour shows you relics of the battle fields, while the JSA tour concentrates on the political confrontation between the two sides for the armistice arrangement.
  • The combined tour can provide you a complete insight of the North and South relations in just one day.

Highlight of DMZ tour

The highlight of the DMZ tour is to explore a tunnel dug by North Korea. The tunnel was discovered by South Army as the third one among four tunnels, hence the name “The Third Tunnel”. It is a surreal experience to find a 1,635 meter tunnel at the depth of 73 meters underground. The infiltration tunnel was made by dangerous manual excavation work with dynamites, shovels and pick axes. The tunnel is located only four kilometers away from JSA, where the representatives of North Korea repeat their version of peace and reunification.
What can you expect from the tour? Real stories of Korean War, an objective perspective on the political showdown of Communism and Capitalism, and a new paradigm of the North/South Korean relationship.

Highlight of JSA tour

If you are going to check the actual confrontation of two Koreas, visit the conference row of JSA and enter the central room of the seven conference buildings. You can even step over the division line which is marked in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three (GP 3) outside of the conference room, you would find yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take photos of the north mountains and villages at the nearest distance. You will eventually pass by the focal point of the most brutal incident of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident” of 1976. Two officers of US army were axed to death under a huge popular tree.
Visit JSA and face in person the longest bitter confrontation of the world history, still going on in the conference theater.
Click here now if you want to join a journey for DMZ and JSA.

 JSA+DMZ Tour: Itinerary

Benefits of a combined package of the DMZ tour and the JSA tour

The DMZ includes the JSA as a small portion of its territory. The two areas are not separable because the whole DMZ was created under the armistice agreement signed at the JSA in 1953. Logically, the DMZ tour should include a visit to the JSA. However, the JSA tour has been operated as a separate one just for the convenience of travelers who are not available for a whole day tour.

  • The combined tour gives you the overall picture of the Korean War.
  • The DMZ tour shows you the battle fields of the three year war, while the JSA tour concentrates on the political confrontation between the two sides for the armistice arrangement.
  • The combined tour can provide you a complete insight of the North and South relations in just one day.

IBTS KOREA has operated for more than fifteen years the JSA tour service most professionally to provide you with everything you need:

  • The best storytelling tour guide for JSA+DMZ
  • The most convenient transportation to and from the JSA (including a morning pick-up service at your hotel in Seoul)
  • The perfect assistance of your preparation, not to be rejected at the gate of JSA (including your dress code defined by UNC)

Please be advised that the tour package is likely to sell out if you postpone your booking until the three days before the tour. There are many travelers coming to Seoul hopeful of visiting JSA, only to find they are too late to join a tour group. So, if you are going to see JSA DMZ, the first thing to do is to contact IBTS KOREA.

HIGHLIGHTS

Unification Bridge
Camp Bonifas
Freedom House
Conference Room of MAC (Military Armistice Commission)
UN Guard Post Three
Focal Point of Axe Murder Incident
Bridge of No Return
Imjingak Park
DMZ theater and exhibition hall
The 3rd Infiltration Tunnel
Dora Observatory
Dorasan Station
The best quality Jinseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet
Hotel pick-up and transportation by air-conditioned vehicles

JSA+DMZ Tour Course

IMJINGAK PARK

Imjingak is the most representative place that symbolizes Koreans’ desire to reunify two Koreas.
 It is a small theme park with rides at one side and barbed wire fences at the other side, making it a bizarre place. The park is a place to pray for the reunification of Korea. There are two historical things in the park site. One of them is a bridge called Freedom Bridge. It is an eighty three meter long wooden bridge used by 13,000 POWs who came down to South Korea seeking freedom. Another one is an original steam locomotive smokestack from the Korean War. The train was used by the South Army before being destroyed in 1950. It was deserted for 55 years with 1,020 bullet marks.

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.

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.

LUNCH

To be announced

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.

SLIDESHOW AND BRIEFING AT CAMP BONIFAS AND TOUR OF JSA

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

Panmunjeom is located in the demilitarized zone, 50 km north from Seoul and 10 km east from the city of Gaeseong.
This area is most notably known for the peace talks that were held here on October 25, 1951 and was designated as the Joint Security Area on July 27, 1953 when the armistice agreement was signed.
Once used as a management office, Panmunjeom has been used as now a conference room since the Red Cross held an international conference here on September 20, 1971. It is the only place where North Koreans and South Koreans can come in contact on a daily basis and make efforts towards the peace of Korea.

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 is the most representative place that symbolizes Koreans’ desire to reunify two Koreas.
 It is a small theme park with rides at one side and barbed wire fences at the other side, making it a bizarre place. The park is a place to pray for the reunification of Korea. There are two historical things in the park site. One of them is a bridge called Freedom Bridge. It is an eighty three meter long wooden bridge used by 13,000 POWs who came down to South Korea seeking freedom. Another one is an original steam locomotive smokestack from the Korean War. The train was used by the South Army before being destroyed in 1950. It was deserted for 55 years with 1,020 bullet marks.

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. 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.

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