For a different kind of sightseeing tour in Korea, take this full-day privately guided excursion from Seoul to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), a border that divides North and South Korea. Your guide takes you along the invasion route that North Korean spy commandos used when they infiltrated the world's most heavily fortified border in 1968. You'll also have time to reflect on the future of the divided territory during a stop at Imjingak Peace Park near the Imjin River, and the War Memorial of Korea back in Seoul. Lunch and round-trip hotel transport by private vehicle are included.
In the morning, grab your passport and get in a private vehicle that takes you to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that has divided North and South Korea since the Korean War. En route, your expert guide offers insight about the Korean conflict and answers any questions you have. After a stop at Imjingak Peace Park, situated on the banks of the Imjin River, continue to an artillery base for a glimpse of war artifacts. Observe an authentic M109 Howitzer and discover how infantry soldiers move the self-propelled armored vehicle each hour. Next, your guide takes you inside the DMZ to visit an army base where 22 North Korean spy commandos infiltrated the border in 1968. It's a short climb to the military observation post where you learn incredible stories about North Korea's three-day battle with the South Korean army and US army. It may be hard to imagine eating after hearing intense war details, but when hunger strikes you can dine on a North Korean'style lunch of barbecued duck (vegetarian meals arranged upon request). After your meal, take a short trek to a civilian observation point where you can witness a North Korean village through a telephoto lens while your guide discusses life just across the border. On the way back to Seoul, make a stop to look for dozens of bullet traces etched in the surrounding rocks and trees ' evidence of the battle between North Korean spy commandos and the United States Forces Korea. Your last stop is the War Memorial of Korea at Yongsan-dong, a must-see location for anyone interested in Korean military history. The exhibits of wartime weaponry and equipment at the former Korean Infantry headquarters could spark a discussion with your guide about the ramifications of wartime and peace that lasts until you're dropped off at your hotel. Please note: This tour operates under strict guidelines. Please visit the Important Information tab to read about passport requirements, dress code, and other pertinent details.