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The 3rd Tunnel 6 hours

Tour Highlights

  • The 3rd Tunnel
  • Dorasan Observatory
  • Dorasan Station
  • Freedom Bridge

We book this tour through subcontracted out to other tour companies. Therefore the tour quality, conditions and prices by their nature may vary company to company.

Arrival complications
Sometimes the unexpected can happen; If you have missed your tour departure, first call the relevant emergency number and speak to our staff who will be happy to help you catch up with the group. Please note that you are responsible for any extra travelling expenses incurred due to you missing your tour’s departure, so please be on time.

Seoul - DMZ - Seoul (- - -) 140km

The 3rd Tunnel tour

Rules and Regulations
* No tour on Monday and public holidays
* Full Name, Passport number and Nationality must be received at the time of booking
* You are required to bring your passport on this tour
* Picture taking is prohibited upon boarding the tour bus at Imjingak
* Visitors are not allowed on an individual basis, it is necessary to join the group
* A private bus is allowed only if 30 or more passengers travelling together on the same bus

Please note
* Depending on crowd size in the tunnel, the order of the visit may alter
* Walking the tunnels are not required, you may opt out and choose to stay on the bus, exhibition room or
   souvenir store
* This tour involves an extensive amount of walking, and is only recommended for the visitors in good
   physical condition. This tour is not suitable for the visitors who suffer from claustrophobia, those with    limited mobility, and who utilize a wheelchair
* There are two entrances to the Southern side of the tunnel, one via tram and one that must be descended
   and ascended on foot. The tram is much easier, but not always available. The walk takes 10 minutes each    way.

This morning, you will board a bus at Lotte Hotel Seoul near City Hall with other tourists to travel to Imjingak, the furthest north point in the area than you can go freely, and a park with an array of monuments and statues that speak to the Korean War (1950-1953).

One such monument is Mangbaedan, a memorial site where displaced North Koreans pray for their ancestors. Near Mangbaedan is the Freedom Bridge, and was an important site where 12,773 prisoners of war returned to freedom. This short, sturdy wooden structure ends at a barricade, which embodies the North. The altar and the bridge now serve as places of remembrance for displaced families, and the millions of bright colored ribbons tied to the fence have messages of hope, dreams and wishes for unification between South and North Korea.

You can also see a derelict locomotive engine shot full of bullet holes and its bent wheels - not particularly special in any way other than it shows the destruction of war. Having been left in the DMZ since bombs derailed it during the Korean War; it was cleaned up and moved here in 2009. There is a collection of stones from 86 battlefields in 64 countries known as the Peace Stones that have witnessed suffering and grief of war.

Then, you board a tour bus to continue on to the Demilitarized Zone which straddles the South and North Korean border. A 4km wide buffer of land stretches the breadth of the Korean peninsula. Total 1,292 signboards of the Military Demarcation Line were established and 696 of which are controlled by the U.N. Forces while 596 are under the control of North Korea and China. Although an Armistice came into effect in July 1953, the two Koreas are still technically in an active state of war. Tensions between the two countries remain high, and the border is patrolled by thousands of troops on both sides. Before being allowed to enter the DMZ, you will have to obtain passport and security clearance at the Unification Bridge, the first control line with sentries and photo opportunities will be limited.

The 3rd tunnel is one of the four infiltration tunnels dug by the North to facilitate an invasion of the South. Discovered on October 17, 1978, it is a 1,635m long, 2m high and 2m wide, and could have accommodated 30,000 soldiers per hour in what was apparently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul. The tunnel runs through bedrock at a depth of about 73m below ground; 435m of which are found in the South over the Military Demarcation Line (MDL). It is designed at a three thousandth angle with northern side lower than southern side, so that water does not stagnate inside tunnel. After ducking and crouching your way 265m through the tunnel, you will reach one of the cement walls with iron door near the MDL that will prevent you from going any further north and where you peep through a small window at a barricade, just to see another barricade in the distance. You can clearly see the drill marks for dynamite all pointing toward the South. This finding, along with other clues, clearly affirmed their construction.

After exploring the tunnel, climb back out of the tunnel and make your way to the DMZ Exhibition Hall for a unique insight into the Korean War and model of soldiers digging the tunnel, equipment used by the North, model of Panmunjeom (Joint Security Area), a timeline of major North Korean provocations over the South since 1950, and photographs of the historical events about Korea's division. And time for a short video including old film that takes you back in time to the signing of the armistice and the creation of the DMZ.

Next stop is Dora Observatory. As you approach, you will see an eye catching slogan printed up on the wall "End of separation, beginning of unification". The observatory looks across the land north of Demilitarized Zone, the road and train track stretched side by side ahead into the North Korea, bare mountains, treeless hills, watchtower, North Korean propaganda village and Kaeseong Industrial Complex. Financed and managed for the most part by South Korea, the project was launched in 2004 as a gauge of the volatile security situation on the peninsula, and South Korean companies could manufacture their products using North Korean labour. It once employed 803 South Korean and 54,764 North Korean workers, but this jointly run Industrial complex is totally shutdown as of February 10, 2016 in response to North Korea's nuclear test.

There are two heavily guarded villages in the DMZ, Daeseongdong farming community in the south and Gijeongdong propaganda village in the north, which face each other across the minefields. Each village hangs their government's flag upon some of the tallest flagpoles in the world - what some have come to call the "flagpole war." In 1981, the South Korean government built a 99.8m-tall flagpole with a 130kg (18m x 12m) South Korean Flag. The North responded by building a 160m-tall flagpole with a 270kg (30m x 14m) flag. It was superseded as the world's tallest, following the construction of the flagpole in Baku's National Flag Square at 162m. Both flagpoles were topped in 2011 by the Dusanbe Flagpole in Tajikistan at 165m.

You will also tour the Dorasan Station, the last railway station in South Korea before the North Korean border. This station drew world attention when President Bush visited here in February 2002. On December 11, 2007, freight trains began traveling north past this station into North Korea, however, on December 1, 2008, the North Korean government closed the border crossing. The station is heavily guarded and signs are up showing the future destination of Pyeongyang in North Korea. The milepost "Seoul 56km/Pyeongyang 205km" still stands from the time when trains could still cross past this station and into North Korea.

Bring your valid passport
Pick up service not available
Tour starts and ends at Lotte hotel Seoul

Tour fare
55,000 Won (Approx. USD 55) per person

Full payment required at the time of booking

Cancellation Policy
Cancellation notice received one day prior to departure : 50%
No Show : 100%

Child discount not available