- Rare glimpse of North Korea from the Dora Observatory
- Discover the fascinating history behind the 38th Parallel
Overall, we had a very interesting tour yesterday. We thought our guide Chloe, was excellent. Her level of knowledge was great and her English was perfect. She really made the tour very good. On the other hand, we were a little disappointed to stop at the Ginseng factory on the way back to Seoul. It seemed very odd to visit a place where they were just trying to sell you Ginseng, as this had very little to do with the tour and in particular was not advertised as part of it. Therefore I would strongly recommend they remove this element from the tour. Also the visit to the train station was a bit pointless as well. Instead, it would have been good to see Panmunjeom, as they offer in their full day tour. Maybe you could offer this full day tour instead? I hope this feedback is useful!
Visit the Korean Demilitarised Zone, the thin strip of land that has divided the Korean peninsula since the 1950s, on this enthralling Seoul gift experience. You’ll visit Imjingak Park, built to console relatives of those unable to cross back to their home countries, to see the Freedom Bridge over which some 13,000 prisoners returned to the south after the Korean War. Next you’ll travel to the famous 3rd infiltration tunnel and actually walk along the trail. Learn how this amazing feat of construction, excavated in 1978, would have allowed thousands of North Korean troops and weaponry to arrive just a few miles from Seoul in a short space of time, had it not been discovered.
At the Dora Observatory, you’ll be able to see a rare glimpse of North Korea through binoculars, as well as the Kaesong Industrial Complex, where until recently South Korean companies could employ North Korean workers. Finally, you’ll be shown Dorasan Station, a hugely symbolic location as, if the North and South are ever reunited, this will be the final train station before entering the North. Intriguing, exciting and above all heartbreaking, this Seoul guided tour is a must to understand the ongoing ‘cold’ conflict between North and South Korea.