How to Visit Korea's JSA & The DMZ Tour (Guide & Tips) (2022)

The Korean peninsula has long been divided into two countries: the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (North Korea) and the Republic of Korea (South Korea). Unfortunately… it was NOT at all a peaceful separation given the infamous 250km-long and 4km-wide buffer zone of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that separates the two since 1953. (DMZ Tour).

Today, it is referred to as the most heavily guarded border in the world given the battle-ready armies, fences, landmines, and fences on both sides.

That being said, it’s undeniable how it is one of the scariest places in the world — and yet… it continues to be a popular major tourist attraction in South Korea that attracts a lot of curious minds and history buffs who are seeking to witness this surreal area for themselves (yes, people like me).

» DMZ Trivia
••• The DMZ is a strip of land that was established by the provisions of the Korean Armistice Agreement (a “cessation” on the hostilities of the Korean War — so it’s not an agreement to end the war but a part of an attempt to negotiate peace). Under this armistice that was created in 1953 between China, North Korea and United Nations, it made DMZ a buffer zone between North Korea and the South Korea, thereby roughly dividing the Koran Peninsula in half.
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••• For years now, there have been unfortunate incidents that have happened in and around DMZ (with the most notorious clashes happening in or near Panmunjom Joint Security Area or JSA, e.g. Panmunjom Axe Murder Incident, etc.). These events have caused military and civilian casualties on both sides and have almost sparked the resumption of the Korean War (thankfully, it didn’t). This heinous history combined with ongoing bad relations between North and South Korea had always given off a tense atmosphere for travelers who visit the demilitarized zone. In fact, though the DMZ tour is generally considered safe, things can happen out of the blue especially in JSA — this is why visitors are typically asked to sign a waiver whenever they enter JSA.
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••• I can go on a long discussion about what brought on the Korean War, but I’ve decided NOT to discuss it here because aside from the fact that I’m not ‘qualified’ to talk about it, I also believe that a part of the allure of this DMZ tour is when the South Korean guides retell the history to you since you’ll also be hearing their own sentiments regarding how the Korean War went out of control. (But if you already want to read up on it beforehand, you can do so by looking it up online).

Now, you might have heard of the recent news this 2018 on how North and South Korea have agreed to end the long-running Korean War in order to pursue a more peaceful relationship with one another. This is great news not only for Koreans but for the world too!

That being said, it’s possible that DMZ will thankfully transition into a more amicable place soon — but for now, it seems that the standard DMZ and JSA tours are still being held. To know more info about this, please continue reading through this article.

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» Tour Inclusions & Price

There are different tours for you to choose from…

Any of the above tours will typically already include:

  • Lunch
  • Admission fee
  • Round-trip transportation (including parking, toll fees, and fuel) from Seoul and back
  • An English-speaking professional tour guide

The only things that are NOT included are personal expenses, insurance, and tips.

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» Best Time to Do DMZ Tour

The DMZ tours run all year round, and as for the best time to visit, it will depend on your preference.

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  • Spring: (March to May) The city becomes a hit with all the flora that starts to bloom and bud. And of course, much like Japan, South Korea has cherry blossoms which tourists often seek. Given this demand, there tends to be a slight increase in costs, but the weather and season are quite desirable.
  • Summer: (June to August) This is arguably the peak season in the city so things get busier and costlier. It doesn’t help either that this is the vacation month of schools and Korean companies so everyone is out and about. That’s why if I were you, you should avoid these months — also because the weather can get quite humid with occasional downpours.
  • Autumn: (September to November) This is the best time to visit Seoul because the weather is pleasant, prices are more affordable, and crowds are thinner. However, do take note to avoid Chuseok or Korea’s autumn harvest festival.
  • Winter:(December to February) As the temperatures drop, prices and airfare also drop. Take note though that it can get very chilly; but, supposing you’re not that sensitive to the cold, this can be a fun time given all the amazing ski resorts and festive atmosphere.

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» Other Things to Do in Seoul

I wrote a comprehensive travel guide for this and you can read my Korea itinerary.

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» Where to Stay (Accommodations) in Seoul

To search for the best hotel accommodation in Seoul at the best prices, I suggest checking out Agoda and Booking.com. But if you’re rather interested in renting comfortable houses or apartments, check AirBnB.

As for ‘where’, these are the top 5 districts in the city:Myeongdong (best for shopping),Hongdae(best for a hip youthful scene), Insa-dong orJongno(best for culture),Gangnam (best for luxury shopping), andItaewon (best for nightlife).

If you want particular hotel names per district, I recommend that you read my ‘Best Hotels in Seoularticle.

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» Visa for South Korea

If you’re NOT a citizen of any of South Korea’s exempted countries, you are then required to avail of a visa beforehand. (If you’re from the Philippines, you can read my guide on how to get a South Korea visa in Manila here.)

  • Check full visa requirements here as per your nationality.

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» Helpful Korean Phrases

English is not widely spoken in South Korea even if it is taught in a lot of schools, but you’ll have better luck in the capital of Seoul where a lot of people put time, effort and money in learning English. Nevertheless, it doesn’t hurt to learn a bit of the local language!

  • RELATED READ: Best translation apps for travel

Hello (formal): Annyeong haseyo
Hello (informal): Annyeong
Thank you: Gamsahamnida
You’re welcome: Cheonmanyeyo
Yes: Ye/Ne
No: Aniyo
Goodbye (to person leaving): Annyeonghi gaseyo
Goodbye (to person staying): Annyeonghi gyeseyo
Goodbye (informal): Annyeong

Excuse me (getting attention): Sillyehamnida
I’m sorry: Joesonghamnida
Is there someone here who speaks English?: Yeogi-e yeong-eoreul hasineun bun gyesimnikka?
Help!: Dowajusipsio!
Cheers!: Geonbae!

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(Video) The DMZ // South Korea Vlog // June 2022

Typical Stops for a DMZ Tour

The DMZ is a wide strip of land and most tours will be showing you the following highlights…

» Third Tunnel of Aggression

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NOTE: Photography inside the Third Tunnel of Aggression is NOT allowed, so, unfortunately, I can’t show you photos of it — you must see it for yourself!

The Third Tunnel of Aggression is one of the 4 known tunnels that have been eerily dug out by North Korea as a way to possibly invade South Korea. As the name suggests, this was the 3rd tunnel that they have discovered and this particular one is said to have the capacity to transport 30,000 soldiers per hour which would have been beneficial to North Korea as a surprise attack on Seoul.

Just the thought of this is quite frightening, and as if that wasn’t enough, we were even told by our guide that there’s a possibility of 10 or 20 other tunnels that haven’t been discovered yet!

Take note, when this 3rd tunnel was found, North Korea defended itself by saying that it’s a part of a blasted coal mine; but of course, evidence on the tunnel’s walls suggest otherwise (e.g. the walls are made of granite and some parts of the walls were even seemingly painted black by North Korea to resemble coal). Since then, this Third Tunnel of Aggression has been blocked with 3 barricades and then turned into a well-guarded tourist site that involves a steep walk down. A word of advice, if you’re claustrophobic, this is a walk that you must skip on.

…Anyhow, I just gotta say though that it’s a bit ironic how the tunnel was originally built for an invasion to defeat South Korea; yet now, it serves as a major day trip attraction from Seoul — so if you think about it, North Korea inadvertently ‘helped’ boost South Korea, particularly in terms of tourism (though of course, the tunnels remain to be an unwelcome existence).

TOURS THAT INCLUDE THIS STOP:
DMZ + Third Tunnel of Aggression
DMZ + Third Tunnel of Aggression + Northern Limit Line (NLL) Iron Fence Zone
DMZ + Third Tunnel of Aggression + Panmunjom Joint Security Area Tour (JSA)

» Panmunjom Joint Security Area (JSA)

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This JSA tour is the most sought-after tour by travelers to South Korea’s DMZ because it is the closest place to North Korean soil that anyone can step into without getting arrested or shot. Needless to say, this experience takes you to the ‘front lines’ and you can see up close the tension between the two countries.

Located in the former village of Panmunjom on the western coast, JSA is comprised of several buildings separately owned and strictly guarded by the North and the South. It also consists of the infamous blue conference rooms where negotiations often take place and where visitors are allowed to step in (and watch as both the stationed North and South Korean soldiers face one another, as if on a staring showdown).

(Video) DMZ Full Experience | The World's Most Dangerous Border | DMZ Korea Tour | korea vlog

Now, a trip to JSA will only be possible through an organized tour that is approved by the government and there are strict rules being implemented (e.g. NO bringing in of cameras that have lenses of 90mm and higher, NO taking of pictures in certain areas, NO wandering without a guide, etc.).

For this tour, the itinerary will take you to the following highlights…

  • Camp Bonifas: This is a United Nations Command military post that houses the United Nations Command Security Battalion of the Joint Security Area whose primary mission is to monitor and enforce the Korean Armistice Agreement of 1953; but on the side, the Republic of Korea and the United States Forces Korea soldiers (or “security escorts”) regularly conduct orientation programs for those who are going to tour JSA — which would be you. At this point, you’ll be signing a waiver that absolves South Korea, the UN, and the USA in case any incidents will arise as you agree to this statement:
    • “The visit to the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom will entail entry into a hostile area and possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy action.”
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  • Joint Security Area (JSA): Once you arrive here, you’ll be escorted through…
    • Unification Bridge: You will pass by this bridge which was opened in 1998 in order to prepare for supplies exchange between North and South Korea. Checkpoints are usually found before and after to this point.
      • TRIVIA: A large portion of the funds that were used to build this bridge was donated by Hyundai because its former CEO’s hometown was in North Korea.
    • Freedom House: This is South Korea’s ‘propaganda palace’ that faces the Demarcation Line and the Panmom Hall (which is North Korea’s equivalent of the Freedom House). After visiting the Freedom House, visitors will usually be taken to the Peace Pagoda beside it that will offer great views over JSA and the surrounding countryside.
      • TRIVIA: There is at least one North Korean soldier that will stand in Panmom Hall as he faces the South. There are strict rules NOT to make any kind of gesture towards that soldier or any North Korean soldiers for that matter, after all, you wouldn’t want to be the cause of a commotion on JSA against South Korea.
    • Demarcation Line and MAC Building: You will find blue buildings that are positioned on top of the ‘Demarcation Line’ and smacked between Freedom House and Panmom Hall. Nearby, you will witness North and South Korean soldiers standing on alert, as they stare at each other all day. One of these blue houses is the MAC (Military Armistice Commission) building where negotiations take place and where you can technically ‘step into’ North Korean soil.
      • TRIVIA: Inside MAC, take note that the neat lines of microphones on the central table marks the exact position of the Demarcation Line between the North and the South. This is also aligned to the low concrete bar mark outside. Anyhow, you’re free to walk around this small room and ogle at the North and South Korean soldiers that similarly stand guard against each other in an intimidating way.
      • You might even feel like a ‘celebrity’ once inside because North Korean soldiers often observe you from outside the building. They will even film or take photos of you, as well as the South Korea soldiers inside JSA.
    • Bridge of No Return: You will also pass by another bridge but this one crosses the Demarcation Line. Basically, this used to be a place where prisoner exchanges were done at the end of the Korean War.

TRIVIA: Apparently, North Korea also holds their own DMZ tours to JSA; but it seems that their tours are timed to NOT overlap with the tours done by South Korea.
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TOURS THAT INCLUDE THIS STOP:
DMZ + Third Tunnel of Aggression + Panmunjom Joint Security Area Tour (JSA)

» Other Stop Highlights

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  • Imjingak Resort: This was built in the hopes that unification would someday be possible
    • North Korea Center of Unification Board: Shows over hundred of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea.
    • Mangbaedan Alter: The spot where Korean’s separated from their families in the North. Koreans typically visit this place on New Year’s Day and Chuseok (Korean Thanksgiving) to perform ancestral rites to their home and relatives in the North.
    • Bridge of Freedom: Where South Koreans have crossed when they were released from North Korea. Nowadays, the bridge also serves as a memorial for all the families that were separated during the Korean War. You will even witness a lot of ribbons tied to the fences that each contain messages of hope, peace and love.
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  • Dora Observatory: Built on top of Mount Dora, visitors can look closer into North Korea with binoculars as they witness things like the North Korean propaganda ‘Peace Village’/’Propaganda Village’ (built to resemble a prosperous town but is actually a ghost town), Kaesong city (a nearby city with thousands of North Koreans living in it), and others.
    • TRIVIA: You can also see from here the ‘flagpole war’ which is an example of North Korea and South Korea’s competitiveness with one another. It all started when South Korea built a 98.4m-tall flagpole in Daeseong-dong (a South Korean town in DMZ) in the 1980s. In response to this, North Korea built a taller one at 160m over at Kijŏng-dong or the Peace Village/Propaganda Village. Because of this, it used to be the tallest in the world for a decade, but today it is now the 4th tallest flagpole worldwide.
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  • Dorasan Station: This is the northernmost train stop on South Korea’s railway line that serves as yet another tourist attraction on DMZ — until the day that it would finally serve as a proper train station that connects North and South Korea when peace finally prevails.
    • TRIVIA: You can find stamps here to commemorate your visit to Dorasan Station. Alternatively, you can purchase a train ticket to Pyongyang, but it’s basically just payment for the chance to stand on the platform as you wait for a train that will never come.
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  • Northern Limit Line (NLL): When taking a tour that explores this region, you can easily see the confrontation between the two societies as you go, for instance, to the observatory at Aegibong Peak (where you can see North Korea’s kaepung county) and the Iron Fence Zone.

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Overall

It might seem crazy at first to go on a DMZ tour, but I still urge you to go because it is one of those mystifying yet insightful experiences out there. Yet, of course, all in all, what I just hope now is that this place will soon be taken down (much like the Berlin Wall) so that peace could once again prevail in the Korean peninsula.

With regard to the kind of tour that you must do, naturally, doing the combined JSA and Third Tunnel of Aggression would be your best choice, so if there is ever an available tour date, I say go ahead and grab it! Otherwise, a tour to the Third Tunnel of Aggression would already be quite an experience for you.

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FAQs

Can you visit JSA in DMZ? ›

You can do a DMZ tour, a JSA tour (also referred to as a Panmunjom tour), or a DMZ and JSA tour. I wanted the full experience so I did the joint DMZ and JSA tour, which you can book through Klook for KRW 130,000.

Is it worth visiting the DMZ Korea? ›

For those particularly interested in society, history and politics in relation to travel, the demilitarised zone, or the DMZ, on the border between North and South Korea is well worth visiting on a day trip from Seoul, the South Korean capital.

Can you visit the JSA in Korea? ›

JSA Tour (Osan Air Base Departure)

The tour price is USD95 per person. JSA Panmunjom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 kilometers north of Seoul. This is where the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953.

How much does DMZ tour cost? ›

Price
OptionPrice
DMZ Morning TourAdult (11 yrs~)US$ 56.8 Child (2~10yrs)US$ 39.7
DMZ Afternoon TourAdult (11 yrs~)US$ 56.8 Child (2~10yrs)US$ 39.7

Can I visit DMZ on my own? ›

The DMZ can only be visited as part of an organized, guided tour, during which travelers get the chance to see the Joint Security Area (JSA), also known as Panmunjom, where the North and South met for peace talks during the war.

What do you wear to the DMZ? ›

While DMZ tour has no dress code, JSA imposes a dress code. Visitors should not wear casual clothing. Basically, when dressing for JSA tour, choose clothes that you would wear to meet your girlfriend's or boyfriend's grandparents for the first time.

Is the DMZ tour safe? ›

Is the DMZ safe to visit? While the DMZ in Korea is considered “the world's most dangerous border,” there is no threat to civilians or visitors. Although still an active war zone, it has become a place of sustainable peace and therefore, the DMZ is safe to visit.

Can you visit the DMZ in South Korea 2022? ›

The DMZ area is located 60 km from Seoul and can be visited with the DMZ train or a private guided or group tour.

Why do people visit the JSA? ›

This JSA tour is the most sought-after tour by travelers to South Korea's DMZ because it is the closest place to North Korean soil that anyone can step into without getting arrested or shot. Needless to say, this experience takes you to the 'front lines' and you can see up close the tension between the two countries.

Why is the JSA a tourist attraction? ›

An improbable tourist destination, it's here where the infamous Military Demarcation Line separates South and North Korea. Soldiers from both sides often stand metres apart eyeballing one another from their respective sides of the blue-painted UN buildings.

Is JSA open to tourists? ›

It's also worth noting, JSA only accepts group tours, not individual travellers, so book your tour early!

How long does it take to get to the DMZ from Seoul? ›

It takes approximately 1h 47m to get from Seoul to DMZ Tours, including transfers.

How far is Seoul Korea from the DMZ? ›

The DMZ is a no-man's land about 30 miles north of Seoul that was established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement.

What does DMZ stand for? ›

In computer networks, a DMZ, or demilitarized zone, is a physical or logical subnet that separates a local area network (LAN) from other untrusted networks -- usually, the public internet.

Is the Korean DMZ open? ›

Panmunjeom is only open to visitors traveling with approved tour agencies. More importantly, visitors are required to bring a legitimate form of identification and/or passport when going to the DMZ.

Can you see North Korea from DMZ? ›

The next stop will be the Dora Observatory, which looks out over the DMZ to the North Korean border. With binoculars you should be able to spot buildings in North Korea, see its flagpole, and get an impression of how wide and long the DMZ is.

What city is the DMZ in? ›

Located within the DMZ is the “truce village” of P'anmunjŏm, about 5 miles (8 km) east of Kaesŏng, North Korea. It was the site of peace discussions during the Korean War and has since been the location of various conferences over issues involving North and South Korea, their allies, and the United Nations.

Does anyone live in the Korean DMZ? ›

It lies within the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The village is about 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) south of the Bridge of No Return, and 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city of Kaesong, North Korea. As of 2018, the village has 193 inhabitants.
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Daeseong-dong
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Population (2018)193
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How far is North Korea border from Seoul? ›

The actual distance from Seoul to the DMZ for reference is only around 23 km.

How long does the ferry take from Seoul to Jeju? ›

Duration: The Queen Mary Ferry takes 4 hours while the Santa Luchino takes 5.5 hours.

How old do you have to be to visit the DMZ? ›

Some tour sites confusingly describe the age limit as “children under 10 years old are not allowed” making you think 10-year-olds are OK. They aren't. DMZ tours do not have an age limit – children of all ages are allowed.

Who owns the DMZ? ›

Korean Demilitarized Zone
Built byNorth Korea South Korea United Nations Command
In usesince 27 July 1953 (69 years ago)
EventsDivision of Korea
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How many DMZ are there in the world? ›

When humans abandon an area because of an international treaty, what becomes of the land?

Why is the DMZ a tourist attraction? ›

Unquestionably the highlight of any trip to the DMZ is the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom. An improbable tourist destination, it's here where the infamous Military Demarcation Line separates South and North Korea.

Can you see North Korea from South Korea? ›

To simply put it, no. You cannot visit North Korea from South Korea or visit South Korea from North Korea. It is impossible to cross the demarcation line that separates both countries as a tourist. Previously it was possible to cross from South Korea to visit Mt.

Can you visit North Korea from Seoul? ›

It is not possible to enter North Korea from South Korea or to enter South Korea from North Korea. Even if you meet all entry requirements, you may be arbitrarily arrested and/or detained at your point of entry.

Is hongdae a good place to stay? ›

Seoul Neighborhoods

Debatably the most popular with visitors these days is Hongdae, known for nightlife & cute cafes, as well as affordable accommodation. Another very popular Seoul neighborhood is Gangnam, the central downtown area known for shopping & nightlife.

Can you visit Panmunjom? ›

One of the best ways to experience the historical significance of the Korean conflict is by visiting Panmunjom. However, as this is a UN military-controlled area operated by the United Nations Command (UNC), the only way to visit Panmunjom is on an official tour with a fully licensed tour guide.

What is JSA in DMZ? ›

The Joint Security Area (JSA, often referred to as the Truce Village or Panmunjom) is the only portion of the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face.

Who protects DMZ? ›

Typically, an additional firewall will be responsible for protecting the DMZ from exposure to everything on the external network. All services accessible to users on communicating from an external network can and should be placed in the DMZ, if one is used.

How many soldiers are at the DMZ? ›

There are no troops in the DMZ itself (except in the JSA), although both sides of the 4-kilometer strip of land separating the Koreas are the most heavily armed in the world.

What is nearly impossible to do along the DMZ? ›

The “demilitarised zone” (DMZ) is a 4km-wide swath of land that cuts across the Korean peninsula from east to west. Highly militarised on both sides, with soldiers from both countries guarding their respective sides, it's filled with landmines and barbed wire meant to make it virtually impossible to cross.

Where is the Bridge of No Return located? ›

Bridge of No Return

Why do the South Korean guards hold hands in the military conference room on the DMZ? ›

Why do the South Korean guards hold hands in the military conference room on the DMZ? South Korean soldiers hold the hand of the one unlocking the door in the conference room to reduce the chances of North Korean soldiers pulling them into North Korea.

Is the JSA in North Korea? ›

Panmunjeom is located in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), 50 kilometers north of Seoul. This is where the Armistice Agreement was signed on July 27, 1953. Panmunjeom is within the Joint Security Area (JSA) secured by UN and North Korean military and is beyond the jurisdiction of North and South Korea.

How long does it take to get to the DMZ from Seoul? ›

It takes approximately 1h 47m to get from Seoul to DMZ Tours, including transfers.

How far is Seoul Korea from the DMZ? ›

The DMZ is a no-man's land about 30 miles north of Seoul that was established in the 1953 Korean War Armistice Agreement.

Can you cross the DMZ? ›

The DMZ is lined with barbed-wire fences, minefields and armed sentries. Few North Koreans who defect to the South do so by crossing it directly (most go through China), and it is even rarer for a defector to return that way.

What do you wear to the DMZ? ›

While DMZ tour has no dress code, JSA imposes a dress code. Visitors should not wear casual clothing. Basically, when dressing for JSA tour, choose clothes that you would wear to meet your girlfriend's or boyfriend's grandparents for the first time.

Do you need passport for DMZ? ›

More importantly, visitors are required to bring a legitimate form of identification and/or passport when going to the DMZ.

Can you visit the DMZ in South Korea 2022? ›

The DMZ area is located 60 km from Seoul and can be visited with the DMZ train or a private guided or group tour.

Can you visit JSA? ›

Yes , as the JSA is managed by UN community , the tour is only available on certain days with limited seats

What does DMZ stand for? ›

In computer networks, a DMZ, or demilitarized zone, is a physical or logical subnet that separates a local area network (LAN) from other untrusted networks -- usually, the public internet.

What does DMZ stand for in Korea? ›

demilitarized zone (DMZ), region on the Korean peninsula that demarcates North Korea from South Korea. It roughly follows latitude 38° N (the 38th parallel), the original demarcation line between North Korea and South Korea at the end of World War II.

Does anyone live in the Korean DMZ? ›

It lies within the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). The village is about 1.6 kilometers (1 mile) south of the Bridge of No Return, and 12 km (7.5 miles) from the city of Kaesong, North Korea. As of 2018, the village has 193 inhabitants.
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Daeseong-dong
Korean transcription(s)
Population (2018)193
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What happens if you get caught escaping North Korea? ›

If the defectors are caught in China, they are repatriated back to North Korea, where rights groups say they often face harsh interrogations and years of punishment, or even death, in political prison camps (such as the Pukch'ang camp), or in reeducation camps (such as the Chungsan camp or Chongori camp).

What is the punishment for leaving North Korea? ›

North Korean refugees who flee to China are often later forcibly repatriated back to North Korea by authorities, and are routinely beaten and sent to prison camps after repatriation. This is because the North Korean government treats emigrants from the country as defectors.

Why can't south Koreans go to North Korea? ›

Citizens of South Korea require special permission from both governments to enter North Korea and are typically not granted such permission for regular tourism except in special tourist areas designated for South Koreans.

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