The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is a weapons-free buffer zone between North and South Korea established in 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed during the Korean War. The zone has been protected from human disturbance for about 6 decades and has unintentionally become a haven for wildlife, making it a popular destination for nature lovers.

DMZ Travel Tip
Many places are located beyond the Civilian Control Line and as such, are not open to individual tourists. To enjoy the DMZ comfortably, sign up for a travel package.

Panmunjeom(JSA) is only open to visitors traveling with approved tour agencies. More importantly, visitors are required to bring a legitimate form of identification when going to the DMZ.

Panmunjeom (Joint Security Area)

  • Most notably known for the peace talks that were held here on October 25, 1951 and on July 27, 1953 when the Armistice Agreement was signed.
  • Surrounded by the JSA is the only portion of the DMZ where North and South Korean forces stand face-to-face.

Third Infiltration Tunnel in DMZ

  • Discovered in 1978, it spans over 1,635m, and is located 52km from Seoul.
  • Estimated that approx. 30,000 soldiers could get through the tunnel per hour.
  • Since 2002, the site began admitting visitors after establishing the modern DMZ Visual Hall, symbolic sculptures, and souvenir shop.

Pyeonghwa Nuri Park

  • Pyeonghwa, literally meaning peace in Korean, the park was the site of the 2005 World Peace Festival.

Freedom Bridge

  • The bridge is a symbol of a return to freedom.
  • There is a wall covered in wishes for the unification of North and South Korea.

Steam Locomotive in Jangdan Station

  • Bombed during the Korean War, it had been left within the DMZ.
  • Restored and moved to its current spot, it became a symbol of the South-North division of Korea.

Dora Observatory

  • Located at the northernmost point in South Korea, the observatory allows visitors to get a closer glimpse of North Korea.