South Korea

The best demilitarized zone tours from Seoul

by Paul Stafford  |  Published March 29, 2019

It might be the world’s most visited war zone. It might not be so active these days luckily, but the Demilitarized Zone that separates North and South Korea (who have technically been at war since 1950 as they never signed a peace treaty) is a fascinating place to visit on a day tour from Seoul. If recent news is anything to go by, the DMZ is not always free from drama either, currently making this a dark tourism hotspot.

That should not be the main reason to visit however; the fact that this important regional and international conflict is still very much at the fore of global politics means you might never witness a more relevant standoff than this. With soldiers from either side guarding their respective sides of the border, a visit to the DMZ is a unique chance to see how each side deals with guarding their border separately. You can technically set foot in North Korea too at Panmunjeom, where the armistice was signed in 1953, although this area occasionally goes off limits so check before you book.