Finally I’m writing about my DMZ tour in Korea. It was a great tour and I’m very glad I went. I took the USO tour and please be careful with their payment method, email me if you want to know more. I loved the part when the US army take over the tour because the English of the Korean guide was really…hard to understand.
Took the subway to the USO office to start the tour, the office is conveniently located, easy to reach with subway
After an hour, we arrived!! First stop was the 3rd tunnel. I’ve read some comments on the net that it’s not worth going and I really don’t understand. I think this is a must visit!
The tunnels were dug by the north Koreans for their attacks to south korea, a total of 4 tunnels were found but they believe there are 20 more that they still haven’t discovered.
It’s too bad they don’t allow photos inside the tunnel. The tunnel is really deep down and actually the north Korean had already dug into the south Korean side. They said the north Korean troops could arrive south korea within an hour thru this tunnel.
One point to note is, there is a monorail we could take to go down and up but because our tour guide didn’t book it, we had to walk. The walk was crazy, I don’t recommend for elderly. Make sure they book the monorail. It’s very steep and it’s the kind of walk that is depressing, it seems never ending and it’s slope all the way, u can’t rest!!!
This was how they dug the tunnel, it’s all manual and everything by hand. I imagine a lot of lives must have sacrificed to build them…l
There are mines everywhere so no visitors could visit the area without a tour bus.
Next stop is the Dorasan Station, the train station that supposedly could take you to north Korea. Of course services of the train has been suspended indefinitely due to the tensions between the 2 koreas
You could buy a ticket to walk around the station
Facing the north side!
Arrived Camp Bonifas, the US army checked our passports and gave us s brief on the history snd current situation. Then we changed to another tour bus to goto the JSA area
Finally!! So excited to see the little blue houses that we always see on tv!!!
Behind the blue houses is north Korea!! You can also see their solider spying on us!!
There were 2 tours from south Korea at the same time and one US solider guide one tour and they were both cute!! Personally I think the one who guided my tour was cuter…….hehehe
Inside the blue house
This line divides north and south
This is the cute US solider I am talking about. What do you think?
Village in north korea!
North Korea!!! I was lucky to be able to take these clear photos of the flag flying nicely. I was told because the flag is so heavy at 500 pounds, it does not always hold.
Bridge of no return, for returning war prisoners, once you cross the bridge, there is no return.
And this is the end of the tour. I was so happy I took this tour and next time I will visit the JSA area from the north korean side to hear their story.