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Panmunjom, Paju

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Visit Panmunjom, the only accessible destination in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the Cold War's last frontier. The deserted village now features the Joint Security Area (JSA), where the two governments on the Korean Peninsula occasionally meet for talks, and soldiers stare across the border at each other. The setting for the signing of the 1953 truce between the two countries, the JSA remains a dangerous place, with the two countries still officially at war. As a place of historical intrigue and a contemporary anomaly, the site leaves an impression long after you've left. Book your trip with a tour company well in advance, and pay close attention to their strict dress codes and rules about behavior. To visit Panmunjom and get the most from your holiday in Paju, create itinerary details personal to you using our Paju itinerary tool .
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  • Up-close with the scene one day from Seoul joined the tour, such as news had eyes, felt extremely tense. North Korean soldiers with binoculars watching here and now and the Korea Army's fine, watching the North. Is about 1 hour away from bustling Seoul, Korean war still still in the truce that comes here to see.
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  • This is the place for nearest war "continues". Location, however, is that you share the tourism along North and South Korea said. When the soldiers of the north side will be lucky if the number varies depending on the case, many stayed.
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  • Visiting the Demilitarized Zone (aka DMZ) between North and South Korea was quite a bizarre experience. Yet it was one of those bizarre experiences that I would certainly recommend to anyone traveling...  more »
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  • What an experience. There are some rules to follow and you can't go wherever you want but you can take pictures (which really surprised me). You can usually see a DPRK soldier guarding the place from the other side and you can walk a few steps onto the northern side within one of the conference buildings that you're led into by the guides.
  • Once you arrive in the area, US military officer will takeover your tour bus and impose strict martial law. Whatever your nationality or opinion towards US government, you better obey the rules. These guys are no joke they can slam you over the border to the north if they will. All the rules are for the safety of everyone. Only in certain area camera are allowed. Enjoy the tense experience, it is second to none other than crossing the north itself. Feel free to ask any historical question about this place and how it feels when in rare case someone cross to the South in this very place. Respect the guard, they are not UK Queen's Guard, they are real guard.
  • The staff is not nearly as friendly as it's next door neighbor "Home of Peace". If you roll up unannounced and start running around, don't expect a warm welcome. I would give only one star but the grounds are impeccable.
  • Very impressive and weird place. The two countries are literally facing each other. One of the perks is that we can actually say that we've been to NK because we can visit the negociation room
  • Panmunjeom, the United Nations Joint Security Area, is the only point where you can actually step into North Korea with only a minimal risk of death or capture. This is the area you see in stock news footage with the blue buildings in the foreground and the large North Korean welcome center in the background. This area is only accessible via a guided tour and only after background checks and after passing through many military checkpoints. Photos are restricted in the area and may only be taken while facing North Korea. The day we visited we saw one lone DPRK solider standing on the steps of the DPRK building. Definitely a unique experience. It is surreal to see the point were the two warring nations meet.
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