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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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  • September 30, 2017
    Anyone can visit this place. Next to the North Korean people, and so North Korea on the starting point. If you want to see at least once to visit, visit your local travel agent associated with NIS can only learn to be picky.
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  • September 30, 2017
    1 hour's drive from Seoul. Head in the panmunjeom tour company's buses. You're looking for a building across the Panmunjom, North and South, which one enters from the South side at the meeting. Building in the North and South can come and go. Korea soldier stands in front of the door on the north side that will not go back more than he, if warned "exile" and recognized from the North went out, open the door. That doesn't seem that usually there is a North-South both soldiers and guarded during the visit of tourists standing Korea soldiers and protect the safety of tourists. Both North and South in conditions of an armistice during World War II that currently seems to be correct. Becoming the natural treasure for this Panmunjom area civilians can not enter it. Can remain so the only natural because of the war, would be quite thought-provoking. Lunch was at Bulgogi shop on the way home. You can only Panmunjom tour at 15 o'clock back to Seoul and then to spend time. Why not spend the whole day knowing history is, of course, but it also recommended panmunjeom tour
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  • September 30, 2017
    We booked our combined DMZ-JSA tour with Viator, no problems, well organised, on time, with a well spoken English language guide. The JSA tour part was after lunch (unfortunately the lunch was awful, ...  more »

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Paju offers a large amount of hotels for its visitors, with all brackets represented across the diverse urban area. Look close to the river for some of the spa and retreat options, along with hotels and guesthouses boasting luxury rooms and river views. In the urban center to the north, you'll find a good deal more standard hotels and budget options. Still, many more people head to Paju to see its sights (primarily the DMZ) on a day trip from Seoul.
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