The Third Tunnel, Paju

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The Third Tunnel, also known as the third tunnel of aggression, passes under the demilitarized zone between two formerly warring states. In the 1970s, South Korea discovered four out of around a dozen tunnels that North Korea had built while planning the invasion of its neighbor. Nowadays, you can still see the three concrete barricades the South Koreans built to block the military demarcation line at the site. Starting from the lobby, walk down the wide cement incline, which gets narrower and lower as you reach the original section of the tunnel. Keep your helmet on to avoid bumping your head. You can either walk in a crouching position down the long, steep slope, or take a ride on a rail system going into the tunnel. Arrange to visit The Third Tunnel and other attractions in Paju using our Paju trip builder app .
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  • The tunnel itself is not much to see but the whole concept from information about the tunnels, the decent, walk in the tunnel and final ascent was really interesting. Given that the boarder is so clos...  more »
  • Getting to the end takes a while, but you're downhill the whole way. Just before the last stretch is some spring water (you can drink from your hand or a cup that's been used many, many times). The la...  more »
  • If you book a tour make sure to have all major sights included. This tunnel is one of them! You learn to understand how fragile this truce has been in the past and still is. If you have some handicap ...  more »
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  • This is a must visit place if you are interested in the history of Korea. And it's a quite adventurous walk 250 meters down the narrow and low height tunnel. If you are cluster phobic this is not for you. Also walking back up 250 meters is not the easiest. It's well ventilated with air conditioning and also well lit up. They provide you with protective helmets before entering, no cell phones or cameras allowed in the tunnel. There are lockers before you enter the tunnel to keep your belongings safe.
  • This place is really cool! You go about 300 meters below ground and then trek a little more and you come to a point where you are about 200 meters or so from the North Korean border. The ceiling is low to the ground and I am about 6 feet tall and I had to hunch over. The hike out of the tunnel can be very tiresome for some so I would judge accordingly!
  • The third tunnel. It was a fun trip. You cover about a 5th if the tunnel. You walk down a fairly steep incline to get to the tunnel. Once you get to the tunnel, if you are 5 feet, you will spend the entire time hunched over to avoid hitting your head. Hard hats are provided as well as free lockers to lock up your items as no electronics or back packs are allowed in the tunnel. An hour is about all the time you need. The walk back can be taxing but there is a train that you can ride out on if you pay more money.
  • An interesting side tour; it could be better. Firstly, you race down with your group encountering many other groups in different states of the same tour; you feel like your the capitalist version of a response to the DPRK tunnel purported to hold 30k soldiers. Then you run along the dank, dark tunnel, see a very tiny dead end, wonder aloud if that's all there is, and then race back to the top. The walk up can feel like a slog. Then more gift shops, plastic memorials, and a tourist film. There is a monorail here, but requires a separate ticket of unknown amount.
  • Unforgettable journey... Going down the tunnel is a little bit easy, but going up is really hard. Breathing is also hard cause little amount of oxygen. You have to lowing down your back and neck. Tired but fun.

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