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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. Using our world travel planner, Paju attractions like The Third Tunnel can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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Where to stay in Paju

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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  • Booked a half day DMZ your due to unexpected government cancellation of some points in full day. History of constant threat of war is a must see. The pain of a nation devised by tyranny of an oppressi...  more »
  • It was surprising to know how the tunnel(s) came about. The walk in the tunnel was great. The fact that it is about 27 storeys deep was mind boggling. It was well preserved and in good condition for v...  more »
  • Seeing the third tunnel is a unique experience. Walking down there is a steep slope and it is extremely tiring walking back up! If you may have an issue with this or simply just don't want to walk up ...  more »
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  • Interesting to see the DMZ and the history of the Korean war. The tunnel is a good hike down and is damp and humid in the summer. Pictures are only all in certain areas. There is a little video to watch and a bit of a museum. Hike back up the tunnel is challenging if you are out of shape. 350m at an 11 degree incline.
  • The place's story as told by the tour is very compelling. But once you get there, it can be a bit underwhelming. Visitors have to walk for quite a while down to the actual tunnel. Once inside it is cramped and there are usually a lot of tourists inside.
  • Nothing to see, you go down to a tunnel, if you are as big as i (1.84cm) then you will have a bad time. Unfortunately the tunnel is really low and i got so much back pain to see a iron door.. Fully retarded
  • A sobering and fascinating monument to a stillborn attempt at an ingenious invasion by the North Koreans. The appetite for war and domination is palpable and is quite nauseating here. The trip down to the tunnels convinced me that I wasn't claustrophobic but I was thrilled to be able to be in the belly of the Earth and sip from a fountain that was merely a stone's throw from a noman's land strewn with mines. Just imagine that: mines in a mine- that's Minecraft!
  • North Korean dug secret tunnels to infiltrate south. Here you can watch an 8 min film giving brief history of war and tunnels. Few of them were discovered in 70's and tourists are able to walk thru a section of tunnel 3 for about 265m. It may seem easy but walking back a 356m ascend could be exhuasted for some. I enjoyed it.