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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  • August 16, 2017
    Overall I enjoyed the third tunnel but it is a taxing hike back up to the top of the tunnel. Crazy to think of how much time it took to build that.  more »
  • August 11, 2017
    Our walk inside The Third Tunnel is a very good experience and exercise for me. It was 400 meters downward, with aircon system and wood benches provided along the way. The facility was also provided w...  more »
  • August 6, 2017
    If you book the tour, book the Grand Tour in any case, that includes all program points that are open to the public. The third tunnel, in the, you can descend with a mini bullet of kind of train, is pretty impressive. You can find out here a lot about various attempts to attack North Korea's Seoul.
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  • June 2, 2017
    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.
  • July 6, 2017
    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.
  • June 10, 2017
    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
  • June 14, 2017
    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!
  • May 16, 2017
    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.

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