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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  • My friends went down this. They enjoyed it, but not much to see. They were glad I didn’t go as they had to stoop and it would have been too much for my knees. Not to much to see. Better to read the hi...  more »
  • The trip down on a straight way 300 metres, then another 150 metres with a bend down head because you would knock your head... not my thing at all. In the end you look through a little whole to see a ...  more »
  • Toured the Third Tunnel -- so named as the third of four infiltration tunnels discovered under the border between the two Koreas -- as part of a larger tour of the DMZ and Joint Security Area. As a pa...  more »
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  • If you are interested in history, this is the place to check out. I was here back in 2017 summer with my family and this place was included in the 3-hour DMZ tour. The weather was incredibly hot and humid but the tunnel was chilly. Consider twice if you're claustrophobic. The man-made 250 m tunnel becomes narrower and tighter as you go down. Also, it is pretty steep. Wear the helmet that is provided and know that you can't take a camera or cell phone. Take rest on the side benches if you become tired or lightheaded (less O2 inside and a lot of tourists will be around you).
  • 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.
  • We had a good trip to see the tunnel. It is about 80 meters down but you walk a 360 meter path to get there. Pretty steep and tiring but very doable. You need to wear a hard hat due to the low height at the bottom. Worth the trip!
  • 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!
  • An interesting talk and it was interesting to go down into the tunnel. I wpuld not recommend it if you are claustrophobic or tall. Basically you walk crouched over for 75m to the end of the tunnel to see a metre thick wall of concrete.

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