The Third Tunnel, Paju
Categories: Historic Sites, Tourist Spots
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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If you are pressed for time, I'd suggest skipping this. We did it as part of a package, but I would not do it again. Basically you walk 300 meters down a really steep slope to the main tunnel and have... read more »
Hard to imagine the detailed tunnel schemed built by the North Koreans and makes you wonder what else they may have in place.
This is one of the tunnels built by North Korea to iinvade South Korea. Its existence was reported in 1974 by a North Korean defector. The Third tunnel is arch-shaped with a total length of 1635 metre... read more »
The tunnel has a separate exhibit and video which explains the history behind it. Displayed in Korean, English, and Chinese. I thought both were well-done, although it was a bit crowded. The tunnel is accessed using a separate access tunnel to descend 76 meters. It is quite steep and is difficult and possibly dangerous to some (especially the elderly, preganant women, those with heart or breathing conditions, etc) because of the hike down and up. Oxygen is pumped down into the tunnels, but again, could be dangerous to some with conditions. Isn't bad otherwise, just a bit wet and cramped.
Decent but the JSA is better but if you can do both then it's good.
Make sure your tour of the DMZ takes you here & to the Joint Security Area (JSA) to get the full experience and appreciation for the tension between North & South.
This is the place where the South Koreans found the tunnel of the North Koreans. You can actually walk a bit of the tunnel, but be aware that it will be a long walk down and up and the air is not the best down there, also it is crowded. But still impressive how far the North Korean came before someone found them. Other than the tunnel you can watch a movie about the separation and possible unification, but this is really more of a propaganda movie. Not worth watching.
Went while stationed in Korea. Very informative. The hike down and up was brutal, glad I did it.
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