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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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TripAdvisor
  • Tunnel is like 2 miles. Like 5'5 tall so is a nightmare for tall people like me. Still very cool and unique with some real history involved 
  • Fascinating to think that these tunnels are designed to be able to swallow away entire divisions with military personnel. A somewhat demanding ride. Relatively steep tunnel and most can't piece walking upright.
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  • This is definitely one of the highlights of my trip, and is one of the main reasons why I signed up for a DMZ/JSA tour. No photography is allowed and you must leave all your belongings in the lockers ...  more »
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  • Definitely must visit place! The 3rd Tunnel was discovered in 1978 by South Korean forces. It spans over 1,635m in length, 2m in width, and 2m in height. There is small, 300m long, rack railway on site to get to the center of the tunnel. If you are a tall person be careful inside the tunnel and watch your head. Book a Korail DMZ Tour from Seoul Station to visit this place. Dora Observatory and Peace Park also included in this tour. Book in advance.
  • Must-do on a tour of the DMZ and of Korea. Shows part of the history of the war between the neighbouring Koreas. It is a little steep so make sure you have comfortable shoes on. Be careful if you are a little claustrophobic, as it narrows towards the end.
  • Worth a visit. Really drives home the tactics and fear surrounding the north-south tension. And scary to consider the number if these found...and perhaps others that haven't been. Nicely maintained with small shop selling locally made honey, chocolate, and other souvenir items.
  • Interesting to learn about but ultimately the tour itself is inside a damp, crowded, drippy tunnel with low overhead. If you're on the taller side (175cm+) expect to hit your head multiple times. Thank goodness for the hard hats! Pretty much the only thing of interest to see down there is the end, where they've sealed it off and placed some defensive elements below the mdl. You'd be better off looking at pictures, it really isn't very interesting. By no means should you go in the height of summer or winter, when the temperature will exacerbate the misery below.
  • Interesting to hear about the tunnels. We were rushed through the museum (it would have been good to have another 10-15 mins here). The tunnel itself is small and cramped, and deep underground - you have to walk (ascend and descend under your own steam). It's cool seeing the end, but they were playing some weird elevator music (musac) at the end of the tunnel.