In SOUTH KOREA, there are few DMZ tour places; each place has secret tunnel (dug by NORTH KOREA) and observatory.
The most popular DMZ tour place is at PAJU, which has 3rd TUNNEL and DORA OBSERVATORY. This is easily accessible from SEOUL in 1 hour because the distance is 64KM (or, 40 miles).
But, CHEORWON is farther than PAJU. Though, why do we offer this CHEORWON DMZ TOUR?
At CHEORWON, you will see and feel the real military tension between South and North Korea. For example, you might see the tanks moving along the road next to you. While your car is moving, you might hear the sound of big high-angle gun.
During the Korean War, CHEORWON changed the hands several times between the UN force and NORTH KOREA. By 1951, the front line had stabilized, cutting across CHEORWON County, and the area became part of the Iron Triangle battlefield.
Following the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement, the Korean Demilitarized Zone cut CHEORWON County into two, creating CHEORWON belong to SOUTH KOREA and another CHEORWON belong to NORTH KOREA.
A number of KOREAN WAR sites in CHEORWON County are now tourist destinations including the Second Incursion Tunnel, CHEORWON PEACE OBSERVATORY, the former WOLJEONGRI STATION (i.e., ruin at the moment) and the former WORKERS’ PARTY OFFICE (i.e., ruin at the moment).
Though you can use the private car by Korean speaking driver only, we strongly recommend you hire a guide. Without proper explanation, it is not easy to understand/appreciate the underlying meaning of this tour.
Please note that this tour is not available on TUESDAY.
▪ The SECOND TUNNEL is discovered at 800m (0.5 mile) south of Military Demarcation Line under Korean Armistice Agreement in March 1975. This incomplete tunnel is 3.5 km (2.2 mile) long, of 2 m (6 ft 5 in) maximum high and 2.1 m (6 ft 11 in) wide. It runs through bedrock at a depth of 50 (164 ft) – 160m (525 ft) below ground. It was apparently designed for a surprise attack on Seoul from North Korea, and could accommodate 30,000 men per hour along with light weaponry. Initially, North Korea denied building the tunnel. North Korea then declared it part of a coal mine, the tunnel having been blackened by construction explosions. Signs in the tunnel claim that there is no geological likelihood of coal being in the area. The walls of the tunnel where tourists are taken are observably granite, a stone of igneous origin, whereas coal would be found in stone of sedimentary origin. A total of four tunnels have been discovered so far, but it is believed that there might be up to twenty more.
▪ PEACE OBSERVATORY looks across the Demilitarized Zone. It is the part of South Korea closest to the North. Visitors can catch a rare glimpse of the reclusive North Korean state through binoculars.
▪ WOLJEONGRI STATION was a small train yard where rail stock was stored or shunted before leaving for Wonsan, now in North Korea. At the site are remains of a train used by the North Korean army which was bombed by UN forces. “The windows of the train car are twisted toward the sky and the frame and the body of the train are crooked and rusty.”
▪ WORKERS’ PARTY OFFICE was located in the territory of North Korea by the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement. Therefore, this building was bombed mostly during the Korean War and it is almost destroyed.
After lunch, you will visit another DMZ venue, called SEUNGRI OBERVATORY. This is located at more mountain side facing NORTH KOREA.
Last updated: DEC/10/2017
|US$||Items||Number of people|
|Per group||Cars by Korean speaking driver||$360||$440||$680|
|Per person||Admission fee – adult||$6|
|Admission fee – child under 13Y||$3|
|Admission fee – child under 37M||0|
|Basic Meals (option)||$10|
|Weekend Meals (option)||$20|
|▪ If 2 people choose guide + admission fee + Weekend Meal in addition to 8-seater van, the price will be $240 for guide + $320 for vehicle + [($6 for admission + $20 for meal) X 2 people] = $612
▪ If 12 people choose guide, admission fee in addition to 15-seater bus. Then, the price will be $240 for guide + $400 for vehicle + ($6 for admission X 12 people) = $712
08:00-09:50 Transfer to CHEORWON
10:30-13:00 CHEORWON DMZ TOUR
▪ SECOND TUNNEL: This tunnel was dug by NORTH KOREA and it was discovered in 1975 after 1ST TUNNEL in 1974. Why NORTH KOREA built this kind of tunnel? The answer is to move their armed soldiers very fast. Because the border is covered with many mountains, they cannot operate 4-wheel vehicles to bring the soldiers over the mountains. Unfortunately, 8 SOUTH KOREAN soldiers were killed inside the tunnel when they investigate the tunnel for the first time.
▪ PEACE OBSERVATORY: The place where you can look NORTH KOREA land and guard posts. You will realize that SOUTH KOREA and NORTH KOREA breached the agreement by building guard posts even inside DMZ.
▪ WOLJEONGRI STATION (RUIN): Until the separation by USA and SOVIET UNION upon our independence from JAPAN. The train was running through SOUTH and NORTH KOREA. Therefore, this train station is located at far north though the train cannot go.
▪ WORKERS’ PARTY OFFICE (RUIN): Upon our independence from JAPAN, the northern part of 38 parallels falls to the governance by SOVIET UNION. Therefore, the sole political party called LABOR PARTY was controlling CHEORWON until occupation by SOUTH KOREA during KOREAN WAR. While LABOR PARTY was governing CHEORWON, they don’t mind torturing, even killing people because some people refused to abandon the private property system.
14:00-14:40 Transfer to SEUNGRI OBERVATORY
15:30-16:30 SEUNGRI OBERVATORY
16:30-18:30 Transfer back to your hotel
▪ To book this tour, please click ‘Cash on delivery’ option.
▪ Then, we will advise you the exact amount and the payment method after checking the availability.
▪ If you need to come back SEOUL earlier, you can request to take out SEUNGRI OBSERVATORY. Then, you need to deduct the amount of USD40 each from the car and the guide price.
▪ We strongly recommend you take this tour not on Saturday, Sunday. On weekend, we have no choice but to get on the shuttle bus with other tourists.