Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face. HIGHLIGHTS :
* Visit famous landmarks such as the Conference Room of MAC (Military Armistice Commission), the UN Guard Post Three (GP 3) or the Bridge of No Return
* Let yourself be surprised by the best quality Jinseng Center or Amethyst Factory Outlet
* Relax on-board our air-conditioned vehicles
You can feel the heightened tension of the most hostile area in the world. Technically speaking, two Koreas are still at the state of war. JSA, or Panmunjeom in Korean, is the official conference area between the two parties. It has been renowned since an armistice agreement was signed there in 1953.
More than sixty years ago, the armistice was signed after the three year Korean War. It was intended to serve as a temporary ceasefire agreement, soon to be replaced by a permanent peace treaty, which has not yet been realised.
Can you imagine how much time it took to try to negotiate the armistice amidst the three year war? It took two years with 765 meetings! However, the signing of the armistice took only twelve minutes with no handshake, no saluting, and no ceremony. The representatives of the North Korea and the UNC (United Nations Command) were stone-faced and indignant with each other. They walked into the room from the opposite doors and withdrew using the same door respectively as soon as they signed the paperwork.
The resentfulness was just a prelude of all the shouting matches and countless fistfights at an official conference room between the representatives of two sides. Don’t you want to visit the conference row and enter the central room of the seven conference buildings? You can even step over the division line which is marked in the middle of the room.
At the UNC Guard Post Three outside of the conference room, you will find yourself surrounded by North Korea at your three sides. There you can take photos of the North Mountains and villages from the closest possible point.
You will eventually cross over what is known as the “Bridge of No Return” which was the focal point of the most brutal incident of JSA, which is called the “Axe Murder Incident of 1976”. Two US Army officers were axed to death under a huge tree. The tree had to be pruned because it was in-between two UNC guard posts, blocking the line of view between the two points. The officers were carrying shot guns on their waist belts but these were not even used. They were then brutally murdered with the axes that were intended for the tree trimming job. This is only one episode of the sixty year old tragedy of JSA.
You will have the opportunity to walk around Camp Bonifas, a United Nations Command military post; which took its name from one of the soldiers brutally murdered in 1976. This camp houses what was possibly the most dangerous gold course of all time.
Visit “Freedom House” where all negotiations between North and South Korea are still carried out, this is situated in Panmunjom “the truce village”. This is quite possibly the closest that a tourist will ever be able to get to North Korea.
Visit JSA and face in person the longest and most bitter confrontation of world history. Joint Security Area (JSA) is the only portion of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), where South and North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face.
You can feel the heightened tension of the most hostile area in the world. Technically speaking, two Koreas are still at the state of war. JSA, or Panmunjeom in Korean, is the official conference area between the two parties. It has been renowned since an armistice agreement was signed there in 1953. Meeting/pick-up point: Pick up at hotels in the Seoul area.
Drop-off location: Variable according to tour date.
Duration: Seven hours.
Start/opening time: Variable (according to military situation). JSA Tour is closed on Sundays and Mondays.
End/closing time: At 7pm.
Required documentation: Passport is required.
Others: If there's an unannounced military training or official event in JSA the tour may be canceled on the day of the tour with short notice. Anyone who suffers from a weak heart, claustrophobia, or asthmatic symptoms is not allowed to enter into the tunnel.
The restricted countries for Panmunjeom Tour:
- Asia - Malaysia North Korea, China, Hong Kong, Macau, Taiwan, Vietnam, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Burma, Singapore
-Northeast Asia - Afghanistan, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kuwait, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Libya, Pakistan, Oman, Qatar' Syria, Turkmenistan
-Europe - Azerbaijan, Belarus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Ukraine, Uzbekistan
-Africa - Algeria, Egypt, Morocco, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, Tunisia
-Arab - Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen
-Latin America - Cuba