7

I wonder whether I can go to and visit the Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) by myself, i.e., without some tour operator.

I am mostly interested in the 3rd tunnel, and its neighboring sites such as Imjingak Park, the Unification Bridge, the DMZ theater and exhibition hall, the Dora Observatory, Dorasan Station, the Unification Village, the Amethyst Center, and the Joint Security Area.

enter image description here

Can I simply drive there, park the car and look around? If that matters, I have the French nationality.

I plan to stay on the South Korean side.

  • Have a look at this it seems like this is not possible. – drat Mar 14 '16 at 3:38
  • I don't think you can walk alone in North Korea – IAmJulianAcosta Mar 20 '16 at 15:26
  • @IAmJulianAcosta Sure I meant the South Korean side. – Franck Dernoncourt Mar 20 '16 at 15:33
7

You can park at the Imjingak pavilion / Imjingak Pyeonghoa-Nuri Parking lot:

enter image description here

It costs around 2 USD for the full day.

The number of tourists has recently decreased due to recent North vs South tensions, so hopefully it should be easy to park.

After you park, you can purchase an entrance ticket, which comprises shuttle (without which you cannot cross the bridge between the parking lot and dora station) and mini-train:

enter image description here

Only the access to Panmunjeom (which includes the Joint Security Area) requires some authorized toured guide (example 1, example 2, example 3).

(Disclaimer: I haven't tried it yet, will do in 2 months I successfully did it in May 2016)


Some maps to locate the main areas of interest:

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

enter image description here

Google Maps:

enter image description here

enter image description here

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.