Meaningful tripReviewed by: Brenda, 2016/09/01
We barely see only ONE North Korea soldier at the JSA borderline (though I expected more). Nevertheless, the entire journey was very pleasant and the guide Kim explained well on the history of North Korea and he is hilarious! Lunch is good too.
perfect time tableReviewed by: simon, 2016/06/04
Early morning departure and around 14pm back in town, more time is left for other sight seeing opportunities! Most tours spend a whole day which is not necessary. This one will do. Our Guide had humor, wise and took good care of us.
Great, funny guide, excellent experienceReviewed by: J.L., 2015/08/11
Our guide, "Handsome" Mr. Kim, was an absolute delight to have! Very funny, and gave the commentary an insightful frankness into North-South relations. The experience itself was extremely rewarding and almost surreal given the geopolitical circumstances surrounding the JSA. Overall, staff were very helpful and the tour proceeded smoothly.
Just do it to say you did it. That's why I went.Reviewed by: shewhomustnotbenamed, 2014/11/20
It's........ all right. Everyone says "JSA IS THE BEST! DON'T GO ON A DMZ TOUR WITHOUT THE JSA!!" So I went on the JSA-only tour, and it... was... kinda hilarious to me. Which is bad considering this is the place where you're supposed to be, "Wow, the tensions between South Korea and North Korea! The soldiers are having such a close staring contest! Except you don't know who'll win with those sunglasses on!" But. I was in marching band. We were legit. And we worked closely with ROTC too. So, basically, that's all I saw with the soldiers staying still. It's like the Korean version of going up to British soldiers and seeing how far you can go without them laughing or beating your ass. When we got to the room where half of it is North Korean territory, I literally dramatically stepped onto the other half of the room, and went, "Ahp. Whelp. That was my $90. (Guess it's cheaper than a plane ticket though.)" Anything else on the tour was all right. Food was pretty good. Our tour guide had a really thick South Korean accent, so I hardly understood him, and trying gave me a headache, so I basically ignored half of what he said--but the old people on the bus enjoyed his humor about his good looks (which... sounds kinda mean now that I think of it). He had thick-rimmed glasses which amused me though, because almost every guy there does. But, yeah, JSA. Do it if you want to say you did it. That's all you're spending money for.
Started out late but enjoyed tour anywayReviewed by: Marie, 2014/10/26
Our tour guide, Mr Kim was informative but the tour started 45 minutes late and there was no explanation. The lunch was authentic and delicious but quite rushed due to the late start and some traffic issues. We were not able to visit the Bridge of No Return and we are not sure why this was but we did go to JSA which was our primary interest. It was tense at times but everyone followed the rules so no one was shot. The gift shop was interesting and Mr Kim pointed out sights along the way home. All in all it was a unique experience and we would certainly do it again
I'm glad I wentReviewed by: Cookie, 2014/05/14
It was bad weather on the day we went but are guide was extremely detailed with his explanations and I learned a lot.
I'm glad I went.
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It was goodReviewed by: Osaka-goningumi, 2014/05/14
I went with five friends. Just like the details say, our guide's explanation was easy-to-understand and made for a fun tour. But the Bridge of No Return (?) was under construction and we couldn't go, unfortunately. I think next I want to go on the DMZ tour with the tunnel and go to the Bridge of No Return (?).
The meals were a little disappointing... well, I guess they're okay for people who are like, ""well, it's free so it'll do.""
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Participated in Hanmonten tourReviewed by: *Mayu*, 2014/05/14
We’d thought of Hammonten tour plan for a long time. At last we participated in it on 31th Aug Fri, 2013.
So far we always had chance to know North Korea just through the news from TV. This time we actually stepped into the boundary of north and south, seen expressly with my eyes.
You might have a note of caution for clothes to participate in the tour, but now it is not so strict.There were Korean soldiers to check our dress code on our bus, guarding the safety for the bus as well. We were on service of International Cultural Service Club this time and it prepared for some spare clothes in case for those not suited for the dress code.
Then, got to Hanmonten,
I was not so nervous as I’d expected.
The tour conductor, always talking about the history of South and North in gentle tone, raised its voice at one time.
“Don’t stab a finger toward the North (Korea)!”It was a note of caution the mentioned before, but one of the participants unconsciously did that.
Then, the tour conductor raised the voice “Just I said before not to stab a finger! Never do that!”
I felt kind of expression of the tension between North and South.
According to the explanation, finger pointing seems like pointing a gun as a finger can’t be seen clearly from far point (North Korea).
In Hanmonten, the tour conductor told me “Don’t go behind the soldiers! They’ll think you’ll go into exile.”
On this tour we had such a real chance to hear these unfamiliar words in daily life.
At the beginning, I mentioned “I was not so nervous as I’d expected.”, but if you have an idea to participate in the tour, we believe that you have to feel nervous enough, and please make sure not to bother local tour conductor.
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