Minimum Pax: 1
Time Required: 09:00
time is flexible according to local circumstances.
Course: Hotel - Hotel
President or Koreana Hotel- Unification Observatory or Imjingak
Park - Lunch - ID Check point - Camp Bonifas (Slide show and
Briefing) - JSA Tour (Freedom House, Conference room, Bridge
of No Return, Ax Murder Incident Area) - Hotel
President or Koreana Hotel
If you come to President or Koreana
hotel on your own for the tour, The price is KRW 85,000
bring your passport on your tour day.
When you arrive at Conference room, do not touch any equipment
such as microphones or flags belonging to the communist side.
- Do not speak with, make any gesture toward or in any way,
approach or respond to personnel from the other side.
- Sometimes military or other official considerations prevent
entry into the joint security area.
- Casual clothes such as ripped jeans, sleeveless shirts,
mini skirt, short pants, military cloth, exercise
clothes, round neck t shirt,and
sandal(slippers) are not permitted in the tour area.
- Shaggy or unkempt hair is not allowed either. -
cameras with over 90mm zooming lens are not allowed.
- Children under 11 years are not allowed. - Tour time is flexible according to local circumstances.
- While on tour if any program cancelled according to unexpected
local situation, no refund will be provided.
JSA The JSA
resembles a square measuring about 800 meters
in diameter. After the Armistice Agreement was
signed, the JSA became a neutral location where
the guards from both sides were allowed to move
about freely. It was the only place in the DMZ
where the MDL was originally not cleared marked.
That changed after North Korean guards murdered
two UNC officers with axes on 18 August 1976.
After the Ax Murder incident, the MDL was marked
within the JSA, and that marking system continues
until today. Today, the only place where border
crossings are allowed is inside the conference
buildings of the Military Armistice Commission(MAC).
The MDL in the JSA is marked with one hundred
and twenty-six 1 meter-high white stakes, along
the boundary line a 10-meter interval. In the
rest of the DMZ, the boundary is marked with MDL
Markers. Each side owns six guard posts in the
JSA and on more than thirty-five armed guards
can be present on each side. The JSA is a venue
for exchanges and negotiations between the North
and South. All kinds of political and economic
issue, cultural conferences and Red Cross meetings
are held in the JSA.
is located inside the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ),
and it is the most forward location in the DMZ
that can be visited by civilians.
The administrative address is Kyunggi-do Paju-si
Jinseo-myun Neolum-li (for the South Korean portion),
and Kaesung-jikhalsi Panmun-joon Panmunjeom-ri
(for the North Korean side).
Although Panmunjeom is the common name of the
area, the official name of the negotiating site
is the Joint Security Area (JSA).
Panmumjom is located in the western portion of
the 155-mile long DMZ on the Military Demarcation
Line (MDL) and it demonstrates the great sorrow
of the divided country.
Panmumjeom is located 62 kilometers northwest
of Seoul, the capital of South Korea, and 215
kilometers south of Pyongyang, the capital of
North Korea, 10 kilometers from Kaesong.
Gak is the main building managed by the North
Koreans in the JSA. It is located about 80meters
north of the Freedom House. It was constructed
in September 1969 and is used as an office and
command post for the North Korean guard force
and as a stand by room for MAC meeting attendees.
It is also used as a place for propaganda and
instigation activities directed against the
South. Every August 15th, a mass propaganda
rally is held in front of this building under
the name of the "8.15 Pan-National Rally".
The "Bridge of No Return"
The "Bridge of No Return" is located at the west
end of the JSA and is bisected by the MDL. In
front of the "Bridge of No Return" is also where
the tragic Ax Murder Incident occurred in 1976.
Before the incident, the "Bridge of No Return"
was the only pathway connecting North and South.
Currently the bridge is blocked off with a wall
on the North Korean end. Today, that route goes
via the "72 Hours Bridge". The Brige is called
the "72 Hours Bridge" because North Koreans built
it in three days. The "Bridge of No Return" got
its name from the prisoner repatriation operation
after the Armistice Agreement was signed . The
prisoners were exchanged across this bridge and
given a choice to either cross the bridge to return
to their original country or to remain on the
side of their captors. However, once they crossed
the bridge, they were not allowed to cross back
to the other side and hence the name the "Bridge
of No Return". The numbers of the prisoners exchanged
from 5 August to 6 September 1953 were 13,444
UNC and 82,493 Communist troops. The guard posts
on each side of the bridge were the setting for
the popular korean movie "JSA".