Thankfully, I looked up the difference between the JSA and the DMZ tours otherwise I would have been so disappointed. If you just take the DMZ tour, you won’t get to step foot into North Korea and that is the whole point (at least it was for me!) Who doesn’t want to say they stepped foot into one of the most dangerous places on earth? That’s right, probably most people, but…I am not like most.
The DMZ only tour does not take you to the portion of the DMZ called the Joint Security Area, where both the South and North Korean soldiers stand face to. Panmunjeom is on the demarcation line between North and South Korea. Inside one of those light blue buildings is the Joint Security Area that is utilized by the two Korea’s for diplomatic engagements and, until March 1991, was also the site of military negotiations between North Korea and the United Nations Command (UNC). This place is an eerily beautiful place, where you know that at any moment something really bad could happen, but I still say it’s a must see if you are visiting South Korea.