Panmunjom

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Take a Tour of the DMZ and JSA
Because no peace treaty was ever signed between North and South Korea, the two countries are still technically at war. The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), the 4 km buffer zone between them, lies only 35 miles north of Seoul and is a must-see for first-time visitors. Opt for a tour that goes to the Joint Security Area (JSA) in Panmunjom. The JSA is located on Camp Boniface, the United Nations command post, where the Armistice Agreement between both countries was signed. From here, visitors can gaze directly into North Korea and witness guards from both sides staring each other down. They can also take a step into North Korea from within the blue conference building that straddles the border. Cosmojin and Panmunjom Tours include a fascinating Q&A session with a North Korean defector on the bus ride there. Note: for security reasons, U.S. citizens must book a minimum of four days in advance.
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