For History Buffs
DEMILITARISED ZONE (DMZ)
A heavily militarised stretch of land separating North and South Korea, the DMZ is an iconic symbol of the tension between the two nations. A half-day tour starts at Imjingak Park, where war monuments – along with bullet-riddled tanks – are a sombre reminder of the Korean War in the 1950s.
I liked going down the Third Infiltration Tunnel – discovered just 52km from Seoul, it’s believed to have been created by North Korea to move thousands of soldiers underground. Another highlight of the tour is the Dorasan Observatory Tower, where you can catch a glimpse of North Korea over the border. Bring along your passport in case they ask for identification. Getting there: Most hotels and hostels offer bookings for DMZ tours (prices are from 40,000 won), so get them to arrange one for you.