Though the Korean War ended in 1953 with the signing of an armistice, the North and the South are technically still at war today. To experience the two nations’ contemporary, complicated, and often strained relationship, head just north of Seoul to the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
The 250-kilometer-long, four-kilometer-wide stretch of land serves as a buffer zone between the two nations. Due to restricted civilian access, non-military personnel can only visit the DMZ on a tour. Organized tours range from full-day visits and JSA-only tours to nature tours and tours led by North Korean defectors. All are informative and provide a unique look at what is often considered one of the most dangerous borders in the world.