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The Third Tunnel1
The Third Tunnel2
  • Location

    Paju

  • Address

    210-358, Je3ttanggul-ro, Gunnae-myeon, Paju-si, Gyeonggi-do

  • TEL

    +82-31-940-8526 (Tourism Promotion Center), +82-31-954-0303 (DMZ ticket booth)

The Third Tunnel Walking Tour Route: Encounter the History of the Division
  • Discovered in 1978, the third tunnel is 1,635 meters long, 2 meters wide, and 2 meters high, creating sufficient space for some 30,000 soldiers to move through the passage every hour. When the “closest tunnel to Seoul” was found, North Korea claimed that the South had dug it in order to invade the North across the border. However, the claim was obviously false as the traces of explosions during the digging of the tunnel only face south. Facilities have been installed at the tunnel to allow group visitors from home and abroad to explore the underground passage by foot or via an elevator with the help of a guide. It is possible to enter (on foot or by monorail) the 73-meter-deep underground pathway, but it takes less time to walk it than to wait for the 30-seat monorail as the queues can be long. Before entering, visitors to the third tunnel are required to leave all their belongings in lockers. Taking photos is prohibited, and safety helmets must be worn.

  • After listening to the guide’s instructions, visitors can start exploring the walkable distance, which spans about 265 meters. The tour takes around 30 minutes, and visitors are recommended to keep order due to time constraints.

    Please note that some people (the elderly, people with high/low blood pressure or respiratory conditions, fragile, drunken or disabled) may be prohibited from entering the tunnel as there are steep, narrow inclines.