One of the main reason for my visit to Korea this time, besides catching up with my ex-colleagues, was to visit the DMZ.
If you are planning a trip there (DMZ), you can actually buy a ticket from one of the many tour agencies located in Level 6 of Lotte Hotel.
I found went for lunch at a random shopping mall before heading to Lotte Hotel. The pork rib soup was surprisingly delicious!
When I got there, I was told by one of the random agencies I visited that prior reservation of five days is required if you want to purchase a tour ticket. I went away very dissapointed as that was the agenda of my trip and I did not have five days to wait!
While at the lobby, I googled on my phone for alternative sources for the tickets. I found that the American embassy actually sells the tickets too but they were closed that day.
I decided to go back up to try another agency. This is when I realised that there are actually two types of tickets / packages to the DMZ. If you want the full package which includes visit to Camp Bonifas, the Joint Security Area and Freedom House, there is a need of five working days prior reservation and it applies for all tour agencies regardless of which you visit. If you have less than five days in Seoul, book online before you arrive.
There was another package which you can purchase the day before but it brings you to only the fringe areas of DMZ. I bought that package as a consolation.
Oh. Do take note that if you are going to the DMZ, be prepared to set aside almost a whole morning and afternoon. The package starts around 8 am and ends around 330 pm. The "full package" which includes tour at the JSA ends around 5 pm.