Korea DMZ Cash Price Increase As of October 1, 2014 With USO and Koridoor

A s part of my unintentional trip around the world, I plan on visiting the Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area — the area along the border between North Korea and South Korea — on a tour operated by the United Service Organizations Incorporated and Koridoor.

According to a notice I received via e-mail message, the civilian cash price of the tour will increase from $80.00 to $92.00 as of October 1, 2014; whereas the military cash price will increase from $40.00 to $46.00. I am not in the military nor am I an immediate family member of the military; so I must pay the $92.00. The credit card price of 96,000 South Korean Won for civilians and 48,000 South Korean Won for civilians will remain unchanged.

I cannot save money by paying by cash because I will not be able to give the payment in person by the end of the day on September 30, 2014; so I guess I will have to pay the extra twelve dollars. If you plan on participating in this specific tour and paying in cash — or if you know someone in Seoul who will go to Camp Kim just south of the main train station to pay on your behalf until you can pay that person back — it needs to be done before October 1, 2014.

For a brief period of time, I had thought about visiting North Korea; but I would most likely have to go through China to get there. It was also quite expensive — the total cost of such a trip with transportation would be at least a couple of thousand dollars and at least three days.

Perhaps another day.

Although I have never been to where the Berlin Wall used to stand in Germany; I have visited Cyprus — a country which is divided with a guarded border, similarly to the Koreas. I briefly crossed the border into Northern Cyprus — unrecognized as a nation by other countries with the exception of Turkey. Nicosia is currently the only divided capital city in the world. I intend to post photographs and a trip report of Cyprus in a future article.

I also intend to post photographs of my upcoming visit to South Korea; as well as to the Demilitarized Zone and Joint Security Area — also known as the DMZ and JSA.


3 thoughts on “Korea DMZ Cash Price Increase As of October 1, 2014 With USO and Koridoor”

  1. Glenn (The Military Frequent Flyer) says:

    Brian, actually you can visit (technically) North Korea on the Panmunjom tour. They will let you go to the side of the treaty building that rests on North Korean soil so that you can say you have been to North Korea. Of course, you could always run across Panmunjom into North Korea, but you probably don’t want to do that. There’s a reason they call it the Bridge of No Return.

    1. Brian Cohen says:

      I already knew that, Glenn (The Military Frequent Flyer) — but it would be difficult for me to count those few minutes as actually visiting North Korea…

      …and as for running across Panmunjom into North Korea — well…let’s just say I only want to visit North Korea for a couple of days on a leisure visit and not for six years of hard labor…

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