Camp Bonifas
Camp Bonifas
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The American base at the demilitarized zone.
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por2gis88
Pawtucket, RI44 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Solo
There is a really heavy feeling driving to the DMZ.. once your a few miles close to it your driving thru a village of farmland.. it’s very scenic and nice but we all know it’s far from being nice. You can see warning signs on barbed wire fences along the road. Once you enter the DMZ that’s when you feel like.. “damn this is real” .. the whole experience being on the North side and the South in one of the buildings they “hold meetings” you just really can’t help feel so tense and heavy just even the tension between the guards.. it was all surreal.

It was definitely an experience I never felt before; to just see how everything was, the atmosphere, the reality of it all.
Written 18 January 2020
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Mr C
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Jul 2019
Camp Boniface is a base with the DMZ. It is guarded by South Korean and US troops. Can only be visited as part of a DMZ tour, but must include the JSA. The tour guides are left behind and army take over as the guides. We had a couple of young American privates, who had to wear sunglasses. A very important political site on the Korean border.
Written 15 August 2019
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Lottelli
Wirral, UK2,942 contributions
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Jun 2019 • Couples
This is within the JSA. You just visit here as it was so interesting and like nothing else I’d experienced before. You can go into one of the small blue rooms and actually go into North Korea. The USA military soldiers were absolutely excellent.
Written 16 June 2019
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Been a few places
Epsom, UK1,075 contributions
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Nov 2017 • Couples
This is the main place on interest for most people wanting to take a DMZ tour - the opportunity to experience first hand the tension between the two Korean forces. It is bizarre and exhillarating at the same time.

On arrival you met your serving military guide on the bus (we had an America soldier) and are directed to a large room to be given a safety briefing where you sign a disclaimer recognising that this is a war zone. After having the life scared out of you, you return to the bus to head into the JSA and the famous blue buildings. On the bus you pass through a couple of kilometres of the DMZ, seeing farms and people who live there going about their business.

Entering into the South Korean administration building you emerge facing the blue UN buildings which traverse the border. You are reminded only to look forward and to only take photos in the forward direction between two distinct points. It is all very tense. You can photograph the blue buildings and the North Korean buildings. After a photo stop and a few stories of North Korean soldier's antics (which happens while the tour group ahead of you is inside) you are then taken into the blue building itself. Half of the room is soldiered by South Koreans, the other by North Koreans. The N Korean soldiers don't look real, rather they look like wax work models. However, look closer (don't get too close as you will regret it) and you can see them breathing. You can walk over to the North Korean side and officially be in North Korean terroritory right in the middle of the DMZ.

A fascinating and slighty unnerving experience, and the closest most people will come to the North. Back on the bus you can breathe a sigh of relief that you survived and back at the main camp buy a few souveniers to mark the occasion.
Written 21 October 2018
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Dirk_Schmoker
London, UK584 contributions
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Aug 2018 • Friends
An absolute must do if you’re in Seoul. Make sure you book the JSA and DMZ tour otherwise, if you book the latter, you’ll be going back to Seoul at lunchtime and missing out on the most amazing experience. A guide on a bike tour told us that trips to the JSA can be cancelled at a moments notice, sometimes as the coach is pulling up to the gates of Camp Boniface, so the atmosphere is already a bit tense. Camp Boniface is the “entrance” to the JSA. As it’s a live border, the US Army are very strict about what you can and can’t do - clothing (see my picture for what my tour company allowed), a briefing, the security waiver, telling us when we could and couldn’t take photos. Sadly there were no North Koreans soldiers out that day, our US Army soldier guide said they rarely are when tours arrive on the South Korean side as they hate them, but we could see shapes moving around in doorways and behind tinted window.You are on the border for no more than 10 minutes but it is so worth it. Didn’t see the Bridge of No Return due to security issues which weren’t elaborated on. Such a fascinating tour which is equal parts exciting and nerve wracking at the same time!
Written 12 August 2018
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WilliamWillieWilson
Nashville, TN1,609 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Family
At Camp Bonifas, you’re getting incredibly close to North Korea. But this is only the appetizer to the main course. It is certainly of interest to see where the soldiers are stationed, but pushing deeper to Panmunjom gets much more intense!
Written 16 July 2018
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chitownsam
Chicago, IL2,033 contributions
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May 2018 • Couples
Named for one of the two soldiers killed in the axe murder relating to the poplar tree trimming. This is covered in the short film in the JSA building
Written 16 May 2018
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wenlong3788
Bacolod, Philippines1,827 contributions
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Oct 2017 • Family
It was a surreal experience stepping into this place as this is the middle ground of the ongoing war between North and South Korea. Although this is called demilitarized zone, this is one of the most militarized area in the world. Camp Bonifas includes these freedom houses (blue-colored houses) where peace negotiations are held between the two parties alongside the UN. Must visit for those who can.
Written 8 November 2017
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lasvegasfreeway
Las Vegas, NV1,130 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2017 • Couples
This is the sole reason why I booked the DMZ/JSA tour.

It is all about coming to this location, and stepping inside the "blue building", so you can step into North Korea.

This is no joke, you have to sigh a waiver form, you MUST bring you passport, there is a dress code, and various rules as to how you must act.

With that said, you will be in the blue building for around 5 minutes in total. You will then step back outside and face the "North". It is here that you can also take pictures. But of the "North" only. No picture taking of the "South".

When I was there, there was one North Korean soldier outside. He is referred to as "Bob".

There is also a 10 minute briefing before you aren't to this site.
Written 30 September 2017
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CoisDeZweed
Bergen op Zoom, The Netherlands854 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
This is the place where the South Korean/UN forces and the North Koreans are only a couple of meters apart from each other.

This site has a great historic and current value. It really is impressive.

Join a JSA tour to see it.
Written 22 July 2017
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