Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The Demilitarized Zone is the big border across the 38th parallel which separates North Korea from South Korea. It is considered the most military active and dangerous border in the world. Our trip to the border was relaxing, yet tense. Taking photographs was only allowed at set points and we had to walk in a straight line at all times. You can make pictures of the military around the border, but they do not acknowledge you being there and will just ignore you.

We received an explanation about the Korean War by an officer of the KPA (Korean People’s Army) and visited a small museum and shop on the DPRK side of the border.

An overview of the DMZ.

An overview of the DMZ. The blue buildings are aligned with the United Nations (talks are held in there sometimes) and the grey buildings North Korean ones.

The border between North and South Korea, and three North Korean soldiers guarding it. The South Koreans choose to remain inside this day.

The border between North and South Korea, and three North Korean soldiers guarding it. The South Koreans choose to remain inside this day.

North Korean soldiers keeping a watchful eye over the demilitarized zone.

North Korean soldiers keeping a watchful eye over the demilitarized zone.

 

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