Wanna travel to the Korean Demilitarized Zone to see the border between North and South Korea? DMZ is the world’s most protected border since the Korean War. Nearly following the 38th parallel, the zone is roughly 160 miles and 2.5 miles wide. The history of DMZ was originally from the end of World War II. Once the land was given up, the Soviets moved in which is now North Korea and United States moved in which is now South Korea. The current border now follows. It is heavily militarized with barbed wire fences, land mines, listening posts, and troops lining the zone.
When my husband and I were planning for our Korea Trip, the first thing that came into our minds was to visit the border between North and South Korea. The highlights of our tour was to look across the DMZ from the Dora Observatory, visit the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Imjingak Park, and Freedom Bridge. It was a very interesting tour as we discover so many facts about the Korean Demilitarized Zone. The DMZ can only be visited with a tour guide and no independent visits are permitted. I advice everyone who wants to visit DMZ to book their tour in advance for security reasons. They also have a dress code because the North Korean Soldiers have been known to take photos of poorly dressed tourists to use in propaganda that other nations are too poor to afford proper clothing.
A railway station situated on the Gyeongui Line which is used to connect North Korea and South Korea. Located 56 kilometers from Seoul and 205 kilometers from Pyeongyang. The station was opened as a tourist attraction on April 4, 2002.
It is on the South Korean side of the 38th parallel situated on top of Dorasan and the observatory looks across the demilitarized zone. Tourist can catch a glimpse of the North Korean State through binoculars.
THIRD INFILTRATION TUNNEL
The incomplete tunnel was discovered in October 1978 following the detection of an underground explosion in June 1978. It took them four months to locate the tunnel precisely and dig and intercept the tunnel. So far, a total of four tunnels have been discovered but they believed that there are twenty more. Now, the third tunnel serves as a tourist site but still, it is heavily guarded. Photography is not allowed in the tunnel.
IMJINGAK PARK AND FREEDOM BRIDGE
It is located on the banks of the Imjin River in the city of Paju, South Korea. The park has many monuments and statues regarding the Korean War. It was built for those families who are unable to return to their hometowns because of Korea’s division. Imjingak is where the Freedom Bridge lies. It is a former railroad bridge which was used by soldiers returning from the north.
This memorial holds many painful memories of separated families during the war. It is also a place used to comfort South Korean people separated from their families in North Korea. Memorial services are held here during Lunar New Year and Korea’s major holidays.
My overall experience with this tour was very informative as I have so many questions in my mind regarding Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. This tour definitely gave me a great insight into the political situations of the past and the present. I highly recommend this tour for everyone who wants to see and experience the most protected border in the world. The tour was well-organized and everything was on time.
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