Trip to the DMZ

CONTRIBUTED BY VICTORIA BURGAMY

Okay so I’ve been living in South Korea for two years and now that we have one year left we are trying to get everything off of our  list of “must do” in Korea…

Korea DMZ countryside -- Koreaye.com

As we sat in the bus driving out of Seoul you could see the buildings getting smaller and the traffic starting to thin out. The landscape became more lush and spread out. I knew we were getting closer to the DMZ when all the fences to the water were covered in copious amounts of barbed wire. Next we started seeing guards keeping their eyes open for any signs of suspicious activity.

As we walked toward the conference room we walked in a building that was constructed as a meeting place for North Koreans and South Koreans family to have a reunion. Sadly it’s never been used because the North Koreans won’t let anyone over.

Korea DMZ conference room --Koreaye.com

You can actually stand in North Korea while in this room. While we were listening to our guide he directed our attention to the window, which I was standing RIGHT next to, and said, “There are North Korean Guards looking in here please feel free to take their photos!” 

This is my friend below with a nervous smile she let me snap a picture of her. When I went to give her my camera to get one of me the guards had walked off.
(My husband said he’s been on this tour a few times now and has never had the NK come peeking in the windows!)

Korea DMZ guards pictures -- Koreaye.com

Korea NK guard camera -- Koreaye.com

 NK with his Canon… he shot me and I shot him!

Korea DMZ guard bw -- Koreaye.com

Korea DMZ guard attention -- Koreaye.com

Here is a view of NK with their flag and buildings. Some of these houses have painted on windows and doors.

Korea DMZ North Korea view -- Koreaye.com

This memorial is for those who were attacked by North Korean guards in 1976. While supervising a work party, North Korean guards murdered two United Nations men with axes. They were only trying to trim a poplar tree. After that they had to chop down the tree and leave a stone in it’s place.

Korea DMZ memorial -- Koreaye.com

The Bridge of No Return was used for prisoner exchange in the end of the Korean War. The prisoners had a choice to remain in whichever country they chose. Once they made that decision it was final and could never return.

Korea DMZ bridge of no return -- Koreaye.com

Everywhere you go in Korea, you will always find some sort of “character.”

Korea DMZ characters -- Koreaye.com

SK has discovered four tunnels from NK. We got a chance to walk into the third tunnel deep down under ground while wearing protective head gear. When we went to go down we had to leave our cameras. I left my phone, purse, and camera in a locker as I approached NK… never thought I would be doing that in my life!  After walking all the way down you get to a hole in the wall that literally has a camera on the NK side pointing straight at you… I think they don’t want you to take photos so that people will want to go down and take a look. I didn’t see what all the hype was about…

Korea DMZ sign -- Koreaye.com

One more view of NK

Korea DMZ North Korea mountain
-- Koreaye.com

Korea DMZ see you again sign -- Koreaye.com

One thought on “Trip to the DMZ

  1. Sarah says:

    I highly recommend a tour of the DMZ to anyone living in or visiting Korea. It will help you get a much clearer picture of modern history and current events. Great article Victoria!
    I know you can line up a tour with the travel desk at Dragon Hill Lodge. Are there other places to go through?

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