Tuesday, October 19, 2010

The Korean Demilitarized Zone

Call me crazy, but the main thing I wanted to do in Korea during my incredibly limited free time was to tour the DMZ. This "no-man's-land," 160 miles long and about 2.5 miles wide, cuts the Korean peninsula roughly in half. It's also the most heavily militarized border in the world. I couldn't help but be reminded of pre-1989 Berlin.

A South Korean checkpoint.

Entering the Joint Security Area (JSA) or Panmunjom.

The Bridge of No Return where POWs were exchanged.

A view into the North from the South.

A South Korean MP stands guard in a JSA conference room. An Army PFC leads our tour.

A lone North Korean soldier stands guard.

1 comment:

mom said...

I found the pictures very moving & quite sullen. What is the building that the soldier is guarding?