We booked ourselves a full day DMZ tour and coincidentally Abraxis was in town that weekend too so we all got ourselves booked on the same tour.
Our first stop was Imjingak Park where they have various photos from North and South Korea during the civil war.
Ribbons with writings of the peoples’ hope of a possible reunification some day.
This once stands the railway line that you could head over to North Korea where now it is not allowed.
A bullet ridden train from the Korea civil war.
Bridge of Freedom….
The Park is now also a popular weekend spot of Koreans to hang out too.
The mascots for the DMZ area.
The 3rd Tunnel (Dorasan Observatory)
The 3rd Tunnel was discovered on October 17, 1978. It is located 52km from Seoul. It was estimated that it took approximately an hour for 10,000 soldiers to move through the tunnel. When this tunnel was first discovered, North Koreans insisted it was made by South Koreans in a plot to invade North Korea. However, this theory proved eventually to be false.
When on the DMZ tour, listen to instructions. They have very strict instructions on when you can take a photo and where you should take your photos. If you don’t listen to instructions, there is a risk that they would ask you to delete the photos/videos on the spot if caught.
The supposed view of the North Korea but everything was so hazy that day, we would not see anything.
Dorasan Station that connected South and North Korea.
Restored and ready to be used to travel to North Korea but it is now closed as North Korea has once again closed its borders through this railway.
Here you can buy some North Korea alcohol for your souvenir or some DMZ grown chocolate covered soy bean for 3000Won too.
A quick lunch back at Imjingak Park
Then we joined another group for our afternoon at JSA tour to visit the Panmunjeom.
First up was a video in side the JSA building, you are not allowed to take photo of the building when you first arrive but allowed when the whole tour is concluded.
Finally at the famous blue buildings where the truce talk was held.
North Korea side immediately used binoculars to check us out when we arrived.
Soldiers wear sunglasses to avoid eye contact or cause any provocation with the North Korea army.
Right behind this locked door would be North Korea.
This is the concrete slab that separates North and South Korea.
Memorial site where the Axe mruder incident took place.
Bridge of No return where the North and South exchange POW but right now, this place is no longer accessible.