There's a lot of history that comes along with the DMZ. Many people believe that the Korean war is over...but in reality, it really isn't. There is still tension going on between South and North Korea and although many hope for reunification of the peninsula, that may never happen. The tour guide that we had yesterday said she has a brother but she doesn't know where he is. She knows that he's in Korea but whether North or South, she doesn't know. We went to the Freedom Bridge, Imjingak, the 3rd tunnel and an observatory deck that looked out to North Korea. The 3rd tunnel was actually pretty awesome. It's one of the four tunnels (that South Korea knows of) that North Koreans dug to Seoul in hopes of capturing South Korea from its capital.
We had North Korean style bulgogi at the site. I honestly couldn't taste the difference but I was told that there is a difference. Anyway, some pictures would help this post a lot...here goes!
North Korean style bulgogi
Na Young trying to be cute with the bulgogi
Chris and I in front of a memorial
In front of a bell at Imjingak
Freedom Bridge plaque
Other international students and me at UoS on the Freedom Bridge
Ribbons and pictures on the Freedom Bridge hoping for reunification
One of the statues in front of the Freedom Bridge
Having fun in front of the 3rd Tunnel
South Korea built a train station at Dorasan (there are no trains yet) in hopes that one day reunification with North Korea is possible and that a train could go through North Korea from Seoul and eventually go to China, Russia and end in several European countries.
It's called the Trans Eurasian Railway Network. It would make exporting goods a lot faster.
Waiting for our train to Pyeongyang...North Korea...one day!
Hope you all enjoyed this post. I would take the liberty to research about the tension between North and South Korea if I were you - it's quite interesting and some of the stories are just heart-wrenching. Till next time!