THE BOTH SIDES OF THE DMZ
I first visited the Demilitarized Zone on the North Korean side in 2008. The DMZ is a 250 km long, 4km wide stretch of land that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.
I came back 5 times there before being banned by the North Korean regim.
I visited the DMZ on the South Korean side twice in 2016 and 2017.
The both sides have huge differences but not in the way you may expect sometimes...
The two Koreas have signed armistice but not peace. The Joint Security Area in Panmunjom is called a « demilitarized zone », but in fact it is the most armed zone in the world and also a major touristic attraction both in North and South with more than 100 000 tourists coming there every year.
Photo shows: In Panmunjom, the soldiers from the two countries must remain totally static when they face the other side in the Joint Security Area (JSA).
This attitude may seem very painful but in fact, they are here only when some visitors are coming! When there are no visitors, they go back to their main building, and the place is empty.
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