North and South Korea have not yet signed a peace treaty since the war in 1950 when the North Koreans attacked Soul on a Sunday. They have signed an armistice agreement, which means that both the sides have decided to stop fighting and they have agreed to have their forces moved 2kms on either sides from the Military Demarcation Line. The Joint Security Area is an area in the DMZ where tourists are allowed in but after extensive checks and reservation. But the JSA primarily still remains a place where the talks between the Koreas take place.
Seoul is just around 50kms away from the DMZ. It seems that the South Korean Government had given it a serious thought and even tried to move the capital further down South because of the constant threats from the North Koreans. But now, the South Koreans are so used to the North Korean threats that it doesn't even pop up in their Sunday morning chit chats.
|Check posts on the way to the DMZ|
|Barbed and electric wire fence on the way to the DMZ|
|Lot of check posts were unmanned. And we are banned from taking pictures of the soldiers.|
|There is a village very close to the DMZ (see the pic below for the exact location of the village)|
The Liberty Bell, the Freedom Bridge is housed inside a park called the Imjingak.
|The railroad running between the Koreas which was blasted during the war.|
|The engine of the train and the Freedom bridge where the POWs were exchanged|
|The pretty little brook close to the Freedom bridge|
|The Freedom Bridge which is the way to cross the Imjin river|
|The bridge over the Imjingak river which runs from the North Korea.|
|This structure houses the Liberty bell which can be rung for the Fallen soldiers for a fee|
|The Liberty bell in South Korea|
|Koreas are divided on the 38th Parallel and the 2kms on both the sides forms the DMZ. The DMZ tour doesnot take us into the actual DMZ but very close to it.|
|Notice the villages close to the DMZ! The Red line denotes the Military Delimitation Line (MDL)|
|Binoculars to view in North Korea from the South. We were able to see the North Korean Flag pole (which is the tallest flag tower in the world), the Gaseong Industrial complex buildings. Taking pictures is strictly forbidden except from this place|
|Yay! I was there at the DMZ :)|
|The station at Dorasan is just a tourist place now!|
|The tracks are ready, the station really cool. But it remains a tourist attraction until the Koreas are unified|
Thursday Challenge- Outdoors