Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Korea: Part 2

One of our days was spent in the DMZ (De-Militarized Zone) and JSA (Joint-Security Area) between North and South Korea. 

First, we explored Tunnel #3, which was created by either North Korea or by nature (depending on who you ask). I had never known that nature could blow itself up with dynamite. Before going into the tunnel you need the proper equipment.  

Unfortunately, we were not allowed to take pictures inside. It is just a cold damp tunnel about 2 meters high and 2 meters wide (smaller than a womp rat).

It was rainy and foggy that day so visibility was not great. Behind Staci you would normally be able to see a propaganda village in North Korea.

This is Dorasan station, which is the last train station in South Korea. It is a symbol of the desired reconciliation of the two Koreas. But...until that happens it will not get much use.

We are actually inside one of the buildings shared by North and South Korea. We got a quick picture while on the Northern side. 

Yes, we do realize Staci looks like she may be eaten by this nice South Korean soldier.

On the South Korean side of the JSA.

Staci and Atra with some South Korean soldiers.

These soldiers were much friendlier. 

This was a very unique experience that is not for everyone. Before considering going you should ask yourself these three questions?

1. Do you like being issued commands and/or threatened with violence?
2. Do you enjoy being screamed at in a foreign language?
3.  Do you like being crammed into tiny spaces for extended periods of time?