S.Korea, DMZ, Joint Security Area, 3rd Tunnel

Taking a trip to Panmunjeon and 3rd tunnel is a realisation of how war can seriously tear families apart. The trip is worth visiting if you are in Seoul, except this is an organised guided tour. Check with the licence tour agents with the hotel you stay or with any of the Tourists Information Centre on the available dates and time about the trip because trips can be cancelled when tensions between the 2 countries built-up.

The tour agency will pick you from your hotel. You can choose a whole day package or half day package. If you choose 1-day tour, lunch will be included before moving to the next destination. The 3rd tunnel climb is not recommended if you have weak heart because it is a very steep climb back up, not easy if you have heart problem. We choose the 1-day package which includes the tour of the 3rd Tunnel. The explanation from the UN guide is very thorough.  Prior to the trip, I know so little about Korean War.  I am very glad that the trip has made me look at the 2 countries differently and wishing that the 2 countries will one day be united again just like it was before the war. Speaking to any Korean, they too believe that it will happen someday, but not sure when…

 

 

overlooking North Korea .. the most reclusive country in this planet..

 

 

rail line between the 2 countries, Dorasan Station is the last stop….let’s hope this rail will commute soon and families between the 2 countries will get to meet before it is too late..

 this was built to host the unification of the 2 countries families, till to-date, such unification has not materialized and families between the 2 countries are still separated… it is still left vacant and waiting for the day to come..

 soliders from the North guarding the boarder and eyeing at the South.. do they know we are tourists watching them from afar??…

 

the Blue House, it is still very highly guarded by the soldiers from both sides, all standing on their turf on full guard.. inside the Blue House, one side is North, the other side is South.. it is so hard to explain the feeling of standing inside this tiny Blue House where major negotiations between the North and South happen…

 

everyone wants to take a photo with the solider, on the left is South, on the right is North.. we only have 5 minutes in tiny room and we are not allowed to speak loudly .. is a mixed feeling to be inside this tiny Blue House..

on the left is North, on the right is South.. this is how the 2 countries are divided here …

the propaganda town in the North. It has it that the town was design to look exactly like the South .. it looks like No Man’s Land … but the North Korea flag is flying high …

Bridge of No Return.  It was know that after the war, people were given a choice to go back to North or stay in the South, this is the bridge dividing the 2 countries when the fence were up dividing the 2 countries…. Looking at this bridge from afar made me feel so sad for the families who are separated till today.

Till today North and South Korea is the only country in the world technically separated  as 2 countries. The war had separated families from the North and South. If unification drag longer, families who are separated may see it even harder to meet as the older people passed on and younger Korean will have no attachment to relatives on both sides of the peninsula.

 

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