Korea is known as a country of rich culture and of great history, but the fact still can’t be denied that it is a divided nation. With that, the DMZ Demilitarized Zone is established as a barrier that divides the North from the South and as a negotiation buffer to both sides. Military activities are strictly forbidden within the site, but there is a great news to those who wanted to explore and experience a different kind of tour, the DMZ Demilitarized Zone is open for tourists to explore but under several conditions. The DMZ extends from Gyeonggi-do to Gangwon-do, and several different cities, so one must plan ahead in which particular region of the DMZ you’ve been wanting to explore because there are so much to see. As of Gyeonggi, there are so many places you shouldn’t miss out such as restaurants, resorts and even observatories where visitors can view the city of Pyongyang, North Korea, and the surrounding places of the other side. Few of the most visited locations within the Gyeonggi area are the 3rd Tunnel, Imjingak Resort and the JSA (Joint Security Area).
The 3rd Tunnel or 3rd Infiltration Tunnel is a 1,635 meters long tunnel dug by the North Koreans to spy on South Korea, but was unfortunately discovered. It made a beautiful effect on the other side. It became an inclusive tourist attraction complete with a DMZ Video Hall, sculptures, gift shops and more. The Imjingak Resort, provides an exhibit of different sculptures , relics and monuments dedicated to the Korean War. Lastly, the JSA or the Joint Security Area, is the venue of Military Armistice Conference, where blue and white huts can be found, as administered by the United Nations Military and North Korean military as well.
Security Tourism programs are available in specific areas, so there is no harm or precurring threats to civilians who wanted to explore the most confidential area of the country. Visitors must abide with the rules and conditions set for the DMZ tours, so no further conflicts might arise.
*photo source: https://blog.naver.com/mica874/220349523897
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