A glimpse into North Korea

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With the whole Trump-Kim summit ongoing in Singapore right now, I got reminded of my trip to Seoul, South Korea where I visited the DMZ and got a little glimpse of North Korea from the borders! The trip was made possible with FuntasticKorea (now rebranded to Indiway). You can purchase tour tickets from there and it’s a super quick and easy process.

Looking at how things are now with Kim Jong-Un, I'm thinking the DMZ is soon going to be a thing of the past in the next 10-20 years? If you want to take a glimpse of it, you should take a tour there soon!

dmz tour
north korea dmz tour
It was an extremely foggy day in Spring when we visited so the pictures aren't great but hey, more reasons to visit in person right! The first stop was Imjingak Park. The park was built with the hopes that someday reunification would be possible. Plenty of monuments in the park - hopeful notes left by citizens, a rusty train which was used to connect the North and South and you can see the Freedom Bridge from there as well.

north korea dmz tour
north korea dmz tour freedom bridge
We also went to the 3rd infiltration Tunnel - a tunnel made by the North to infiltrate the South. We took a round trip all the way down to the tunnel, right to the border of North before going back up. 

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North Korea right there.
My favourite got to be the Dora Observatory where you can look through binoculars and get a glimpse of their Propaganda Village and it's also the place where they blast K-Pop music towards the North. The Propaganda Village is known as the Peace Village where the North claims that there are over 200 families living there but there were reports from the media saying that the village's buildings are simply empty shells with lights turning on and off at fixed timings.

north korea dmz tour dorasan
north korea dmz tour dorasan
north korea dmz tour dorasan
The Dorasan Station. Such a hopeful place. The station is completely functional with checkpoints and security all set up, for that one day when reunification happens, this would be the station to connect the South to the North.

We passed by the Unification Village called Tongil Chon before heading back to Seoul. The village serves the same purpose as the Propaganda Village in the North. Apparently, back in the days when propaganda was effective, it was a show of wealth and to show which country is doing better by putting forth a better village.

north korea dmz tour
Fields of landmines on the way back.
I'm not sure about you but North Korea has always been such a mysterious and intriguing country and to be so close yet so far from it was a very interesting experience. 

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