Seoul, South Korea, May 2017: having sat through a 20 minute video presentation, the chronology of the Korean war, it’s time to step outside for a breath of fresh air. Still under the watchful eyes of soldiers the group is allowed to wander around taking in the wonderful scenery but at the same time experiencing an eerie sense of danger! yes, just a short distance from here there is a murderous regime of oppression and control, poised, their tanks pointing in this direction. A radio station perched on the hill here continuously transmits in the direction of North Korea – propaganda echoing across the valley interspersed with a K-pop song. Yes, even PSY’s Gangnam Style is used to annoy those within earshot! Gunfire also echoes across the valley, originating from the camp here – target practise day possibly or just reminding the opposition of a South Korean presence.
Below, another sneaked photo. Here is the South Korean side of the DMZ fence. To the right is ‘No Mans Land’. To the left of course is South Korea with the radio station perched on the hill top and a look out post in the foreground.
An old railway bridge constructed in 1935 and said to be the first electrified railway line anywhere, remains as a relic of the past. A few more photos around here are possible with cameras pointed away from the DMZ area. A couple of helicopters rumble between the hills giving one a sense that this place really is on the fine edge of danger with North Korea. Yes, this is the real, raw DMZ alright, an experience like no other, a surreal sense of eeriness and danger!
And with the return 2 hour ride back to Seoul Station, that completes this little tour of the DMZ. Its a great experience, I’d recommend it to anyone with a sense of adventure. There are no hoards of international tourists on coaches, so I guess this tour is only available via the DMZ train, known to Koreans and with tickets purchased on the day.