KOREA - From Top to Bottom - 2012
We spent almost 3 weeks (May 23-June 9, 2012) traveling around South
Korea, exploring palaces, gardens, lava tubes, cave systems, museums,
fortresses, tombs, a Neolithic village, a Paleolithic cave, an
Eco-Park, as well as many of the ancient capitals of the various
nation-kingdoms/city-states on the peninsula.
en route to the Demilitarized
The Han River is broad and wide all the way from Seoul up to North
Korea. On the South Korean side, there is a barbed wire fence along
with guard towers every 50 meters or so. The banks of the river are
swept every night, then checked in the morning for footprints.
At the border, a park with observatory has been established.
Surprisingly, a trip to the DMZ is quite popular. Most people
walk down a tunnel that was discovered through which the North Koreans
intended to invade South Korea. This 3rd tunnel was discovered in 1979,
and has been blocked off with 3 walls of concrete. Before you can
visit the DMZ, South Korean military personnel check your passport
numbers and passport photos. You also need to give them a record of
your passport. The South Koreans take security in this area very
Plaque honoring the soldiers who fought in the Korean War.
Near the tunnel through which North Korea planned to invade South
Korea, is a small place to relax. It is ringed by a fence warning
people to beware of land mines. Somehow, I don't think this
is a joke.
Note the barbed wire
This division of Korea split families and has created hardships for
both the North and South Koreans. I cannot imagine living in the very
real shadow of the threat of missile strikes or bombs every day. Nor
can I imagine not being able to see, visit or communicate with family