Kaesong and the DMZ

Trip Start Oct 18, 2007
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Trip End Sep 09, 2010


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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Visiting the DMZ was not as interesting as I had expected. The DeMilitarized Zone was actually quite militarized but there was no tension and there were no US or South Korean soldiers. There were North Korean soldier but they were there because we were! When there are no tourists there are no soldiers standing by the demarcation line. That was strange thing to realize.

A very kind military man showed us around and we went into one of the blue buildings that are build over the line. There are 3 blue buildings that are US and twowhite ones that are North Korean. One side is in South- and one side in North-Korea. So on the inside you can cross the border with ease but if you do it on the outside you will be killed we were told. When we asked by who, the answer was the US soldiers would kill us first. But the way things looked it seemed that if I had dared to cross the line I had just gotten some verbal abuse and be hauled back.

It was a special day as the soldiers had their family visiting, the took photos with their family and it didn't for one second seem like it was a heavily armed border.
We also visited the building where the armistice was signed and some other buildings on in the DMZ and then we went for lunch Korean style.

Back in Pyongyang we went to the Metro Museum, the name is a little misleading. It should be named: "All the great things Kim Il Sung did for the Pyongyang Metro". After days of propaganda we had a hard time keeping a straight face through all of Kim Il Sung's 550 times he gave on the spot guidance during the construction of the metro system. One of his valuable instructions: "We should finish as soon as possible".....
We heard things like "He was the first hero of our metro system" and saw many chairs and tables that the Great Leader had sat on during his on the spot guidance.
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