The division of North and south Korea happened after world war 2. Japan had ruled the country for 35 years. When Japan finally surrended Korea was left with no goverment. The US and Soviet Union agreed to step in and help korea politically. It became that the US occupied the South and the Soviets occupied the North. However tensions rose over a unified country and arguements over the countries political status. As they couldnt come to an agreement the country remained divided. These high tensions led to North Korea invading the South on June 25 1950 which led to the Korean war which lasted for just over 3 years. From this the DMZ was formed.
Thats me by the D haha.
The DMZ (demilitarized zone), the divide of North and South Korea. It is 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide, both sides heavily guarded. Withing the DMZ is the joint security area where negotiations take place. Solidiers from North and South guard this area. Soldiers wear sunglasses so not to make eye contact with each other.
This is a landmine warning sign. Scattered all around the DMZ. South koreans have accused the North Koreans of planting these but they have denied. It has been said that wooden fragments from exploded mines had paint on them used by the North. North koreans have argued that if there is no video evidence then they would not be held responsible. I hope this sign was for show we were pretty close to it.
This is the 3rd infiltration tunnel dug by the North koreans from North korea to South korea. It was discovered in 1978. 1 of 4 tunnels discovered. We were able to walk so far through this tunnel. It was low and narrow with an eerie feeling knowing soldiers were in this very tunnel digging their way to South Korea.
Where the yellow markings are are holes which were made to put sticks of dynamite in.
This is as far as you can go. This is the 3rd blockade to stop any North koreans coming through. If you look in the 2nd picture you can see the 2nd blockade through the window. An even more eerie feeling here.
This is North Korea….
There is a row of telescopes here. What I could through the telescope were scattered villages a lots of farm land. No cars or movement was seen. You can clearly see the North Korean flag which stands on a blue tower. It stands taller than the South Korean flag which is a few miles to the right. This is said to be because the North want to be better. The North Korean flag stands within a new looking village. White houses with blue roofs. Its not a real village, No one lives there its purely for show for people who visit and for people looking on likes us, hiding the ‘real North korea’ behind propaganda.
Next stop was dorasan station. Before the divide this was a functioning station that headed to pyeongyang the capital of North Korea. When the divide was permanent the station was shut down and closed off. However in 2002 the station was reopened. The tracks were restored and a new station rebuilt, everyone in hope that they would be able to use the train one day but it was only used for freight to travel back and forth to a village called kaesong on the Northen border. Again tensions rose in 2008 and North Korean government blocked off the station on the their end.
Only sign in South Korea that says pyeongyang.
The freedom bridge was built for the prisoners of war to walk along back to freedom after being released from North Korea.
Now the entrance to the bridge has a wall which has thousands of ribbons, pictures and messages from South Koreans for reunification or messages to their families who are in or have died in North Korea.
Messages from South Koreans.
There are also thousands more along the barbed wire fence.
This train was derailed by bombs in the korean war as it was travelling to the capital of North Korea with war materials. It is covered with over 1000 bullet holes and the wheels are bent. An important symbol of the tragedy of the war.
You can see all the bullet holes.
North Korea remains a country away from the world. People live there in poverty overworked and many starving. There are many prison camps where if someone does anything wrong them and their families will be sent to prison camps as slaves. The president kim jong un brainwashes his people into thinking their country is the best and they need to live like this to build a prosperous nation and blocks them from the outside world. Hopefully one day their lives will be better.