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South Korea: The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)

The DMZ is a relatively short drive from Seoul. It is definitely worth a visit if you happen to be in Seoul and have half a day to devote to a tour. I was surprised, however, at the extent to which the South Korean government seems to use the tours for propaganda purposes and, even more, at how commercialized the place is. I resisted the temptation (which wasn't very strong) to buy a DMZ T-shirt or a DMZ baseball cap. A disappointment from the standpoint of photography is the prohibition on taking pictures in the most interesting locations (i.e., inside the tunnel dug by the North Koreans and the view across the demarcation line into North Korea).
Gateway to the DMZ. Buy your tickets here.
Gateway to the DMZ. Buy your tickets here.
From this perspective (at the gateway) the DMZ looks like a theme park.
From this perspective (at the gateway) the DMZ looks like a theme park.
Plaque explaining the Memorial Altar
Plaque explaining the Memorial Altar
Memorial Altar
Memorial Altar
Monument to assassinated South Korean officials
Monument to assassinated South Korean officials
The Freedom Bridge (also known as the Bridge of No Return)
The Freedom Bridge (also known as the Bridge of No Return)
Freedom Bridge from the South end.
Freedom Bridge from the South end.
Freedom Bridge
Freedom Bridge
Fence at the end of the bridge festooned with t-shirts, ribbons, etc. left by visitors.
Fence at the end of the bridge festooned with t-shirts, ribbons, etc. left by visitors.
Guard house as seen from near the bridge.
Guard house as seen from near the bridge.
Bridge on the railroad from Seoul to Sinuiji (which stops at the DMZ for now)
Bridge on the railroad from Seoul to Sinuiji (which stops at the DMZ for now)
Train headed north
Train headed north
Theater showing a short film about the DMZ near the 3rd infiltration tunnel
Theater showing a short film about the DMZ near the 3rd infiltration tunnel
t1%2f96%2f94696%2f4%2f53028710.DSC_2413a.jpg Exhibit in a small museum
Exhibit in a small museum
Exhibit showing North Korean laborers digging the infiltration tunnel
Exhibit showing North Korean laborers digging the infiltration tunnel
Sculpture symbolizing reunification
Sculpture symbolizing reunification
Looking North on a foggy day
Looking North on a foggy day
The North, through the fog
The North, through the fog
Dorasan Station - end of the line for now
Dorasan Station - end of the line for now
Dorasan Station
Dorasan Station
Dorasan Station
Dorasan Station
DMZ baseball caps for sale at the souvenir stand at Dorasan Station
DMZ baseball caps for sale at the souvenir stand at Dorasan Station
DMZ T-shirts at the souvenir stand
DMZ T-shirts at the souvenir stand