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So I went to the DMZ today and the JSA ( friday July 8th 2012!) So exciting! If I had a bucket list, this would be something that I could cross off.

The JSA ( joint security line) is a place shared by both North and South Korea and the UN. And to be clear, the only way you can go into the JSA is with the USO  any other tour might take you around, and show you some bells and whistles, but you will miss the crown jewel: looking and going inside of North Korea!  My suggestion is do it the right way, or don't waste your money at all. 

The atmosphere going there was very intense: You sign a waiver stating that you understand no one will be responsible if you die. Followed by a guided tour, and then the JSA. We were not allowed to take pictures facing the South, but could take several pictures of the North.

After that, we visited some museums as well as tunnels dug by the North to enter the South.You couldn't take pictures there either, and quite frankly, I am very claustrophobic so I wasnt focusing on that! I went with a very nice group of people, some who had previously traveled to North Korea.   There is so much I could talk about in regards to propaganda, attitudes or politics about North and South Korea, but I will leave that to another blog.

If you don't want to see the JSA and just want to see North Korea, I suggest going to my island! we have a small little peace observatory with a Great view of north Korea! The view is a lot better than the DMZ and it isn't a propaganda village! And it only cost about 2,000 won, about less than two american dollars! Fantastic!

It would be nice to come back to all the things I saw in the DMZ one day and actually when  North and South Korea reunited and remember the day that I wasn't allowed to!

Please enjoy the pictures below!  as always ask questions!

[caption id="attachment_897" align="aligncenter" width="300"] These guards are trained in several martial arts, and are always standing in a fighting stance. If you touch them or get too close, they will attack.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_898" align="aligncenter" width="300"] Bridge of no return[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_899" align="aligncenter" width="300"] North Korean guard watching us[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_900" align="aligncenter" width="206"] The door in this picture is to North Korea. It was locked and you could not move past the guard.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_901" align="aligncenter" width="300"] The tour allowed us to visit the closest open station connected to the North.[/caption]

[caption id="attachment_907" align="aligncenter" width="300"] North Korean propaganda village located within the DMZ[/caption]

{Kime Says}


  1. What an irreplaceable learning experience. I hope you are doing well.

  2. Thanks so much! you too!


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