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the Demilitarized Zone in Korea
the Demilitarized Zone in Korea by Rick Chapo
Unless you have been living
in a cave, you already know about North and South Korea. Well, why not
visit the demilitarized zone between the two countries.
|The Korean War has to be
one of the longest in the history of man. While I don't know whether that
it necessarily true, it has to be up there on the list. Why? Well, it officially
The Korean War was one of
those indirect wars between the USSR and United States during the Cold
War era. Although the countries never officially went to war, they would
do battle indirectly through other countries. Korea was one such place.
The intricacies of that war are beyond this article, but the important
thing is to understand how it all ended. It didn't!
In 1953, hostilities stopped
and negotiations began. An agreement could never be reaches, but hostilities
did not restart. The end all of the process was you now have a demilitarized
zone dividing South Korea and North Korea. The zone is little more than
a mile wide. There are no troops in it, but plenty of land mines and other
nasty things. On either side of the zone, there are troops. Lots of them.
|The rather odd thing about
the Demilitarized Zone is it has become a tourist attraction. There is
no fighting whatsoever. As such, you can take tours where you learn the
history of the war, the negotiations and how things stand now. You can
also take a guided tour up and down the line from which you can see North
Korean troops on the other side of the zone. Your guide will tell you not
to waive and so on, but then does it himself. It is all so surreal, it
is a bit difficult to take it all in.
One of the more odd elements
of the visiting the zone is actually getting there. You can sign up with
a variety of tour companies. They will then take you out to the zone along
the Freedom Road.
Pay attention as you traverse
it. Things go from a lively country to near silence as you approach the
zone. It will make your skin crawl.
Obviously, visiting a demilitarized
zone is not for everyone. If you are looking for something different, however,
this definitely fits the bill.
|About the Author: Rick Chapo
is with NomadJournals.com - makers of rugged travel
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It was also one of the host
cities for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, and is the center for international
conventions in Korea. Administratively, it is designated as a Metropolitan
City. On November 14, 2005, the city officially announced its bid to host
the 2020 Summer Olympics Games.
|Busan Metropolitan City,
also known as Pusan, is the largest port city in the Republic of Korea.
With a population of about 3.65 million, Busan is also South Korea's second
largest metropolis, after Seoul. The densely populated city is situated
in the narrow Nakdonggang valley, with mountains separating some of the
Busan was the host city of
the 2002 Asian Games and APEC 2005.
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Offering high quality service
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||Daegu, also spelled
Taegu, officially called Daegu Metropolitan City, is the 4th largest city
in South Korea after Seoul, Busan, and Incheon. It is the capital
of Gyeongsangbuk-do province, although it is not legally part of that province.
As with South Korea's other metropolitan cities, Daegu's government reports
directly to the national government.
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Daegu has a number of popular
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a mountain that has many trails, Buddhist temples, a Korean War museum,
and a gondola ride to the peak. Palgongsan houses many historic Buddhist
temples including Pagyesa and Donghwasa. Dalseong Park sits inside a 1500-year-old
earth fortress. Duryu Park has many walking trails, sports facilities,
and a large amusement park. Additionally, the Woobang Tower is located
in the park at the summit of Duryu Mountain (131 m above sea level).
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woodblock edition of the Tripitaka and one of the world's oldest extant
complete collections of the Buddhist scriptures. Haeinsa is located in
Gayasan National Park. The historic city of Gyeongju, the capital of the
ancient kingdom of Silla is located southeast of Daegu.
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Featuring a friendly hospitality
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