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North Korea (Part III)

Postado dia 30 de abril de 2016

I hope you are enjoying to read about my experience in North Korea. Here is the third and last part of these posts.

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We went also to the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ), the border between North and South Korea. It is here where the greatest propaganda had been taking place. In the blue houses seen below were where negotiations and meetings between North and South Korea took place. Meetings can be tense and we could see North and South Korean soldiers looking through binoculars on every movement. As tourists we were not allowed to step over the border and we were also warned to behave tactfully.

Entrance into the DMZ

Entrance into the DMZ

In the event of war the columns in the photo will be blown by explosives so that the horizontal beam will fall on to the ground and prevent South Korean tanks from entering into North Korea.

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Photo taken with a North Korean officer.

Photo taken with a North Korean officer.

South korean soldiers guarding the border. My south korean friends told me that all south korean males have to serve a compulsory 3 years of military service. Men who were 180cm in height and more were selected to be at the border. All part of propaganda to show the north korean soldiers how tall and burly South Koreans were. There were stories of how South Korean soldiers were abducted across to the North. Thankfully nothing like this happened during our stay. I had the priviledge to visit DMZ again a few years later from the South Korean side.

Photo of spyder and me before leaving Pyongyang.

Photo of spyder and me before leaving Pyongyang.

Every meal we had were in restaurants and with beer. Considering how poor the country was, we couldn’t help but wonder if the food was donated by the UN for the people suffering in hunger.

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Tell me what you think about North Korea. It was a very different experience of travelling, but I liked. Does somebody went there before? Do you want to go there?




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