Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day Trip

The Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) is the strip of land running across the Korean Peninsula that serves as a buffer zone between North and South Korea.  This is the most heavily guarded area in the world.  This area is 1 hour from Seoul.  Up until today, I thought no one was allowed to go there.  I thought you would be shot or captured by the North Koreans. 

Well, we watched a Globe Trekker DVD tonight on South Korea and you can actually take tours of the DMZ!  School kids take field trips there and everyone is allowed to go.  But, you have to go with a specific can't just go on your own.  You get to see all the soldiers from both sides, and go into some of the buildings. 

One building that you can go into actually has a line drawn on the floor and it goes up over the table and down the other side.  This is the actual border line that seperates the North from the South.  This is the only place that you can safely cross over and enter North Korea.  Craig works with a guy who has adopted 3 kids from South Korea and he took this tour and is encouraging us to do it.  We are taking the tour!  It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to say that you've actually been in North Korea!

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