Wednesday, August 05, 2009

Korea Trip 2009

To the north of Seoul is this curious place, Imjingak. It's on the border with North Korea. It looked like a Korean rest stop, with bus parking, convenience stores, snack bars, but also with monuments, reflecting pools, even a little amusement park. The pool is in the shape of unified Korea. The landscape shot shows the rail line going over the river into North Korea. The wrecked train engine is from the early days of the war.

There were fences with ribbons and banners, wishing peace and unity to the Korean people. And over the border I could hear automatic weapons shooting, as the Norks were having a live-fire exercise.



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2 Comments:

At 9:48 PM, Blogger miriam said...

You know, a friend of mine is in S Korea for three weeks the same time as you. I haven't heard from her, but I'm sure she'll have dozen of pictures when she gets back.

I enjoyed your pictures. The country is lovely.

Miriam

 
At 8:58 AM, Blogger The Western Confucian said...

Great photos. I've been to a few of those DMZ tourist places. Very weird experience.

I remember watching through a viewer as a couple of drably garbed women headed home as the sunset, probably from work on a collective farm. So close, and yet so, so far...

 

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