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Where in the world-- Being Humann at the DMZ

April 09, 2012 05:39 PM | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Demilitarized Zone is a misnomer, in that you would be hard pressed to find anywhere in your travels more militarized than the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), between North and South Korea. Guns are everywhere. Barbed wire fencing stretches next to highways and rivers, through woods and over mountains. Lookout towers abound, with young soldiers stationed to watch for signs of imminent attack. Truckloads of these soldiers go up and down the roadways all day and night. Bunkers are carved into the sides of hills, and several concrete road bridges that you drive under are set with dynamite to be blown up at a moment’s notice, to delay tanks coming down from the north in an invasion. Technically, North and South Korea are still at war, which began on June 25, 1950 and lasted through July 27, 1953, at which time a cease-fire was agreed upon dividing the peninsula along the 38th parallel.

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