Published: October 8th 2009October 3rd 2009
First Sight of North Korea
On the tour we saw North Korea from a distance, NO IDEA how the reporters "wandered" into North Korea, no way possible near Seoul
DMZ Tour..... most would say what is that? We thought the same thing and weren't really interested at first then our curiosity got the best of us. Since we are Americans we can't go to North Korea, but then again why would we want to. It is such an unknown area and also the government does so many cruel things to its citizens we learned more while in Seoul from fliers being handed out in the streets.
We figured it would be a once in a lifetime experience and this is what this whole year in Asia is about. We learned so much more about the Korean War than either of us remember being taught in school. I personally don't remember much being taught about this war in grade, middle or high school. Unsure if the US Govt wants it that way or why we were not taught about this war. We were not allowed to take pictures in the tunnel but it was a great time going down then seeing what they had dug out and blasted out with dynamite. The North Koreans even put fake coal powder on the walls to tell the South Koreans they were looking
Memorial for those family members lost from the Korean War
for coal. Quite Clever, it took North Korea some time before they admitted they dug them.
Over 3 millions Koreans died during the 3 years this war went on and it sparked an interest that I know want to study or read more about the war.
South Korea has grown and developed into such a prosperous country while North Korea is a communist run country that is very private to the outside. South Korea is very proud and had built up their country so much since the war ended back in the 1950s. It was in ruins after the war and so much has been built up. Samsung, Hyundia, Kia are just a few of the major brands that we all have heard of. There were NO AMERICAN cars on the roads in Korea that we saw for 7 days, they are very Korean proud of their brands. Samsung even builds cars there called Genesis and they are pretty high end cars. All the foreign teachers we asked about American cars said they had never seen one in Korea.
This was a great tour and I encourage anyone who travels to South Korea to experience yourselves. I
Steam Engine of train
This train broke down in the Korean war and is a National Symbol in South Korea
highly recommend visiting South Korea if you ever have the chance. With my experience in Asia, Korea is more like Japan in cleanliness, development and cost of living. Japan is VERY expensive and South Korea was like American prices.
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