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South / North Korea and a Dream of Unification

On our last day in South Korea we took a guided tour to the DMZ (Demilitarized Zone.) This is a border barrier of 4 kilometres in width, which divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It was created by agreement between North Korea, China and the United Nations in 1953.

The first thing we noticed was a single North Korea soldier standing on his side of the border facing three South Korean solders only a few meters away.

Within the DMZ lies a small blue building of which exactly half is situated in North Korea and the remaining half in South Korea. When you are in the room you can freely cross into North Korea, even if it is only by 4 meters. At each end on this modest structure is a simple door. One door will take you to the north and the other to the south. In the centre of the room is a table with 6 chairs. This is the location where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement which “paused” the Korean War was signed and where negotiations until this day take place between the two Korea’s. It was really quite surreal to be in this very same room.

The tour ends with a visit to the Dorasan train station, currently unused. This station symbolize the South Korea´s dream of unification of the two Koreas, Situated 56 km from Seoul and 205 km from Pyongyang (Capital of North Korea), it is described not as the last station from the South but the first station towards the North.

There is a dedication site from Germany with a digital clock showing the time when Germany was split and then reunified. Beside this is the Korea clock ticking away until the two Koreas finally meet again …

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