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DMZ

Written on: Friday November 25th, 2011

A journal entry from: November 2011 until...

Took a tour of the DMZ between North and South Korea. It was fairly one-sided - in more ways than one. 

It is a complicated and contradictory place - at once promoting unity and the superiority of the South; a terribly sad memorial and a theme park. We were told with the utmost seriousness that the villages built on either side of the DMZ as part of the cease-fire deal were called "Freedom Village" and "Propaganda Village". Please.

The large, fully staffed and functioning train station linking the south to the north was also odd. It was just like any other station in South Korea, the only things missing were the trains, or any prospect of trains in the foreseeable future (actually there are some cargo trains that use the track, but not the station). No problem buying a ticket to Pyongyang though. 

Came back to Seoul (after another fantastic lunch) in time to finally find the giant poo on the main drag between the palace and City Hall.  

Japan tomorrow. Giddy-up.