As tensions remain heightened on the Korean peninsula, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea is ironically one of the most heavily militarized borders in the world. From the South Korean side of this buffer zone, tourists can learn the history behind the Korean conflict, visit negotiation rooms and even stand, technically, in North Korea.
The USO leads tours into the DMZ, where visitors are lead through the Joint Security Area. Here, you can stand around the very table where the North and South sides have negotiated since the 1950s. The DMZ tour also includes a stop at the Third Tunnel of Aggression, an underground tunnel dug by North Koreans in preparation to attack Seoul, and the Bridge of No Return, where Korean prisoners of war made their ultimate choice of which side to stay on after the Korean War.
This photo tour offers a glimpse into the DMZ and one of the most reclusive countries in the world.
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