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Visiting the DMZ, and taking "one step" into North Korea
THIS IS PAGE 2: The DMZ and Imjingak "resort" park
Just outside the DMZ fence, a public park known as Imjingak is located at the bridge where POWs were returned long ago and where South Koreans can come to pay respects and pray and
hope for unity. This park is accessible to anyone and does not require a special tour, unlike the JSA tour or any visit actually inside the DMZ which requires a passport and guide. Above,
some of the thousands upon thousands of prayer ribbons that have been hung by visitors from the South on the fence. Below, the Bridge of Freedom, used for repatriating POWs, crosses the
Imjin River (alongside the remains of the original bridge, riddled with bullet holes marked in red). (This is not to be confused with the Bridge of No Return, which was not visited on this tour).
GO TO: PAGE 1: Inside the Joint Security Area and North Korea
|Below, an offshoot of the Bridge of Freedom which has been fenced off from the main railroad
bridge. This portion is accessible to visitors.
|This locomotive was bombed in the Korean War and is riddled with at least 1,020 bullet holes:
|Mangbaeddan, a memorial for those to pray for unity and peace and pay respects to loved ones
who were lost or separated forever after the war:
|The Peace Bell:
|View from the accessible portion of the Bridge of Freedom back towards the welcome center complex:
|View from the observation deck at the welcome center looking out across the DMZ and Imjin River, with the
newer Bridge of Freedom on the left:
|A view looking out into the DMZ. Watchtowers line the zone as well as the Imjin River even when it turns south
away from the DMZ towards Seoul (the river originates in the North), and are constantly manned: