Category Archives: North Korea

SK in SK: South Korea & Other Countries

South Korea has always been closely linked to its neighbors: China, Japan, Mongolia & other northern nomadic nations, and since the 20th century division of the Korean peninsula, South Korea has always been linked to North Korea. As South Korea … Continue reading

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A Final Afternoon in South Korea: Bukaksan, the Northern Guardian of Seoul

From Inwangsan, I walked along the remains/reconstruction of the old Seoul City Wall to Bukaksan, the mountain to the north of Seoul which offered the city some of its good feng shui. I actually had arranged to have lunch with … Continue reading

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War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 2

It is impossible to present any kind of history without bias, thus it is inevitable that the War Memorial & Museum of Korea’s account of the June 25th War (a.k.a. the Korean War) is also biased. First of all, it … Continue reading

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War Memorial & Museum of Korea, Part 1

In the photograph above is a statue depicting a South Korean and a North Korean soldier. The South Korean soldier and the North Korean soldier see each, find that the other is his own brother, and embrace. This sometimes literally … Continue reading

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Walking Around Gyeogbokgung

On a fine day in Seoul, I found myself walking around Gyeongbokgung. I didn’t walk into Gyeongbokgung like I did on my first day in Seoul, but rather walked in the admission-free areas around it which I hadn’t completely explored … Continue reading

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The Third Tunnel in the DMZ

The last part of my DMZ tour including the Joint Security Area and Dorasan was a visit to the ‘Third Tunnel’. Since photography in the Third Tunnel is not permitted, I will have to use words alone to describe it. … Continue reading

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Dorasan: The Train Station without Trains, and a Peek into North Korea

After visiting the Joint Security Area, the tour went to Dorasan Station and Dorasan Observatory, where we could look into North Korea. Dorasan Station is the northernmost train station within South Korea on the train line which connects Seoul to … Continue reading

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