Awed by the Korean DMZ


As the two Koreas marked the 60th anniversary of their armistice earlier this year, I found myself at the DMZ, looking across at the secretive North. In what is the world’s longest cease re, the South offers an unsettling tour of the Zone.

The border between North and South Korea. The Demilitarized Zone. DMZ. Not your typical tourist destination. What started off like a bad trip to a theme park during peak season turned into a rollercoaster ride of emotions, tumbling between pleasant appreciation for humanity’s tenacity and genuine fear for my life. I did wonder at first why anyone would pay to spend a day at the frontline of what felt like a big squabble between two siblings. But the prospect of experiencing something in South Korea other than its famed kimchi and K-Pop was much too alluring.

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