We weren’t aware of that so we reached the checkpoint and had to go back to get it. If you’re driving there then watch out for signs to a small place called the ‘Tongil Security Park’ where you need to stop and get the relevant forms. It’s on the left side of the road.
When you pull into the area it’s rather unclear where you should go to get the form. There is a tourist information point but when we visited the person working there spoke no English.
There is a building housing small souvenir and snack food stalls. The place to get your form is inside there.
|Look for this door. Go in here then walk to the left.|
|This is where you need to go to get your entry permit.|
After we’d gone back and managed to work out where to get the entry permit we headed back along the road to the check point.
Once inside the area there wasn’t a great deal you could see from the road. There seemed to be some construction of new roads leading north as though the South is preparing the infrastructure just in case of a sudden reunification. There is also a DMZ museum but we didn’t visit that.
We soon arrived at an area where the road ended. There was a distinct lack of signage or directions in English and we really weren’t too sure where the unification centre was. Although there wasn’t a great deal of people about that day we managed to watch a Korean couple, who we’d spotted getting the forms at the same place as us, head off up a hill. We figured there couldn’t be a heck of a lot of other places they were headed to, so we followed them.
|Head between the car and the sign. The unification centre is the small white building you can see in the distance.|
When we got to the top we had a wander around and took in all the views. The place itself was deserted but seemed to have been designed to cater to crowds of people. I actually read that the centre has had over 28 million visitors which was hard to believe on this particular day.
|The observation platform looking towards North Korea.|
|Road and train track into North Korea.|
|Soldiers patrolling the beach.|
|The DMZ beach – deserted. If only you could access it. It looks like the perfect beach for a long stroll.|
Inside the building they have a small exhibit about North Korea and from what I could assess the history of the divide. Sadly there is nothing written in English though.
|Items from North Korea.|
|Somebody needs to introduce them to laptops and iMacs.|
|Mmmmm looks yummy.|
|“A match for a hundred”|
|Leaving the DMZ.|
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