17.02.2008 -17 °C
Panmunjeom or The Joint Security Area (JSA)
Today we headed to Panmunjeom aka the Joint Sercurity Area by motor coach
from Seoul. The ride wasn't that far really and we expected to be held up in traffic since its so close to Seul. Panmujeom, which is really a village split between both North and South Korea along the De-militarized Zone between the two nations.
The main attaction in Panmujeom village is that its the only portion of the
Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) where South and North Korean forces stand
Panmunjeom is the site of the negotiations that ended the Korean War and
is the main centre of human activity in the DMZ. A great attraction in The Joint security Area are the (buildings where diplomatic talks are still being caried out today)2. The village is located on the main highway and railway line that serves both North and South Korea. The highway is used on rare occasions to move people between the two countries, and to bring supplies to South Korean factories located in North Korea much like Checkpoint Charlie in East and West Berlin. When South Korean military personel are in the JSA buildings and are closing the doors that are on the North korean side they have a buddy team system of closing the doors. One personel closes the door and somone else holds onto his belt in one hand and the wall they other. This prevents North Korean troops from pulling South Koreans into the North and so this is a two man operation.
We are bushed from all this military talk and where calling it a day. We felt a little
erie being so close to the North Korean boarder but we where all safe by UN and
joint US officers.