17.02.2008 -17 °C
Discovered Underground Tunnels
The next day along the DMZ we learn that theres an under world of tunnels dug up my the North Koreans. We where all suprised to hear about this news about an under ground walkway to South Korea planned for military attacks if needed. The South discovered (four tunnels leading under the DMZ)1. The first of the tunnels was discovered by a South Korean Army patrol, noticing steam rising from the ground. The initial discovery was met with machine gun fire from North Korean soldiers. Five days later, during a subsequent exploration of this tunnel, U.S. Navy Commander Robert M. Ballinger and ROK Marine Corps Major Kim Hah Chul were killed in an explosion triggered from North Korea.The second was discovered on March 19, 1975. The third tunnel was discovered on October 17, 1978. A fourth tunnel was discovered on March 3, 1990. It is almost identical in structure to the second and the third tunnels.
Map of Tunnel #3
The (third tunnel is what we actually visited)2 and the admission is free. Photos are forbidden within the tunnel, which is now well guarded. Individuals may not visit the tunnels by themselves. All visitors must belong to an organized tour. Many tour companies offer tours, but not all include visits to the JSA or the Third Tunnel of Aggression. Luckly we where prepared and apart of tour and had no proplems checking out these venues.