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Visit kaesong (dmz)
Measuring only 2.5 miles wide and 155 miles long (4 kilometers by 250 kilometers), the DMZ, or De-Militarized Zone, is a misnomer; the area is the most fortified border on Earth, with almost a million landmines within its grounds, and numerous bunkers on both sides. The DMZ is the most tangible reminder of the ruinous civil war that was fought on the Korean peninsula from 1950-1953. In the case that Korea is to be reunified, the DMZ will be turned into an ecological park; until that day however, the DMZ remains a flashpoint for conflict, and the North Korean side stands in stark contrast to the south.
Once capital of the Koryo Dynasty (918-1392 AD), Kaesong today is the southernmost city of North Korea. Given its royal pedigree, Kaesong has long been a cultural center, with a highly developed cuisine, considerable numbers of relics, and even several royal tombs. Today, Kaesong is a special zone that has received considerable investment from the South.
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Soldiers from North and South stand toe-to-toe at this edgy border, the world’s most heavily fortified frontier.
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Things to See and Do in Kaesong (DMZ)
Visit Panmunjom, the “truce village” that straddles the DMZ and the site of the armistice talks that yielded a cease-fire in the Korean War in 1953 – but no signed peace treaty. Enter the room where the talks were held and visit the famous "blue sheds" to see the conference table that stands half in North Korea and half in the South. You may have the opportunity to speak with some North Korean soldiers, some of whom can be quite friendly.
Buy Kaesong Koryo Insam (ginseng) and its products
The Kaesong Koryo Insam of Korea is widely known to the world as a tonic helping people to lead a long life in good health. Today it is processed into various products including not only cosmetics and medicines, but also health foods in line with the present-day tendencies and according to the development of science and technology and contributes to the improvement of people’s health.
Koryo Dynasty Tombs
Visit the Koryo Dynasty tombs, the twin mausoleum of King Kongmin, the dynasty’s 31st king, and his Mongolian wife. Designed by Kongmin upon his wife’s death in 1365, the domed tombs sit side by side at the foot of a hill at the end of a verdant valley. Statues of military officials and civilian advisers guard the tombs, while the tiger and sheep statues represent the royalty’s Koryo and Mongolian heritage, respectively.
Kaesong Koryo Museum
Visit the Kaesong Koryo Museum, situated among the Songyungwan complex of 20 buildings, a center of learning during the Koryo dynasty (918 – 1392 A.D.). The museum includes thousands of relics from the dynasty, including thousand-year-old temple pagodas, with centuries-old Ginko trees and a 900-year-old Zelkova tree on the complex grounds.
Tongil Reunification Restaurant
Enjoy a gourmet lunch of fine Kaesong cuisine at the Tongil Reunification Restaurant, where you will be presented with an array of a dozen or more small dishes, each a delicacy on its own. Sample a variety of tasty soups, vegetables, meat, fish and rice dishes, along with the ubiquitous kimchi. The more dishes you have, the higher your status would have been in ancient Korean society!
Best Time to Visit Kaesong (DMZ)
Most visitors travelling with Asia Senses Travel argue that the best months to visit Kaesong are during the summer and autumn months of June, May, July, September, October.
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