Yeah, did this. Went to that crazy DMZ zone and the JSA. I totally stepped over the border into North Korea. It was only for about five minutes, it was expensive, but still, it was weird and cool. I’ve never seen so many blue buildings and blue walls.
We weren’t allowed to take photos of the North Korean DMZ but it’s basically a desert. No trees, empty buildings in the fake village and a really tall flag. Standing there, overlooking the ghost town was incredibly creepy and a little disconcerting. Especially since I feel that these tour companies are monopolising on fear and intrigue. Obviously, I couldn’t resist the opportunity either but I couldn’t shake this uncomfortable feeling.
I’m still unable to completely digest the idea that a nation like this exists. It all seems unreal and I’m overwhelmed with confusion, disbelief and anger at the fact that situations like this can continue to exist. But at the same time, I can’t help but just remain completely detached. Perhaps it’s because I remain safe in my own apartment, with the freedom to study whatever I choose, talk to whom ever I want and go wherever I please.
The stories I’ve heard and the things I’ve seen or watched are like fairytales to me, albeit highly disturbing ones, and have become more like fiction then actual fact. I’m not too sure what’s more scary, knowing these things or ignoring them but at least I have a choice.