Category Archives: South Korea

A kind of an apparently peaceful war zone

This is a landscape image. But not just from anywhere. It is shot inside the DMZ between North and South Korea from the northern side. Technically there is a truce (armistice agreement) between the UN and North Korea, and that means it still is (even 70 years after the conlict) an “official state of war between the sides”,  so it is special feeling being in this place. We got taken to an observation post on top of a hill, maybe an hours drive from the Joint Security Area (JSA) near Kesong / Panmunjan, and got to look a little bit over the DMZ. The DMZ have a 2 km side that the North have, then you have the demarkation line, and then 2 km of southern part of the DMZ, and then you have South Korea. From the viewpoint you could see over to South Korea, and to my big surprise I was free to take as many images that I wanted. What you can see  in the image is villages and mountain ranges in South Korea, divided by green fields. Not to be mistaken. The lush and green fields are probably full of mines, small arms and other equipment like it was told by the army officer that gave us the tour of the JSA. But still, to be one of the most militarized places in the world. It does not appear to be.

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-Ray

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Picture of the day: A view of Seoul

Todays image is a view of Seoul, and was taken during a long layover on my way from Thailand to Hawaii some years ago. The Seoul Incheon airport is always one of the top airport in the world, and they had made tours that was available on the airport to “entertain” the travellers that where on route thru Seoul, and you got a nice view of the town.

-Ray

A short impression of Seoul

Yesterday I was on route from Bangkok to Honolulu with Korean Air. And due to a long time between flights I had some time to spend in Seoul.

First I have to mention the Incheon airport in it self. It is no surprice for me that it is crowned the best airport in the world. It is nice and effective.

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Amongst services offered to there users, they have transit tours that takes you around the big sights in Seoul while you wait for your plane.

So that was what I did. The travel agent was named Hanatours.

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So  I chose the four hour trip, and than I had good time to get my next flight. Then it was onward to the tourbus.

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The weather was nice, and the nature was amazing.

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The first stop was at Seoul tower. This was located on a hil and it was a quite step climb to get up to the sight

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The view from the road is nice

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The area sourranding the tower

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The Seoul Tower

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The afterwards it was trip down to a market street . It was nice and quiet , and many things was widly available.

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A last shot from downtown Seoul

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