I warmly welcome Summer vacation! (Pun could be intended…) Finally have some time to do things I want to do outside of academics, in which I began my summer adventures with a visit to one of the train terminals closest to the Korean Demilitarized Zone.
Gangwon Province, Cheorwon-gun, Baengmagoji, South Korea
강원도 철원군 백마고지
June 23, 2016
Korail provides 2 different routes via the DMZ Train.
1. Gyeongeui Line towards Dorasan (도라산)
2. Gyeongwon Line towards Baengmagoji (백마고지)
Went there in a wimp, and realized we actually had to purchase tour tickets (security or city tour) aside from train tickets. Luckily, you can actually purchase on-site tour tickets, but it is also best to pre-book beforehand. The cost for tour and train tickets at Youth (13~25) prices were 20,000KRW and 16,000KRW respectively.
Obtained from Korail
On this trip, we chose the Cheorwon National Security Tour. A tour bus take us around the area, where a guide would be providing explanations solely in Korean.
The picture above is the House of Labor Party Ruins, which is last of the few buildings North Koreans used to promote, control, and negotiate in the past.
Certain areas are prohibited in taking pictures or videos, which explains my lack of content. But I personally find the Geumgangsan Bridge the most interesting. It was once a transportation route between borders. The tour allows us to walk on the bridge, which reaches another end of the bridge, blocked merely by military wires.
Till next time.