DMZ- Freedom Bridge
On Day 2 we took a DMZ tour that took us in to the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) that lies between South and North Korea. Sonny was a great guide and gave us a ton of local stories. We visited Imjingak Village, the most northern village in Korea that’s open to all South Korean civilians.
We saw a bridge covered with ribbons where nearly 13,000 prisoners of war were traded at the end of the Korean War . This bridge was called the Bridge of Freedom. Because the DMZ is so heavily land-mined, and because any bridges existing before the war had long since been destroyed, this bridge was built with the purpose of trading back prisoners of war. It’s a foot bridge only—prisoners were driven to the bridge, and then they walked across to return to their homes.
The bridge now serves as a place of remembrance for families who are separated—South Koreans tie bright colored ribbons covered in messages to the bridge. Near the bridge you can also see a train car destroyed during the war, with bullet holes clearly visible.
Read about our climb into the 3rd tunnel in the DMZ, a tunnel North Korea secretly dug to enter South Korea
Read about an observatory that looks into North Korea
Read about Dorsan Station, the station that will eventually connect the two Korea’s should they ever reunite