Wednesday, September 22, 2004

The DMZ

In the National Geographic website, there is an article on the Korean War and several pictures of South Koreans patrolling the DMZ. According to the caption under a particular picture, South Korean farmers own large rice farms that are just a few yards from the North Korean border. This is an area that is therefore heavily guarded by South Korean soldiers. What is more intersting is the fact that these farmers actually have picnics during the day for lunch, which I find to be very fascinating.

1 comment:

Chris Im said...

I've heard that South Korean soldiers often brag to their North Korean counterparts about what kind of hearty meal they'd had that particular day. Also, if you see pictures of the soldiers stationed at Panmunjon, they do look intimidating as the article states, but not only because of their physical features. If you click on the following link, you'll understand why. http://odebi.k-server.org/Korea/pictures/panmunjon2.jpg You'll notice that the soldier has his fists clenched at his waist level. The reason for this rather awkward looking stance is because, since the two Koreas are technically still at war, fighting can resume at any given time. The soldiers keep their hands at waist level to quickly pull out their guns- if the need arises.