Korea have been an eye opener. Not only have I understood tension behind North and South Korea, but the life style they possesses is unbelievable. Everything must be prompt, fast and with quality.
South Korea is full of security. Every corner is guarded by police or security guard. One of the contributors of such high security would be from North Korea. The tale starts from sabotage to assassination of presidents. To think that it comes from movies as action or thriller, it comes in reality in Korea. Who needs movies when there is reality! And it can be really cold there. Up in Pyong Yong, it was -7 degrees celcius. I was so ill-equip in my clothing.
During the trip, we saw cultures, industrial sites, history and the infamous DMZ zone. Unfortunately, no photography was allowed in some sensitive areas. Especially in tunnels which was discovered in the 90s when North Korea dug four tunnels to South Korea!! Wow…
But first, try and enjoy your flight down from Brunei -> Sin -> Korea. Total flight time, 9 hours and 8 hours waiting time in airport! Luckily, Changi Airport had free Wifi with lots shops still open as compared to my return.
Korean Folk Village
The only place in Korea that I got lost. Every house is build almost the same with mud fence. On my way back to the coach, I managed to trap myself in the backyard of the house. Took me around 10 minutes to get back. I was in the mist of calling someone but then again, as I look around, I cant even describe where I actually was since it all look the same!
A woman’s paradise. Dongdaemun Market and Namdaemun Market. I got confuse which opens late at night but close during the day. From there, you can shop till you drop. There are thousands of shops and 1 day would not be able to cover all of them!
Make sure you grab your sports shoes. It really helps!
The DMZ Zone
The Joint Security Area (JSA) or Panmunjeom is often called “Truce Village” is the only place where North and South meet. This is the place where the historic Korean Armistice Agreement by General Nam II and General Harrison signed in 1953. Coupling with high tension, its also one of the scariest place where its first to go if something were to happen. Surprisingly, in 21st, such place still exist for First World country!
Due to the sensitivity of this area, too bad we never got to visit the area. Most are have No Photography posted plus ROK Army ensuring that we listen! The only pictures that was allowed to be taken are tourist spots.
I would love to see the legendary “Bridge of No Return” or “Freedom Bridge”. Too bad, its in one of the most sensitive area that is a no go for us.
Overall, Korea has been a very interesting trip! Yum… Yum.. I really miss all the food especially Kim Chi. I’ll definately try preparing some tonight. But first, fish sauce.
To Jane Ang and Asako Sakurai, Thank you for organizing this wonderful trip with Kamagaki -san. It have been great meeting everyone on this unforgettable trip. Not only have I learned a lot from classroom but experience them too.
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