Korean Demilitarized Zone
Walk cautiously along the boundary of the Korea's Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), technically the "front line" of the world's longest running war - since there has never been a formal peace treaty signed between North and South Korea. Commonly referred to as the 38th parallel, this buffer zone divides the Korean Peninsula roughly in half. It separates a land of hunger and propaganda in the north from a technologically superior and vibrant south. The fact that the DMZ has now become a tourist attraction is somewhat surreal. PlanetHoppers! can visit various spots in the Joint Security Area (JSA), including the building where the armistice was signed, as well as tour one of the several North Korean incursion tunnels that have been discovered over the years. Tours are available, with transportation available from Seoul. Perhaps the most unexpected outcome of this standoff is that the isolated buffer zone between these two rivals – stretching 249 kilometers (155 miles) along the length of the DMZ - has created a habitat for several endangered plants and animals, including rare cranes, Asiatic black bear, Amur leopards, and the Korean tiger. Perhaps someday old enemies will become friends, and the notorious DMZ can be turned into a true nature reserve...
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- Location: DMZ, Korea