Welcome to Seoul, the capital of Korea.
I am your tour guide today from Cosmojin travel agency.
Thank you for choosing cosmojin tour and I am really happy to meet you all.
My name is Kong Joomi;
In Korea, family name comes first. So you can call me “Miss, Kong” or “Joomi”(Korea Dmz tour guide)
Whenever you have any question, just call my name and feel free to ask me.
First of all, let me have a short introduction of our company, Cosmojin(Korea Dmz tour Official agency).
As the most comprehensive online travel agency in Korea, Cosmojin has provided services to international, domestic, incentive and corporate meeting clients from all over the world. As a guide, I will try to provide you with the information you need for traveling in Korea as much as possible, and I will do my best.
We are all here for the DMZ tour, one of the most popular tours in Korea.
So… what is DMZ?
As you may know, Korea is only divided country in the world. After the Korean War (June 25, 1950), South Korea and North Korea negotiated and then designated the DMZ (demilitarized zone) 2km away from the truce line on each side of the border. It is also the last relics of the Cold War.
Some of you may expect to visit JSA (Joint Security Area), but actually that tour is separated.
Now, you are going to visit quite sensitive area, DMZ
So, there are some regulations, time and photo regulations, what we are supposed to follow.
Once we go into the DMZ area and CCA (Civilian Control Area), please follow my direction.
Now, let me talk about the itinerary today.
Our first destination is Imjingak(임진각) Resort. Imjingak(임진각) is a symbolic tourist resort representing the painful history of national division and has many monuments of the war,
After then we are going to Unification Bridge (the check point) where a solder will check our identification with ID card or passport.
Next destination is the 3rd Infiltration Tunnel. We are going to visit 3 parts of the area, a theater, exhibition hall and the tunnel. The sequence can be changed depend on a situation.
After then we are going to visit Dora Observatory. Located within the DMZ and as the northernmost observatory of the South, you can view a part of North Korean life from this observatory platform.
And then we are going to visit Dorasan Station, the northern most station in South Korea.
Before we visit DMZ area, let’s talk about the Korean War.
If you know more, you can enjoy more, I think..
The Korean War was a military conflict between the Republic of Korea, supported by the United Nations, and the communist North Korea, supported by China and the Soviet Union. The war began on 25 June 1950 and an armistice (truce) was signed on 27 July 1953.
The war was a result of the political division of Korea by agreement of the victorious allies after the Pacific War.
The Korean peninsula had been ruled by Japan before the end of the war from 1910 to 1945, it was Japanese Colonial Period, and at that time Korea was one country. There was no border and we had one Ideology. In 1945 following the surrender of Japan, Korea could be an Independent country. But soon the peninsula was divided by American administrators along the 38th parallel, with United States troops occupying the southern part and Soviet troops occupying the northern part. Because they thought we do not have enough power to be independent. So they decided to put our nation under a trusteeship for 3 years. The decision to divide the peninsula in this fashion was made without consulting the Korean people.
After holding free elections throughout the Korean peninsula was failed in 1948, the division between the 2 sides was deepened, and the 38th parallel increasingly became a political border between the 2 Koreas.
And finally North Korean forces attacked south to reunify Korea on June 25, 1950. But South Korea didn’t prepare the war. North Korea had 200,000 soldiers while south had 100,000. They also had 200 jets which was 10 times more than south. During the war, both North and South Korea were sponsored by external powers and the war turned from a civil war to the larger Cold War.
The North Korean forces occupied Seoul, the capital, in 3 days and 2 month later, they occupied about 95% of the peninsula. It seemed hopeless to South Korea but the situation was reversed when General Mac Arthur, the supreme commander of UN, made Incheon Landing Operations.
And the UN forces and South Korean forces reached by the Yalu (River), the end of the Korean peninsula. But they had to move back to Seoul because China joined the war and attacked South by Human Wave Tactics. The long offensive and defensive battle had been continued for 2 years and finally a truce agreement was signed on 27 July, 1953 without South Korea because South Korea wanted unification of the nation.
During the bloody war, about 6million had been injured or dead and about 10million lost their shelter. And 80% of the peninsula had been totally destroyed.
The war is not ended. It’s The Forgotten War.
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