“The scariest place on Earth” – Former US President, Bill Clinton, during his visit in 1993.
This is probably the most terrifying tour I have ever tried and I was grateful that I was able to get out of that place unharmed and alive. I can say that I technically been to North Korea.
Being able to experience this tour requires advanced reservation because of security reasons so even before our trip to Seoul, I have arranged for the reservation because I badly wanted to go to the border. And having a reservation also does not guarantee that the tour will push through because it depends mainly on the situation between the two countries. Luckily, there was no tension during our scheduled visit so yay!
The Joint Security Area is the place where guards of the two countries face each other. According to the tour guide, sometimes the North Korean guards does not appear for some reason, so swertehan din.
Basically they allow visitors to have their picture taken behind North Korea side but it is strictly prohibited to take picture of the south side. There was this instance where one of the joiners of our group accidentally taken her selfie showing the south side as the background and the soldier approached, asked her to show him the picture and have it deleted. The reason for that act was because you may be suspected as a spy to the other country. The best thing you can do here is to obey.
Look at that North Korean guard taking a picture. Accordingly, they usually do that when they spot someone famous visiting the border, I wonder who might that be.
By taking this picture, I was literally standing between two counties, my left foot on North Korea and the right on South.
This conference hall is the only way you can set foot on the exact border. When you’re at the opposite side of that table, its the moment you can say that you are officially in North Korea.
Our tour concluded with a sumptuous meal which was included in the package.