Since 1953, a no man’s land has cleaved the Korean Peninsula in two. The 160-mile-long, 2.5-mile-wide demilitarized zone separates North and South Korea, creating a buffer between the hostile nations. Though the edges of the neutral territory are, in fact, heavily militarized, it’s still possible to explore this swath of land. A trip to the DMZ reveals sites such as a monument to a tragic accident, the site of tense prisoner exchanges, and secret tunnels. Perhaps most poignant are the places that fringe the border, such as the train station awaiting the day trade resumes between the two countries and the park dedicated to the families splintered by the division.
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