Photos Kaesong and the DMZ
Photos Kaesong and the DMZ

Photos - Kaesong, the DMZ, Mt. Kuwol and the West Sea Barrage

The trip to Kaesong and the DMZ was one of the highlights of our 2004 North Korea tour. In Kaesong we could see a bid more of ordinary North Korean life then we did in Pyongyang. The Demilitarized Zone with the Joint Security Area is probably one of the scariest places on earth where millions of troops face each other. We had stopovers at Mt. Kuwol and the West Sea Barrage on the way back to Pyongyang.

The car ride from Pyongyang to Kaesong was a very interesting experience, passing many army checkpoints, civilians walking large distances and soldiers being transported in trucks. We were not allowed to make any photos except at the Sohung Rest house, a restaurant build over the road. Kaesong was interesting as it gave a better impression of North Korean life then Pyongyang, although the inhabitants are probably privileged to live there as well. We were allowed to shoot many pictures at the DMZ where the American and South Korean soldiers did not show their face, probably avoiding to be photographed. From Kaesong we drove to Mt. Kuwol, where we passed small villages and saw soldiers working the land. We also saw a group of Special Forces soldiers but none of this could be photographed. The locks of the West Sea Barrage were closed and hundreds of people were waiting on their bicycle with a sack of UN rice, again no pictures like in Nampho the last big city before Pyongyang. The last interesting part of this excursion was the 10 lane highway between Nampho and Pyongyang that is only used by people walking and riding bicycles.

Kaesong - Map North Korea

Map of the journey from Pyongyang to Kaesong via the motorway

Panmunjom - Sohung rest house

Sohung rest house on the motorway from Pyongyang to Kaesong

Panmunjom - Sohung rest house

Sohung rest house on the motorway from Pyongyang to Kaesong

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Stream on the terrain of the traditional Folklore Hotel in Kaesong

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Traditional Korean house used as Hotel room at the Folklore Hotel

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Traditional Korean house used as Hotel room at the Folklore Hotel

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Playing pool in the recreation area of the Folklore Hotel

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Korean dinner eaten of the floor of the Folklore Hotel restaurant

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Enjoying a drink in our room of the Folklore Hotel in Kaesong

Kaesong - Folklore hotel

Traditional Korean bed in the Folklore Hotel of Kaesong

Kaesong - Traditional Korean art

Traditional Korean art in the Folklore Hotel Restaurant in Kaesong

Kaesong - Kaesong main square

The main square in Kaesong with a Police Woman arranging traffic

Kaesong - Kaesong main street

The main street of Kaesong were most locals walk or cycle

Kaesong - Kaesong police agent

Crossroad with police agent arranging traffic in Kaesong

Kaesong - Kaesong town

View on the Kaesong city centre from a park on Janam San hill

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