Incheon International Airport
Incheon International Airport,Seoul Entertainment is the key word at Incheon International Airport. Two movie theatres playing Korean and Hollywood blockbusters, an ice skating rink for the adrenaline seekers, an 18-hole mini-golf course are just some of the ways travelers enjoy their time in transit. If you’re looking to get away from the hustle and bustle, you can camp out in one of seven magical gardens or delight in the impressive cultural centre with traditional music and dance performances. Massages, dry cleaning, free showers and free Wi-Fi are also on the long list of amenities available at Incheon International Airport.
DMZ - The Third Tunnel
Day 5: DMZ - Still technically at WarWe took a tour to the De-Militarized Zone today. I was so surprised at how near Seoul it was. It reminded us that South Korea is still at war, and I understand now how any small incident can be cause for concern.To visit the DMZ (the 4 km wide zone surrounding the border between North and South Korea that is 2km wide on each side), you must go with a tour. You can sign up with any tour agency. Only certain people are qualified to be tour guides at the DMZ, so the tour agency will just forward you to a specialised guide. There are many things to see in this area, and one of the most popular sites is the Joint Security Area (JSA) at Panmunjeom, which is the one in photos you might have seen of blue sheds with North Korean and South Korean soldiers inches away from each other. We realllly wanted to visit the JSA but unfortunately, throughout the entire time we were going to be in Korea, the JSA was closed for military training. No matter, the other sights within the DMZ were very interesting as well.On our tour, we visited Imjingak Park, Freedom Bridge, the Third Infiltration Tunnel, Dora Observatory, and Dorasan Station. The Third Infiltration Tunnel was very interesting because we got to go down into the tunnel that the North Koreans built as they were trying to invade South Korea. 30,000 soldiers could pass through in an hour - that is very scary. This tunnel is only big enough for 2 people to pass through side by side. The museum above the tunnel showed the entire history and how each of the 4 tunnels were discovered.
Being at Dorasan Station was a very moving experience. Many people, including our tour guide, donated money to build the station. Dorasan Station is the northernmost station in South Korea, and has tracks that go to North Korea. There was a special economic zone built some years ago in the North and workers from South Korea used to commute daily to North Korea via this station. Some tensions arose and they stopped this.