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Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Guinness at the North Korea to South Korea Border at Panmunjom, DMZ

Did you hear the one about the Northern Irishman and the Southern Irishman drinking Irish stout on the North Korea to South Korea border? Hands across the divide – two countries on one island, two countries on one peninsula. One love – Guinness. The black stuff. Through my time working in Irish pubs and backpacking Read more about Thirsty Thursdays: Drinking Guinness at the North Korea to South Korea Border at Panmunjom, DMZ[…]

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DMZ Tour Part 12: Korean Souvenirs

As an atlas freak and a travel nomad, I have picked up a total addiction for collecting souvenirs. Not even in a normal way I’m afraid. For example, I keep a plastic flimsy (folder/poly pocket) for EVERY new place I visit, whether it be a country, city or even just a tour. If there’s enough Read more about DMZ Tour Part 12: Korean Souvenirs[…]

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DMZ Tour Part 9: Flag at Half Mast, North Korea

Having just stepped across the border into North Korea as casual as you like, it was time for a rare sight. Something that you won’t see often in your lifetime. The third highest national flag on a single flag pole in the world, FLYING HALF MAST. The reason? Kim Jong Il had just died. Panny Read more about DMZ Tour Part 9: Flag at Half Mast, North Korea[…]

DMZ Tour Part 8: Stepping Into North Korea at Panmunjom

On a cold afternoon with a clear sky ahead and a beating down sun, Panny Yu and I stepped nonchalantly across the border from South Korea into North Korea. Or, as it should be officially from the Republic of Korea into the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. This border is one of the most dangerous Read more about DMZ Tour Part 8: Stepping Into North Korea at Panmunjom[…]

DMZ Tour Part 7: Camp Bonifas, The JSA and Crazy Golf

After lunch somewhere in the DMZ, we changed buses, and our new bus was heading to Camp Bonifas and into the JSA – Joint Security Area. Don’t worry if all these acronyms and constant place names confuse you, they sure as hell confused the life out of me, and even after research I’m still baffled Read more about DMZ Tour Part 7: Camp Bonifas, The JSA and Crazy Golf[…]

World Borders: Panmunjom – Crossing The Border Into North Korea

To say you have been to North Korea is one thing. To say you simply did it with ease in a blue hut accompanied by a tour group and some members of the army stationed in the JSA (Joint Security Area) at Panmunjom (or Panmunjoeom) is not quite the same as eating a bit of Read more about World Borders: Panmunjom – Crossing The Border Into North Korea[…]

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