In­ter­na­tional Stu­dents Had A Visit To De­mil­i­ta­rized Zone (DMZ)

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On Au­gust 10, 2012, ap­prox­i­mately 50 in­ter­na­tional stu­dents, who are study­ing in South Korea, had a spe­cial trip to the De­mil­i­ta­rized Zone (DMZ), one of the last re­main­ing divi­sion lines be­tween the com­mu­nist block and lib­eral democ­racy, a legacy of the Cold War.

The group first vis­ited the Third In­fil­tra­tion Tun­nel. It was dis­cov­ered in 1978, dug un­hder the DMZ by North Korea. The tun­nel, only 52 km away from Seoul, aptly rep­re­sents East-West Cold War ten­sions. In 2002, shut­tle el­e­va­tors and the DMZ screen­ing room with so­phis­ti­cated equip­ment were built in the tun­nel, of­fer­ing east ac­cess to var­i­ous sites in the tun­nel.

The group next vis­ited Do­rasan Sta­tion. It is lo­cated just 700 me­ters from the Mil­i­tary De­mar­ca­tion Line of the civil­ian pas­sage re­stricted area DMZ, it is the north-most sta­tion of the dis­con­nected in­ter-Korean rail­road in South Korea.

The third place the group vis­ited was Imjin­gak. It is a place where the sor­row caused by the Korean War oc­curred in June 1950 and the con­flict be­tween the South and the North. It is said the sor­row of the dis­persed fam­ily re­mains in Mang­baed­dan. Ap­prox­i­mately 3,800,000 Kore­ans and for­eign­ers vis­i­tors visit Imjin­gak Re­sort ev­ery year as the Peace Tourist Spot.

The trip was spon­sored by the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance of South Korea. Be­fore the trip the Na­tional Health In­sur­ance Com­pany had a 3 hour train­ing course to the stu­dents about how to ap­ply for health in­sur­ance in South Korea.

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents visit at the Third In­fil­tra­tion Tun­nel

In­ter­na­tional stu­dents visit at the Sky Park

in Seoul

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