If pictures from North Korea could not have been uploaded in real time to internet, as argued in my previous post, images featuring the Demilitarised Zone into the border city of Kaesong could not been taken at all for a very long while. Mobile phones, long camera lenses and, generally, shooting photos without permission was forbidden in the area. At departure, officials hold the right to check the visitors’ photos and delete the objectionable ones.
The long-standing rule is now history. Here are some of the very first photos of the Demilitarised Zone courtesy of Damien Spry, Australian academic and media consultant, along with his testimonial:
An amazing visit to the demilitarized zone dividing the Koreas. The UN doing an important and difficult job. The UN personnel were very welcoming and impressive.The first is at the customs point for entry into North Korea. (There is a shared industrial complex just over the border so goods are transported across.) It’s a list of what you can take (travel docs) and what you can’t (just about everything else).Next is a signpost marking the armistice line. It’s been there 60 years.Next is a conference room where meetings between north and south happen. I’m standing in North Korea; so is that highly trained, completely immobile soldier. The door to his right is locked. The other side of it are the North Korean army.
Next is the actual bridge of no return.
The last picture is me in front of the blue conference rooms. Behind them, the big building is the North Korean complex. We are standing in front of Freedom House, built for family reunions between those separated by the war and sadly used only once.