Travel Tuesday: Imjingak

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I was there! This is also a part of the road to the DMZ tour which you NEED to take.  It was excellent, and I had great friends with me along the way.

Imjingak is a park of sorts located on the banks of the Imjin River in the city of Paju. The park has many statues and monuments regarding the Korean War. The park was built to console those from both sides who are unable to return to their hometowns, friends, and families because of the division of Korea.

Imjingak is where the “Bridge of Freedom” lies. The “Bridge of Freedom” does not actually cross the Imjin River, but it is a bridge which was used by refugees from the north. It is more famous, however, for being the site of the exchange of POWs from the war.

Time really did not allow me to see a lot of Imjingak. I’m not sure if we were rushed that day or if that’s the way all tours run.  If you like to stop and fully enjoy your surroundings, you may ask the tour operator if you can stay a little bit longer. Or hell, get a private tour if possible.  Hell, it’s Korea; anything is possible!

F. M. Laster

“I’ve been things and seen places.”- Mae Wes

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