Skip to comments.GI's Group Tour to Panmunjom
Posted on 12/12/2011 4:08:06 PM PST by TigerLikesRooster
I can almost see the sadness in that one guards eyes, almost as if he is saying "Sir. Another one, please. May I have another bowl of porridge, sir? I want another one."
North Korean soldier thinking “They look well fed” and “Wish I could afford that camera” and “Open this window and I’ll defect!”
When did the Norks phase-in the full battle helmets in lieu of the previous commie soft caps as head gear?
Can you explain?
The NK has been making a lot of threats lately and their Dear Leader will keel over any day now, so of course the battle helmets are out. The soldiers are looking mighty thin too, even though their military-first policy would suggest they are among the better fed part of the masses.
Times are really, really lean in NK right now.
Many US cops might arrest people for simply taking photos of them.
Meanwhile, these insane DPRK guys are models of restraint.
Panmunjom is the area of the border where the buildings are used for joint talks and stuff. It is also a tourist attraction to walk in there and know you can be in two countries in that room.
Kind of hard to arrest people through a window in a separate country (or neutral territory)
Oh, thanks. The pictures didn’t make sense to me. I had no idea they could get that close. It is sad to see those poor people in that God-forsaken country.
I have been there. It is a tour of one of the conference rooms that lie across the border. Half the room is in the north. The SK troops go in and lock the door that exits to the north. Then the tour group is allowed to enter the building and step over to the north if they wish.
I think the POWs that survived captivity in North Korea would differ from your opinion.
Thanks for posting these very interesting pictures. A nice character study. I cannot read minds but it isn’t too much to conjecture what the Nork soldiers are thinking. The first and next to last pictures look like the same instant in time taken by two different cameras. The Nork soldier on the right surely is looking longingly at his well-fed enemies and the troop on the left in the next to last pix is probably thinking his fellow trooper is looking inside for too long and to wistfully. He knows because he too has done and thought the same but knows he cannot show it.
When I went, we all had to wear our service dress uniform. And all the Norks stood ramrod straight... and did not peer into the negotiating room.
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