Calm at the North Korean border

The day before departing Korea, a friend drove us up to the top of the Gimpo region, near the North Korean border. Along most parts of the border, the heavily fortified green space of the DMZ, or demilitarized zone, separates the North and South. In this part, soon after the merging of the Imjin and Han Rivers, and not far from the Yellow Sea, the river essentially takes over the function of the DMZ. The river is made inaccessible by a barbed fence and frequent guard towers. In the hills beyond, military transport roads can be seen.
It has been more than half a century since the Korean war divided the nation. Life goes on here near the border, and I wonder if it’s even on the mind of the people I see here, or if they’ve just gotten used to the idea that they live near a wall. Meanwhile, the birds and the bugs travel freely back and forth.