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Korean War

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The Korean War was a major civil war on the Korean peninsular soon after World War II (see Pacific War) that became a significant engagement for both the United States (Leading the United Nations forces) and the People's Republic of China. The resulting stalemate divided the country and a people by creating the nations of North Korea and South Korea.



Korea is rather unique in having an officially active war zone that you are able to visit. The Demilitarized Zone has been on edge for over 50 years and shows no sign of ending. There have been military skirmishes (and deaths) over the years, but nothing resulting in a resumption of open warfare.

  • Korean Demilitarized Zone (DMZ)
  • The Panmunjeom peace village, where negotiatons carry on to the present day
  • Dandong, in Northeast China, is right on the Yalu River which forms the border with North Korea. The Chinese half of the Yalu River Bridge, bombed during the war and never restored to its original state again, is intact and open for pedestrians.

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