Turn Back the Clock Thursday // Photos of Demilitarised Zone and Panmunjom Armistice Village 'Then and Now'
With historic talks scheduled this week between North and South Korea at Panmunjom, we are reposting our 'then and now' of the area that will undoubtedly be in the headlines over the next few days and perhaps in the history books.
Below is short photo essay on the Korean Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) and Panmunjom Armistice Village 'then and now'. The photos were taken by Koryo Tours' founder Nicholas Bonner over two decades of travel to the DPRK with one addition from the extended Koryo family.
The Panmunjom Armistice Signing Hall as it appeared on July 27, 1953 shortly after 10:00 AM on the final day of the Korean War, and with a group of western tourists as it appears today. The armistice provided for a cessation of the savage fighting which ravaged the peninsula between 1950-53, but this 'cease-fire' has never been replaced by a formal peace treaty.
A Korean People's Army guide at the Military Demarcation Line (MDL), or Armistice Line, dividing north and south. The DMZ extends two kilometers on each side from this line.
A view from the DPRK pavilion overlooking the MDL, the small concrete raise bisecting the six huts in the foreground. The southern side administers the blue huts, while the northern side administers the silver ones.
The road north from Munsan, South Korea along the 'neutral zone' established for UN negotiators to travel safely to armistice talks at Panmunjom and Kaesong in North Korean territory (likely 1953), and today's road south from Kaesong to Panmunjom with road sign reading 'Seoul 70 km'.
'Turn Back the Clock Thursday' brings you 'then and now' views of Korea from more than two decades of Koryo Tours' trips to the DPRK and images in the public domain.The great majority of Koryo Tours' North Korea group tours visit Panmunjom during the trip.