Inside the DMZ
A North Korean soldier looks toward Freedom House at the Joint Security Area, South Korea, on May 28, 2014. North Korean and United Nation Command soldiers maintain a 24-hour watch on each other.
PANMUNJOM, South Korea — The Korean Demilitarized Zone remains one of the world’s most heavily guarded borders.
For more than 40 years, the Joint Security Area at Panmunjon has remained the focal point for official communications between North and South Korea. The JSA sits at the point where the Korean War came to a close, with both sides forbidden to have military formations within 2 kilometers of the area.
Each country has one village inside the DMZ: Kijongdong in the north and Daeseongdong in the south.
For decades, South Korean authorities denied civilian access to the area, but now it has become a tourist attraction.