Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm — North Korean School Trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA), 2000

Here’s something you don’t see every day: A North Korean school trip to the Joint Security Area (JSA) and Panmunjom.

This was back in the summer of 2000 during my second trip to the JSA and a trip that I would write about for my first article about “the scariest place in the world.”

Of all the times that I visited the JSA between 1996-2003, this was one of three times that there were visitors on the other side.

I wonder what kind of propaganda the guides were filling the heads of these kids with on this school trip.

In Waking Up in the Land of the Morning Calm, I have an entire section of articles and essays about my visits to the JSA, including this trip, as well a commemorative article on the 25th anniversary of the Panmunjom Ax Murders.

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