Photographer's Note

An appropriate upload today, in view of recent events. Taken from the Goseong Unification Observatory, looking north, deep into North Korea along the east coast. The A bomb was detonated 100 miles north of here, this morning at 10.35.27 local time. The Diamond Mountains (Geumgang-san) can be seen in the distance.

Zoom lenses above 160mm are banned at this point. The barbed wire fence in the foreground is the end of the DMZ. The taxi driver kept insisting all cameras were banned, but I went back & got my camera, when I saw South Koreans snapping away.

"Built by an army unit in 1983,Goseong Unification Observatory(height – 700m) was the closest place where you could view the Mt. Geumgangsan before it was opened to South Koreans. The nearest part of the Mt. Geumgangsan is 16km away and the farthest part is about 25km away. From the Observatory, you can see Haegeumgang, and the islands nearby, Manmulsang, and Hyeonjongam. On clear days, you can also various peaks of Mt. Geumgangsan such as Ilchulbong (1,552m), Chaehabong, Jipseonbong, Yukseonbong, Gwaneumbong, and even the greatest peak of Mt. Geumgangsan, the Birobong Peak. Goseong Unification Observatory is the closest spot to the north, and many people who visit are those who had to leave their home and were separated from their families during the Korean War. You can see monuments built in the hope of reunification here.
Tongilanbo Park, which can be considered the entrance of Tongil Jeonmangdae, was built in 1987 to be used as the nation’s security site. You must pass by here to get to Goseong Unification Observatory, making the entry process somewhat inconvenient."


There is even a dispute over what the sea in this image is called. To Koreans, it's the East Sea, & to the Japanese it's the Sea of Japan.

More info here: This is a link to Wikipedia

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