Photographer's Note

one of the things that struck me as different in Korea was the amount of police and military and how heavily armed they were compared to Japan. Also the average cop seemed to look a bit younger than the average cop I see in Tokyo. This I would imagine is to be expected as military service is requiered in ROK and Korea is after all technicaly still at war... technicaly... With a real DMZ just about 45 minutes up the road from Seoul cops and military on the street are not uncommon (US military are also everywhere in Seoul but generaly not in uniform on the streets except for MPs patroling some of the military hang outs such as Itewan and even then they are accompanied by korean police)

Outside one of the palaces in Seoul were a few police buses lined up in a row. I have no idea where these cops were comming from or going to but they all started to get on baord the bus. I snaped off a few frames and got one of just one of the cops giving me a "what are you doing" look as he was boarding the bus.

You will also notice that they have riot gear as well. vests and sheilds. Protests are pretty common in Korea it seems as well so Ill take a guess that these police might be preparing to control an anti war demonstration (the war with Iraq started while I was in Korea... yes the date of the photo might be wrong I know)

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