Korea’s Demilitarised Zone, the world’s most militarised border
It’s an eighty-minute ride from Seoul, the capital of the Republic of Korea. Often called the “village of peace”, Panmunjeom is where the 1953 Korean Armistice Agreement that paused the Korean War was signed. It is now in an electric fence and guarded by heavily armed soldiers. After the Armistice Agreement was signed, construction began in September 1953 on a new site located approximately one kilometer east of the village; this is the Joint Security Area and all meetings between North Korea and the United Nations Command or South Korea have taken place here since its completion. To avoid invasion from either of the newly formed countries, they decided to leave a two kilometer-wide land free of military activities on either side.