With all the talk about border walls, this weekend I heard a story that sounded like something from Lewis Carroll (You know, Alice in Wonderland).
Talk to a North Korean official and hear the lament about The Concrete Wall. Standing 5-8 meters high and 10-19 meters thick, with military positions, it was built by South Korea to segregate North Korea into isolation. Or, in the words of Colonel Kim Chang Yun of the Korean People’s Army, “The wall is a result of the hostile policy pursued by the USA and South Korea against unification.”
There is only one problem — it can only be seen from the North Korea side of the Demilitarized Zone. Anyone who visits North Korea gets to see the wall, but only from one spot. One Western visitor calls it North Korea’s Loch Ness Monster. All that can be seen from the South Korea side are hills.
Does The Concrete Wall really run the width of the Korean Peninsula? Or does it exist at all? If it does exist, is it a major impediment to reunification or simply part of the system that confines North Koreans to their own country?
I invite you to read “North Korea’s Loch Ness Monster – The Concrete Wall” at http://www.earthnutshell.com/north-koreas-loch-ness-monster-the-concrete-wall/ . The photo is one of many in the article; notice the Wall is depicted in a painting.