I awoke before dawn and traveled north of Cheorwon, past military checkpoints into the controlled area of South Korea’s Demilitarized Zone. While I had been inside this tightly guarded zone many times, the heavy fog and eerie silence, coupled with a half dozen Korean soldiers standing nearby sent a chill up my spine unrelated to the weather.
In this final episode of Explore Your Environment, I step across the military blockades and explore some of the hidden gems of the area. Watch as migratory geese soar overhead and the majestic red-crowned cranes take flight. See the eerie fog blanket North Korea from the Cheorwon Peace Observatory and where several lost their lives on Baekma Hill.