A narrow strip of land that stretches across the Korean peninsula, the Demilitarized Zone is a tangible, tragic reminder of the civil war that cleaved the land in two. While hostilities have ceased, no formal peace treaty was ever signed between the two nations, and the overall situation remains tense. If and when North and South are ever reunified, the DMZ is slated to become an ecological park. Until that day, however, it remains the hair-trigger site of a potential conflict, but nonetheless an exciting place to visit.
In the West, the DMZ is perhaps best known for the Joint Security Area, the only place where North Korean soldiers stand face-to-face with their South Korean and American counterparts - and which has seen its fair share of bloodshed and antagonism throughout the decades. In addition, the DMZ is famous for the Third Tunnel of Aggression, one of a series of underground invasion routes dug by the North Korean military.