This is how I saw North Korea. This week my husband and I ventured to Gwanghwa Island, north of Incheon. At the northern tip of the island, the broad Han River is all that separates the Republic of Korea from her sister and archenemy, the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea. We visited the Gwanghwa Peace Observatory. From atop this hill, you have a perfect view of the north. There was a little riverside town, and I had expected it to be one of the fake villages, where no one actually lives. Nope, there were farm
fields, tractors, and people riding bicycles. It went against my ideas of North Korea. The ground next to the river looked lush and fertile; the hills quickly grew to mountains. It looked absolutely peaceful.
I captured this picture using the coin-operated, mounted binoculars at the observatory, and I could have looked all day. Special thanks to my husband and his iPhone case, both of which helped me take this picture!