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Should Jeju Build An Underwater Train Tunnel To Solve Flight Problems?

After high winds & the biggest snowfall in three decades canceled flights & stranded thousands of passengers at Jeju’s only airport in January, an old but still untested idea resurfaced. Could problems related to weather delays & increasing travel to Jeju Island be solved by an underwater train tunnel? Korea FM spoke with Kojects construction & urban development writer Nikola Medimorec & Jeju Tourism Organization representative James Shin to find out.


Under the Sea

Under the Sea

Two women take an after-hours stroll through Tongyeong's Undersea Tunnel, Gyeongsangnam-do.

The tunnel was constructed during Japanese occupation of Korea in 1932, and was Asia's first submarine tunnel, connecting the city of Chungmu to Mireuk Island. Nowadays, a series of bridges also link the island to the mainland, and so the tunnel has been pedestrianised.

Tunnel Vision

The 38th Parallel- DMZ

One major attraction around Seoul is the trip to the DMZ - the De Militarized Zone, which is one of a kind in the world! The DMZ separates the North and South Korea and it runs 250kms long ending in the Yellow sea on the West to the Sea of Japan on the East. And is considered the most fortified and heavily guarded border in the world. The 4km wide buffer zone between the Koreas is populated with more than a million land mines. The DMZ trip that we took, does not actually take one into the DMZ. It merely takes us to the tip of the DMZ, lets one have a peek from the Dora Tower Observatory in the South at the North Korea, walk into one of the infiltration tunnels and visit the Dorasan Train station.

North and South Korea have not yet signed a peace treaty since the war in 1950 when the North Koreans attacked Soul on a Sunday. They have signed an armistice agreement, which means that both the sides have decided to stop fighting and they have agreed to have their forces moved 2kms on either sides from the Military Demarcation Line. The Joint Security Area is an area in the DMZ where tourists are allowed in but after extensive checks and reservation. But the JSA primarily still remains a place where the talks between the Koreas take place.

Seoul is just around 50kms away from the DMZ. It seems that the South Korean Government had given it a serious thought and even tried to move the capital further down South because of the constant threats from the North Koreans. But now, the South Koreans are so used to the North Korean threats that it doesn't even pop up in their Sunday morning chit chats.
 

Check posts on the way to the DMZ
Check posts on the way to the DMZ


A walk under the mines

The 3rd infiltration tunnel into South Korea

The most fun part in the DMZ tour was the descent into one of the 4 infiltration tunnels that the South Koreans have discovered so far. Our guide said that there could be as much as 20 tunnels leading into the South!

3rd infiltration tunnel

Entering the World’s Deepest Immersed Tunnel

Entering the World’s Deepest Immersed Tunnel

At 157ft, this tunnel is part of the Busan-Geoje Fixed link connecting bridge-tunnel-bridge.

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