기록리더 : Lim chae won
기록리더 학교 : Seoul Samyook high school
취재 날짜 : 2019.01.06
취재 장소 : DMZ Museum
취재 제목 : DMZ Museum
문화재 취재내용 :
Established in 1953, the Demilitarized Zone runs across the entire length of the Korean peninsula.
The 248 kilometer belt that separates the two Koreas has long been an all too real symbol of war and division.
But just ten kilometers from the heavily armed border, in Goseong County, stands the DMZ Museum.
Here you can find all kinds of historical records and artwork related to the DMZfrom the outbreak of the Korean War and the signing of the Korean War Armistice Agreement in 1953 to landmines and propaganda leaflets exchanged between the Koreas over the past several decades.
There’s also a section showing the records of the fallen soldiers from the Korean War, the family pictures they kept with them, and their unsent letters.
The museum says the number of Korean and foreign visitors has jumped 50 percent between May and June compared to the same period last year following the inter-Korean summit and the North Korea-U.S. summit in Singapore.
Museum director said, “Like the Berlin Wall which was a product of the Cold War, the DMZ is a legacy of the Korean War. It’s of the past. But it exists in the present and in a way it also extends to the future as its meaning evolves. We hope to capture that change and meaning as the DMZ garners even more attention as a magnet for tourists.”
That different meaning can be seen by the flourishing wildlife in the DMZ, which has been a human-free haven and is estimated to be home to over five thousand different animal and plant species.
Pictures of previous inter-Korean business projects like railways that once crossed the DMZ, connecting the two Koreas, show the possibility of closer economic ties.
But there’s even more to the museum than that.
On the second floor stands trees decorated by visitors themselves, a special touch presenting their hopes on the future role of the DMZ.
From teenagers to 92-year-old Mr. Ryu, who fought in the Korean War, details differ, but broadlythere’s renewed hope for peace and a fresh start .
배운점 및 느낀점 :
The tragedy of the Korean War (1950-1953) began on June 25, 1950 when North Korean troops flooded over the border. The Korean Peninsula was tainted with blood of thousands of soldiers, both domestic and foreign. No one won the war and the peninsula had to wear a belt named the Military Demarcation Line from July 1953.
The Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was established when both Koreas retreated two kilometers from the truce line under an agreement. After some 60 years, the 248-kilometer-long and four-kilometer-wide territory has become a repository of animals and plants since people are kept out of the area. Nowadays, the zone is rising as a tourist destination despite the restrictions.
Though only few people are allowed to actually go into the area, the story, artifacts and ecological information of the DMZ are kept at the DMZ Museum in Goseong, Gangwon Province.
The museum is composed of a main exhibition and multipurpose center, along with ecological reservoirs and other facilities. Rusted steel helmets and empty cartridges from the war are on display and replica landmines are laid under glass flooring.
“The museum is still unfinished. It will be filled with relics from the DMZ from South and North Korea when the two Koreas become unified. When the museum is completed, the day might be the day of unification,” Jeon Chang-june, director of the museum said.
문화재를 찾아가는 교통편 :
Unification Observatory-Ro, Hyunnae-myun, Goseong-gun, Gangwon Province