The DMZ: the fissure between North and South

The DMZ: the fissure between North and South

Less than 50 kilometres from Seoul, an ultra militarised zone divides Korea, marking a total break between two diametrically opposed forces.

North Korea and South Korea share a common history, like that of two feuding brothers.

South Korea embraces modernity and capitalism, while North Korea is the last vestige of the Cold War, and one of the world's most isolated and totalitarian countries. For more than 60 years, the demilitarised zone, which runs along the 248-km border between the two states of the peninsula, has offered an almost unreal tableau, where soldiers of the two countries face each other in the tensest atmosphere imaginable. Not respecting the codes and regulations results in a diplomatic incident.

Walking along the DMZ, you glimpse another Korea that of the ‘hermit kingdom' of Kim Jong-un and hear a kind of echo of the Berlin Wall before its fall, where the military are on constant patrol.