The glorification of war

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An article I was inspired to write after a trip to South Korea.

Submitted: May 14, 2019

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The glorification of war

 

 

While on a trip to South Korea I was able to visit the North Korean border (DMZ) on a tour. Myself and a group of curious tourists packed onto a coach for a half-day trip to three destinations, all of which had connection to the North Korean border. There is an option to take a full day trip but due to high tension we were not able to experience it. Personally, I find the culture of North Korea intriguing but I wasn’t overly thrilled for the trip. The reason for this article is not to review each destination and recommend certain aspects of the trip; I feel as if that would feed into the issue at hand. While on the 4 1/2 hour trip I found myself rather shocked by the significant amount of souvenir shops and tourist attractions; I understand that there are many tours and therefore many tourists but I found people taking cheery selfies and comical group photos rather insensitive. Obviously, it’s a matter of personal opinion and I guarantee the majority of people on the tour would disagree with me but I felt the need to at least question the intentions behind the glorified tours available to everyone and anyone. I feel as if the glorification of the North Korean tension and culture may then remove some of the educational purposes of the tour and could possibly stray away from the key issues with the tension and how it is being dealt with. Another concern of mine is the intention behind the vast amounts of tourist attractions; the obvious answer is income and greed but I’d like to think that there is a more innocent intention. Perhaps those running the attractions and tours may just want to make it seem more welcoming and create a friendlier vibe as to not scare tourists. Whatever the true intention behind it, I still find the whole ordeal rather unsettling. If you find yourself on one of the numerous tours and discover you share my opinion or one similar to mine maybe you could take comfort in the cuddly toys in military uniforms or the limited edition DMZ chocolate bars.

 

 

 

 


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