"On the Far Side of the Kimchee Curtain... Kaesong" Top 5 Page for this destination Kaesong by schwein

Kaesong Travel Guide: 69 reviews and 210 photos

Kaesong is a city with some history behind it.

The original capital of Koryo (918 A.D. - 1392 A.D.), the capital was then moved to Hanyang, what is now the area of Seoul, after an assassination and governmental upheaval.

It was also the only major city to have changed hands between North and South Korea as a result of the Korean War (being either 'liberated' or 'occupied', depending on your point of view).

During the Korean war this city was a no-fire zone, as it was used as a staging area for discussions between the two sides. Because of this, many of the original structures and historical artifacts were left undamaged, unlike the rest of Korea. Makes for some interesting things to see while visiting! There are many neat natural areas around the city, too.

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:Historical places, clean air, friendly and curious people.
  • Cons:Wandering around will get yourself shot...
  • In a nutshell:Very interesting place!
  • Intro Updated Jul 14, 2008
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  • Mr.Sparkle's Profile Photo
    Nov 10, 2009 at 3:41 AM

    cool page. I would love to visit there, but sadly i don't think its in the cards for me. the board is shut down right now, isn't it?

  • jckim's Profile Photo
    Oct 12, 2009 at 5:57 AM

    Hey Michael! i'm never been there,but i know only history books and textbooks.. :)) great pages! thanks!

  • Jul 15, 2008 at 10:53 PM

    Super tips! I want going there soon.

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