Located 7 km from the Military Demarcation Line, Imjingak is now at the forefront of tourism related to the Korean Conflict. It was built in 1972 with the hope that someday unification would be possible. The three-storied Imjingak is surrounded by several monuments, the Unification Park and the North Korea Center. Four hundred (400) kinds of photos and documents showing the stark reality of North Korea are displayed in the North Korea Center’s Unification Board. Outside Imjingak, there are twelve (12) kinds of tanks and crafts on display that were used during the Korean Conflict. Mangbaedan, which stands opposite of Imjingak, is known as the place where people from North Korea visit and perform ancestral rites by bowing towards their hometown every New Years Day and on Chuseok. The Bridge of Freedom, which South Koreans crossed when they came back to their mother country from North Korea, stands behind Mangbaedan.
The Bridge of Freedom:
The only bridge that crosses Imjin River, the Bridge of Freedom is the only connection between South and North Korea. It is said that about 13,000 prisoners of war crossed the bridge crying “hurrah” for freedom, thus giving it its name.