Thursday, July 31, 2014
DMZ TRAIN (part 2)
DMZ Train or Demilitarized Train or 평화열차 (literally "Peace Train") in Korean. Prior to embarking on the train, Freya took a pose in front of the train. Judging from the exterior of the train..it surely is a tourist train that caters the need of everyone's imagination of what it'd be like to take 1.5 hour ride to the border of South-North Korea.
Group picture. We're travelling with Mr. Nugroho and his family who happens to be in Seoul for a 3-week visit. This is our treat to take them to the trip into one-and-only place on earth where one nation divided into two.
Since our family has not been to the DMZ as well, I think it'd be a good chance for the kids to learn one or two about Korean history as well. So...that's why we booked 8 tickets!!! Oh, it turned out that the train was full of kids with parents...or parents with the kids...with the same intention as I did have I suppose?
There are three compartments with different themes: Love, Peace, and Harmony.
This is Love-themed compartment where we had our seats.
The television above displays real-time view of the upfront view of the locomotive so as to give its passengers the live-show of where the train was heading.
The interior of the train was really packed with everything: photos of mostly historical events related to the South-North Civil War, current development of Korea, the Korail itself, or...sentences with the same message: Peace Loving Harmony??? in various language...of course Indonesian language is included. But...I found Javanese, too.
Just look at the floor!!! Isn't it cool?
I mean..we would be pampered with bright and colorful displays of interior dexterity(?) that would be likable or distasteful for some. Well, it depends. But as for me..
it's wickedly designed to keep the passengers guessing and keep on talking about it.