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Cruise liner hotel

Jeongdongjin must be one of the strangest places I have ever been - I mean where else can you find a North Korean submarine, a South Korean destroyer, a cruise liner on top of a cliff and a huge hour-glass that measures a full year?

We are here and did the lot!  The cruise ship is actually a hotel build to look like a cruise liner, but the view of it from the beach is quite realistic and very surreal.   Even stranger perhaps are the lengths that the hotel have gone to to make the cruise feeling seem genuine to anyone who stays there, including piping sound effects of seagulls to the surrounding area.

The two warships, however, are genuine enough and displayed here as part of a reunification museum.  The sub was captured by the South Koreans after a North spy mission went wrong and the submarine was washed ashore on the rocks nearby.

South Korean warship
   As a result perhaps most of the coast around here is heavily fortified and off limits.  One exception is the sandy strip in Jeongdongjin which is open to bathers and may also lay claim to having the closest railway station to the sea as the platform is only about 5 metres from the beach. 

We must be getting to grips with the Korean experience as tonight we try eating at a Korean seafood restaurant and end up ordering a seafood hotpot.  I scarely recognise the different types of sea creatures that are cut up and thrown into the pan, but the end result tastes good and we are non the worse for wear in the morning.

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Cruise liner hotel
Cruise liner hotel
South Korean warship
South Korean warship
North Korean submarine
North Korean submarine
View from the railway platform
View from the railway platform
Jeongdongjin
photo by: Riz7