I still have time to do some tourism before or after interviews, so I did return to the War Memorial when it was open yesterday. Good thing I did since at least one interview subject said South Korea had not been in Afghanistan--the displays at the War Memorial suggested otherwise! What else have I learned there or elsewhere since my previous post?
- The tour guide brings you to a memorial room first and then when the lights go on, you realize you are standing on glass over some bones (fake or real?).
- I felt kind of like I did at the Hermitage in Leningrad (it was Leningrad at the time) where the group behind us was German. Yesterday, the group behind us was Chinese. Without Chinese intervention, there would be no North Korea, and Seoul would have only been lost and taken once.
- The coverage of a NK raid aimed at the Blue House made me realize I had taken a picture of the President's residence/White House equivalent.
- Really moving sculpture of a tear drop made of dog tags to mark the sacrifices and sadness that came with the international effort to reverse the North Korean invasion.
- How about some more perspective sauce: gas masks in the subway stations? Not for fire (ok, probably not) but for the WMD that Trump will demand NK gets rid of.
- Great names for coffee places here: