Departmental Bulletin Paper 安保とツーリズム―韓国の軍事文化とダークツーリズム―
National Security and Tourism: Military Culture and Dark Tourism in KOREA

佐々木, 正徳  ,  大宅, 美里

This paper describes Dark Tourism in South Korea. Since the Korean War truce of 1953, a military demarcation line (MDL) has been drawn between South Korea and North Korea. In the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) extending 2km to the north and south of the MDL possession of arms is prohibited, and the entry of civilians severely restricted.In Korea, many observatories and tourist facilities can be found along the DMZ. They comprise tourist spots for reflecting on national security, and at the same time, provide spaces for making a pilgrimage into dark memory.Self-naming ourselves as ‘Tourist Ethnographers’ , we went to a number of these tourist spots, for example, observatories, museums, materials centers, tunnels dug by the army of North Korea, abandoned stations, war sites from the Korean War, and so on.Through these visits, we were able to discover that these tourist spots related to the Korean War comprise boundary spaces, located at the juncture between the ordinary and the extraordinary.

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