PANMUNJOM - Joint Security Area
The above photos are from Camp Bonifas on the way to the briefing room. Prior to proceeding further on the tour to Panmunjom, this was a form I had to sign before going further, check it out and you will see this place ain't no regular tourist attraction. Being that this is actually a military base. Photography was pretty much limited to certain areas here, due to security issues.
VISITORS TO THE JOINT SECURITY AREA ARE REQUIRE TO READ AND SIGN THE FOLLOWING
1. The visit
to the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom will entail entry into a hostile
area and the possibility of injury or death as a direct result of enemy
action. The Joint Security Area is a neutral but divided area guarded by
United Nations Command military personnel on the one side (South) and The
Korean People's Army personnel on the other (North)
2. Visitors must comply with the following instructions:
a, UNC military personnel will wear appropriate military uniform prescribed by their service for off-duty wear. Other visitors will be dressed in appropriate civilian attire so as to maintain the dignity of the United Nations Command.
b. Prior to entering the Joint Security Area, each visitor (including military personnel) will receive a laminated guest badge which identifies him/her as an authorized guest of the United Nations Command. Guest badges must be worn on the upper left side of the outmost garment. Guest badges must be turned in prior to departure from Camp Bonifas.
c. Fraternization, including speaking or any association with personnel from the Korean People's ARMY/Chinese People's Volunteer's (KPA/CPV) side is strictly prohibited. Personnel from the KPA/CPV side are identified as follows:
(1) Military Personnel - Brown or olive drab North Korean Uniforms with red arm bands for guards with weapons and yellow arm bands for military Armistice Commission personnel.
(2) Press Personnel - Green arm bands.
(3) Visitors - Green pieces of cloth at upper pocket.
d. Visitors will not point, make any gestures or expressions which could be used by the North Korean side as propaganda material against the United Nations Command.
e. Visitors will remain in a group from the beginning to the end of the tour and will follow all instructions from their tour guide. Any complaints will be registered after returning to Camp Bonifas.
f. Firearms, knifes or weapons of any type will not be taken into JSA.
g. The area and buildings (tan colored) under the military control of the Communist side will not be entered for any reason. Permission of the tour guide must be obtained prior to entry into UNC buildings (blue colored) in the JSA.
h. At no time will visitors stand in the way of or interfere with military formations. Facilities and equipment inside the conference room will not be handled. Photography is permitted in the JSA but is prohibited enroute between checkpoint A (the entrance to Camp Bonifas) and checkpoint B (the entrance to the JSA)
I. If any incidents should occur, remain calm and follow instructions issued by security personnel.
3. Any questions concerning the above information should be brought o the attention of the tour guide.
I have read, understand, and will comply with these instructions. If I am accompanied by minor dependents, minors for who I am responsible for the purposes of this tour, my signature constitutes acceptance of the terms of these instructions in their behalf.
SIGNATURE: _________________________________ DATE: ____________________
EDITION of 1 MAY 85 WILL BE USED UNTIL EXHAUSTED
UNC FORM 12EK
Here we are at Panmunjom: The border line between North and South Korea.
Inside the MAC Building is where
you're only able to be right on North Korean turf. Spot the flag and the black
things on the table (this is the borderline). Note the picture of a guard in front of
a door... if you
can get past him, and walk out that door, you're in the hands of the North Korean Soldiers behind that door. Also in the pics which I kept at their
very large size (when blown up) you can spot the North Korean Soldiers standing
outside, and inside the guard tower. They were also gawking at us, taking pictures
and filming us.