You don’t often hear anyone say anything positive about the division on the Korean peninsula, but a story in the Chosun Ilbo today suggests there’s at least one good thing that’s come out of it. The area surrounding the DMZ has been almost completely free of human residents on the South Korean side for nearly sixty years. As a result, it’s flourished into one of the most interesting destinations for ecologists studying wild life and plant life in all of South Korea. There is now a push by the South Korean Nature Conservation Bureau to designate the DMZ as a national park by the end of this year. What a strange world.

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