28 January 2011

The modern megaliths of North Korea

From a photoessay with about a hundred photos of North Korea, I found the two above to be the most interesting: "The road is prepared for an invasion, the big cubes can be pushed on the road to trap the enemy tanks. Just in case, they put those things up on every road in the radius of 50km from the border, they are often decorated. "

Credit watermarked in the photos, via Reddit.


  1. When they say it's the most heavily fortified border in the world I would believe them. I visited the DMZ a few years ago when I was in Seoul and there are similar "tank traps" on the road heading there. Along the river heading back to the city there are watchtowers every fifty yards or so. I was told they have the ability to quickly destroy all of their own bridges to slow or prevent an invasion.

    The one silver lining may be that the "no man's land" of the border has become quite the accidental nature preserve over the years.

  2. @Joe - That's what I was going to say. I just visited Seoul to see my transplanted brother. We drove out with his wife's family to the DMZ on January 8, and they explained those big stones were for blocking the road and stopping tanks. I don't know why we voluntarily drove as close as possible to the most fortified border in the world, but what can you do.

  3. Something about the way this is named and the word "megalith" makes me wonder what these monoliths would look like, if they are still standing in 1,000 years, to anyone who came upon them. I wonder what people would make of them 1,000 years from now.


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