Classical music, chandeliers and a buffet that is one of a kind. No, I´m not talking about a romantic five stars restaurant in Paris but about the press conference for iglidur® on tour in South Korea.
The voice of Ernie Kim, country manager of Korea, is supporting the atmosphere when he welcomed the journalists and opened the fourth press conference for iglidur® on tour.
Only three speaker were scheduled. Hyungtea Kim, product manager for bearings, followed Ernie on his warming words. He introduced several of the many possible applications in the automobile as well as presented the wide range of igus® products.
Last but not least, I informed about the retrofitting of the car and shared the experience I made during the last three months (oh my god, already three months????? The time went by incredibly fast).
All in all it was a great press conference with even more journalists than expected. It was the first time since the start of iglidur® on tour that a press conference took place in the middle of the tour. We have already been touring through Korea for almost one week.
As South Korea is kind of small (in comparison to the former trip-countries China and India) we could not only see different kind of landscapes but also important historic sights. As our bearings are all corrosion free and therefore can stand salty sea water easily, it was kind of natural to visit the Korean sea side. Iglidur® has been to the Indian ocean as well as at the sea in China. It was only logical to do the same in Korea, in particular as Korea is famous for its pretty sea shores.
Our first destination was Donghea. Donghea is a traditional port city that is not only home of many small sea food restaurants (there was one street with at least ten of the same restaurants next to each other) but also has a beautiful white sand beach that stretches along the coast for several kilometers.
From Donghea it took us north along the coast. The landscape gradually changed and got more mountainous. We stopped by at the most famous mountain scenery in Korea. Actually, it was one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes I have ever seen.
The Taebaek mountain range is located in a national park. The shape of the mountains, the dozens of waterfalls and the diversity of wildlife makes this area to a main destinations for traveller from all over Korea (by the way, it is very easy to distinguish South Korean traveller from other tourists. When South Koreans are going out in nature they always wear trekking clothes. Perhaps I´m wrong but this has been my experience so far). We climbed the Seoraksan mountain (1708 meters) that is the most famous mountain of this region. From there we had a stunning view.
After we could place an igus® flag on the top of it, I´m sure this flag will last forever and in 2000 years people will pilgrim to this place, we continued driving north up to the point where we couldn´t go further anymore.
I surely don´t need to tell you that the Korean peninsula is roughly split in half by the most heavily armed border in the entire world and that North and South Korea are still “at open war” with each other. After the Korean War in the fifties, a strip of land has been established as a buffer zone that is stretching for 2km on either side. This strip of land, also called Demilitarized Zone (DMZ), had been worked out between North Korea, South Korea, China and the United Nations as part of an agreement. After a long process of registration we were allowed to enter the zone with iglidur®.
I took this photo already as a picture of the day but want to post it again. To bring iglidur® close to the fence, so to a point that is in the focus of international politics, has been for me one of the highlights of the whole iglidur® on tour trip yet.
Throughout the whole time of the existence of the demarcation line, the South has discovered four tunnels that were dug by the North. These infiltration tunnels served the purpose of possible invasion by the North and to infiltrate spies and assailants to the South. We had the chance to visit the one that was detected last.
We are currently in Seoul. You have not the feeling that there is a threat from the North at all but if you are looking closer than you can see that the situation has been taking seriously throughout the whole time. This rocket launcher is located on a hill above Seoul and likely serves to intercept possible rockets from the North.
That´s all from me today,
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