You Can Buy That at Korea’s DMZ? 15 Strange Souvenirs You Will Never Understand

Daryl Paranada

Updated on Wed Jun 4, 2014

Straddling the 38th parallel between North and South Korea lies the most heavily militarized border in the world. It’s called the Korean Demilitarized Zone — a strip of land that’s roughly 160 miles long and full of barbed-wire fences, land mines, listening posts, and of course soldiers.


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Curious visitors to South Korea can visit the DMZ on a guided tour, taking in sites like Camp Bonifas, a U.S./South Korean military base, and the Joint Security Area, where South and North Korean forces stand facing each other. As part of the tour, visitors can also take a peek at — what else — a gift shop. Called the world’s most bizarre gift shop by some, you can purchase everything from utensils to t-shirts to North Korean currency and alcohol.

Typical tours take you to an infiltration tunnel built by North Koreans as well as Dorasan Station, a railway that connects North and South Korea. At each of these stops, gift shops hawk unusual and kitschy items. Take a look at the slideshow to see the strange gifts you can buy.

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