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Kosŏng: Watching The Sun Rise Over The East Sea

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Modern Western history was in an age of light from Dante Alighieri to Albert Einstein. Modern astrophysics discovered that the secret of space lies not in stars emitting light but in the dark space between them, that is, darkness itself. The majority of the Park's tourists are individuals whose family members live in North Korea and they are neither interested in the South's criticism of the North nor the North's backbiting vis-à-vis the South. For them, the tourist telescopes at Kosŏng Unification Observatory make them feel homesick for their hometown in North Korea more than anything else. Korea's regions have traditionally been power bases between which dialog tends to become unilateral since mutual recognition and treating the other as an equal are not a given. Information from the East Sea is controlled by the US military, not by South Korean or Japanese military forces.

Keywords: East Sea; Japanese military forces; Korea; Kosŏng; US military



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