Broken Bridge

Bridge in Dandong

In 1950, during the Korean War, American troops ‘accidentally’ bombed the original steel-span bridge between North Korea and China. The North Koreans dismantled the bridge less than halfway across the river, leaving a row of support columns. You can wander along the remaining section of the shrapnel-scarred bridge and get within a good toss of a baseball of the North Korean shoreline, where there is a disused amusement park.

The Sino–Korean Friendship Bridge, the official border crossing between China and North Korea, is next to the old one, and trains and trucks rumble across it on a regular basis.


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