South Korea guards hold hands to stop being dragged into North Korea
The demilitarised zone along the border of the Koreas is littered with a number of rarely used conference facilities, opened up only for meetings between the two states.
Although the two countries are not in a state of war, the conflict which led to the creation of the lengthy border in 1953 has never really ended.
And it seems some soldiers have taken the divide to heart – with North Korean soldiers rumoured to have snatched multiple guards from the south.
The DMZ is filled with mines
Now it has been revealed South Korean soldiers are forced to cling on to each other for dear life whenever they open doors to the outside of the facilities.
Guards have resorted to holding hands to open the door to the North, in case the Northern soldiers try to pull them out.
And some even rely on tethers and other pulley systems to make sure they cannot be dragged out.
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Taking pictures in the DMZ is easy, but if you come too close to the soldiers, they stop you
The DMZ is a highly militarised strip of land separating the North and South – measured at 160 miles long and 2.5 miles wide.
The area is filled with fences and concrete barriers, along with dozens of deadly mines and plenty of highly trained troops with their fingers twitching on the trigger.
Hundreds of soldiers were killed in skirmishes in the zone in the 1960s, and there have been several smaller incidents every few years since.
North Korean soldiers are rumoured to have snatched multiple guards
The DMZ is littered with a number of rarely used conference facilities
And while most of the area is cordoned off from opposing forces, the joint security area remains slightly more open.
And only a small concrete barrier separates a dictatorship under despot Kim Jong-Un and the newly flourishing democracy in the south.
The picture comes as tensions between North Korea and the West have heightened – and just days after US Vice President Mike Pence visited the DMZ in South Korea.