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We found this nicely illustrated map at the DMZ in South Korea to be very amusing. Most maps have name of places and locations but this one has got a mission!!! Check out “Freedom of Village”! Shouldn’t it be Village of Freedom or Freedom Village instead? Another glaring mistake is the translation for the Imjin River. It was translated as Imjingang River. In Korean, gang means river. That means we are looking at 2 rivers here, no? Imjin river river? Such a beautiful place failed by bad translation. We love you Korea and we applaud the wonderful effort done to strengthen your soft-power globally but don’t let such slip-ups make you a laughingstock to international visitors. It’s so not worth it. — at Korea Tourism Organization (Singapore).


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