Demilitarized Zone



Demilitarized Zone

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Though it lost all strategic and political importance after reunification in 1975, the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) has  become a major tourist attraction and can be visited on a day trip from Hue or Dong Ha. Most tours start with the Hien Luong Bridge over the Ben Hai River, which once formed the  frontier, and a visit to the well- constructed Vinh Moc Tunnels  (see p154). The Truong Son National Cemetery, based to the west of Highway 1, hon ors the many thousands of North Vietnamese soldiers and Vietcong fighters killed in the area. From here, it is conve nient to head inland from Dong Ha along Highway 9, passing for mer US bases en route. Camp Carroll, Khe Sanh, and Hamburger Hill (see p49) have entered popular con scious ness through Hollywood movies. While there is not very much in the way of “sights,” the DMZ provides an often saddening tour. It is especially popular with military histo rians and American visitors.

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