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Two Korean soldiers-- one from Sariwan North Korea and one from Chongju South Korea-- stare intensely at one another watching each and every move They are in the DMZ a 4 km wide band stretching across 250 km of deserted land known as the demilitarized zone between the two Koreas They each represent their part of Korea The soldiers are in this uptight position because of the Korean War which never officially ended with a peace treaty As they watch one another it is as if they are looking at a mirror image of themselves Even though they are identical on the outside they are far from similar on the insideNorth Korea and South Korea like the two soldiers share some similar characteristics First they both have an extremely high literacy rate North Korea has 95 and South Korea has 97 literate citizens Education is free for students ages 5-16 and many take advantage of this academic offering Second what better food is there to be found in Korea than the fish than the fish that surround the peninsula The North and the South have major commercial fishing businesses In fact did you know South Korea ranks third in the worlds fishing industry Another common food between the North and South is rice Its the chief crop of the north and a wet- season crop in the south Third Korea has a homogenous society which means the citizens in the North and South have a common ethnic background Lastly both sides share the Korean language Approximately 110 million people living on the Korean peninsula speak this language which originated in Neolithic times Although you can see these few similarities it is difficult to find many common links between the two parts of Korea On the other hand the differences are far more apparentThe first big difference between North and South Korea is their government While North Korea is a hard- line Communist nation the
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