Dulce et decorum est
The Island of Ganghwa is located west of the Korean mainland near the mouth of the Han River. As the Han River leads to Seoul, the island has proven important militarily. At various points over the last five thousand years, it has been used as a place of refuge from invading Russians, Mongols, and Chinese, and as a battleground in squirmishes over religion, trade, and territory with the French, Americans, and Japanese. Today the threat comes from the North - only the main channel of the Han separates the island from Gaeseong in North Korea, and soldiers have set up military checkpoints around the perimeter of the island.