Before Kelly and I started some more shopping, we headed out to see the Wall. Yes the Berlin Wall where everything stopped and re-started. Honestly, I have been anti- reunification of North and South Korea for No specific reasons, or from the fear of uncertainty. But after my visit to Berlin, I have a hope. We can do this. It was a touching moment for me. For my people back in Korea, and for the people here in Germany. And most of all, for the World.
Despite my early morning unsexy jet legged puffy eyes, Here I am standing in front of the Berlin Wall. Wow. I can’t believe I am here…!
The concrete barrier built by the German Democratic Republic ( GDR, East Germany) existed from 1961 to 1989. Almost for a 30 years. A euphoric public and souvenir hunters gradually chipped away parts of the wall; the governments later used industrial equipment to remove most of the rest. And now since the wall broke down, it has passed 20 years! After the Wall came down in 1989, hundreds of artists from around the world gathered and transformed the eastside of the Wall that had been untouchable up to now, with their paintings, giving the Wall a new face in a new time. This remain wall has been used as blank canvas for about 106 Artists and called as ”East side Gallery” which houses the longest remaining Berlin wall of 1.3 Km , which makes it the largest open gallery in the world.
Between Oberbaumbrücke (Oberbaum Bridge) and the Ostbahnhof, along the former borderline that ended at the Spree and Mühlenstrasse, stretches a unique picture palette that marks a sign of overcoming inhumanity.
The Berlin wall getting built: 1961. Below is Oberbaum Bridge next to the site and the view from the bridge.