World The 'Truce Village' between North and South Korea

13:55  06 january  2018
13:55  06 january  2018 Source:   PRI

How North and South Korea got back in touch

  How North and South Korea got back in touch On Wednesday, a phone rang in a room in an uninhabited village in the demilitarized zone separating North and South Korea. On the other end was a diplomatic breakthrough.For the first time since February 2016, the North was calling the South.

A concrete border is seen as a South Korean soldier stands guard at the truce village of Panmunjom, South Korea , July 19, 2017. dubbed “the most dangerous golf course in the world,” a gift shop and a famous conference room with a line through it demarcating the border between North and South .

The country is virtually an island as it is bordered to the north by reclusive North Korea . There is only one place, called a truce village , where South Koreans and visitors can see the border and It was the start of tense relations between the two rivals after a decade of exchanges and steps toward peace.

a man standing next to a fence © Kim Hong-Ji/Reuters

Next week, top officials from both South Korea and North Korea will be going to a village in the demilitarized zone called Panmunjom to discuss the Winter Olympics.

Panmunjom is historic.

It's where the armistice was signed in 1953 that brought fighting in the Korean War to an end.

Now, it’s become a tourist destination — although a dangerous one — known to some as ''the most tense place on the planet.''

It’s one of the only places where soldiers from the North and South stand face-to-face.

Before entering, visitors have to sign a waiver stating that they understand this visit “will entail entry into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death."

But Isaac Stone Fish, a senior fellow at the Asia Society, who has made the trip many times over the past several years, says the trip is well worth it.

There’s a golf course, dubbed “the most dangerous golf course in the world,” a gift shop and a famous conference room with a line through it demarcating the border between North and South.

Koreas agree to hold Olympics talks on Wednesday, Seoul says .
<p>North and South Korea agreed to hold working talks on Wednesday on the North sending athletes to next month's Winter Olympics in the South, Seoul's unification ministry said, as months-long tensions over the North's weapons programs ease.</p>The North asked for the meeting to be held at Peace House on the South Korean side of the truce village of Panmunjom in the demilitarized zone that divides the two Koreas, the ministry said in a statement.


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