South Korea | From DMZ to Seoul, hope and concern as summit approaches

From DMZ to Seoul, hope and concern as summit approaches

In South Korea, summit fever is reflected in optimistic signage and excited reports. But some caution against excessive anticipation

April 24, 2018 7:02 PM (UTC+8)
  • Inside the DMZ, binoculars  on the roof of Daeseong Dong’s village hall are aimed at North Korea, just 400 meters distant. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Inside the DMZ, binoculars on the roof of Daeseong Dong’s village hall are aimed at North Korea, just 400 meters distant. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Panmunjeom church in Daeseong. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Panmunjeom church in Daeseong. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A South Korean soldier stands sentry in Daeseong Dong’s northward road. North Korea is just 400 meters distant. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A South Korean soldier stands sentry in Daeseong Dong’s northward road. North Korea is just 400 meters distant. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • There is not much showing at the DMZ theater. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    There is not much showing at the DMZ theater. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A South Korean guard post stands watch over the DMZ. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A South Korean guard post stands watch over the DMZ. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • The DMZ village of Daeseong Dong lies in the shadow of a giant South Korean flag. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    The DMZ village of Daeseong Dong lies in the shadow of a giant South Korean flag. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • All appears normal inside Daeseong school, which has some of the best student/teacher ratios in the country. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    All appears normal inside Daeseong school, which has some of the best student/teacher ratios in the country. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • ...but outside the school, a soldier stands guard. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    ...but outside the school, a soldier stands guard. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • An observation post overlooking the DMZ is emblazoned with signage reading “An end to separation, the start of reunification.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    An observation post overlooking the DMZ is emblazoned with signage reading “An end to separation, the start of reunification.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • The sign over the chechpoint that leads into the DMZ reads “Paju County Preparing for Reunification.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    The sign over the chechpoint that leads into the DMZ reads “Paju County Preparing for Reunification.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A huge banner at Seoul City Hall reads “As South and North make peace, Seoul City goes together.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A huge banner at Seoul City Hall reads “As South and North make peace, Seoul City goes together.” Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Even the Foreign Press Center in Seoul has not escaped the summit sloganeering. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Even the Foreign Press Center in Seoul has not escaped the summit sloganeering. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
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