• In Korea’s easternmost DMZ observatory, teen Lee Eun-Kyung hopes for a future free from the fear of war. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    In Korea’s easternmost DMZ observatory, teen Lee Eun-Kyung hopes for a future free from the fear of war. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A dog greats visitors to Abai Village. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A dog greats visitors to Abai Village. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Abai Village is today’s tourist attraction rather than a village of poor fishermen. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Abai Village is today’s tourist attraction rather than a village of poor fishermen. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A statue on the beach at Abai Maul, a village of emigre North Koreans outside the port city of Sokcho in northeastern South Korea. The barbed wire symbolizes the DMZ separating the residents and their families from their hometowns in the North. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A statue on the beach at Abai Maul, a village of emigre North Koreans outside the port city of Sokcho in northeastern South Korea. The barbed wire symbolizes the DMZ separating the residents and their families from their hometowns in the North. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • The heritage of Abai Village: A bullock cart - a common form of transport in 1950s Korea - exhibit stands in front of photos of refugees from  North  Korea heading south during the war. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    The heritage of Abai Village: A bullock cart - a common form of transport in 1950s Korea - exhibit stands in front of photos of refugees from North Korea heading south during the war. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Chang Sok-hwan, head of Myeongpa-ri, the northern most village in South Korea, hopes for lowered tensions and better days ahead - assuming a positive outcome from the upcoming summits. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Chang Sok-hwan, head of Myeongpa-ri, the northern most village in South Korea, hopes for lowered tensions and better days ahead - assuming a positive outcome from the upcoming summits. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Back-dropping Abai Village., an express overpass frame the ‘Dragon’s Back’ - the peninsula’s mountain spine that stretches far up into North Korea. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Back-dropping Abai Village., an express overpass frame the ‘Dragon’s Back’ - the peninsula’s mountain spine that stretches far up into North Korea. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • The inter-Korean railroad in northeast South Korea is the country’s least used rail track
    The inter-Korean railroad in northeast South Korea is the country’s least used rail track
  • Immigration facilities at the Inter-Korean Transport Office have seen busier days. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Immigration facilities at the Inter-Korean Transport Office have seen busier days. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • The Main Street of Myeongpa-ri is quiet, but the thunder of artillery from a nearby firing range reverberates in the distance. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    The Main Street of Myeongpa-ri is quiet, but the thunder of artillery from a nearby firing range reverberates in the distance. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • A single guard stands outside the Inter-Korea Transit Office. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    A single guard stands outside the Inter-Korea Transit Office. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Ghost patrol: a pair of South Korea soldiers walk through the echoes of the Inter-Korean Transit office in Gangwon Province
    Ghost patrol: a pair of South Korea soldiers walk through the echoes of the Inter-Korean Transit office in Gangwon Province
  • Woo Gye-keun hopes for a bit more hustle and bustle after the April 27 inter-Korean summit. Behind him is a painting of the scenic Mount Geumgang in North Korea, where a South Korean resort has been shuttered since 2008. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Woo Gye-keun hopes for a bit more hustle and bustle after the April 27 inter-Korean summit. Behind him is a painting of the scenic Mount Geumgang in North Korea, where a South Korean resort has been shuttered since 2008. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
  • Signage at a DMZ observatory. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon
    Signage at a DMZ observatory. Photo: Asia Times/Andrew Salmon

In South Korea’s far north, summit hopes rise

In a ghostly transport complex; in South Korea’s most northerly village; and in an émigré North Korean settlement; attention is fixed on upcoming summits

April 11, 2018 6:56 PM (UTC+8)
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