Inside Panmunjom: The DMZ ‘truce village’ that will host historic talks between Kim Jong-un and South Korea

For 65 years the ‘truce village’ of Panmunjom has straddled one of the most dangerous borders in the world, dividing authoritarian North Korea from South Korea’s democracy, and acting as a bitter symbol of two neighbours who are still technically at war.  

Situated in the Joint Security Area (JSA) of the Demilitarised Zone (DMZ) between North and South, it has been the site of an axe murder and several shootings. Bullet holes from the gunning down of a defecting North Korean soldier in November are still visible. Oh Chong-song, 25, survived and now lives in Seoul.

But this week the so-called Peace House, an imposing three-storey building in the centre of the JSA, is receiving a fresh lick of…

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