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Tourists flock to border town near North Korea

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:17

The South Korean town of Paju lies a short drive away from Seoul, and from the border with North Korea, but its become a family tourist getaway. Ryan Brooks reports.

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A day-trip getaway just short of the North Korean border. A short drive from Seoul is the city of Paju, the site of fiercest battles in the Korean War. But today, despite its proximity to Kim Jong Un's nuclear regime, the Korean tourism board says its a place where "Fairy tales come true". Featuring two massive outlet malls and a European-style village named after Provence, France, it's not far from South Korea's only "enemy cemetery" where North Korean and Chinese soldiers are buried. For many of Paju's visitors, Pyongyang's missiles seem like empty threats. "I think it's more of a show or performance. North Korea doesn't really intend to endanger us but is just provoking, so I don't feel a big threat," said one visitor. After a day out with the family, visitors can peep through a telescope across the border at the North, or take home some souvenirs to remember their close encounter. There are at least ten thousand artillery guns pointing toward the South. North Korea's propaganda claims at any moment they can turn Seoul into a "sea of fire." That's a doomsday threat that's played on repeat for years, and with memories of the war fading among the young, many South Koreans seem to have stopped listening.

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Tourists flock to border town near North Korea

Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 01:17