* Date : 2018-04-17
Foreign Correspondents Ep.82 - Panmunjom as a symbol of division and a window for dialogue
Panmunjom to host the inter-Korean summit
Panmunjom has become the focal point of attention ahead of the inter-Korean summit scheduled for April 27. Panmunjom and the Joint Security Area (JSA) which lies within, has come to symbolize a divided Korean Peninsula. The "Peace House" and "Freedom House" are both located in the Southern portion of Panmunjom from the military demarcation line, while Panmungak and Tongilgak lie to the North of the MDL. With the "Peace House" set to serve as the venue for the April 27 summit between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un, all eyes across the world are zooming in on Panmunjom as they await the outcome of the meeting.
Symbols of division from Panmunjom to the Berlin Wall
Panmunjom is officially designated as neutral territory that belongs to neither of the two Koreas. It has served as a window for dialogue between South and North Korea throughout history, and the two sides will be meeting again for the 2018 inter-Korean summit in the hopes of achieving peace. Panmunjom is rich in history, being the location where the armistice agreement was signed on July 27, 1953, and has served as everlasting symbol of a divided Korean Peninsula. There is a similar place in Germany which also experienced a history of partition, the Berlin Wall. The wall, which was erected in 1961, came down in November, 1989, following the end of the Cold War and the collapse of the communist bloc in Eastern Europe. Germany was finally able to achieve its dream of reunification in the following year of 1990. In this week's edition of "Foreign Correspondents", we take a closer look at Panmunjom and its dual image as both a painful reminder of a divided Korean Peninsula, as well as a channel of hope and dialogue between South and North Korea.