Participants in the
reunions of separated families in 2018 (197 persons including 89
members of separated families for the first round of reunions)
gathered in Sokcho, Gangwon Province on August 19 and spent the
night there. The next day, they left for Mt. Geumgang in the North
to meet long-lost relatives.
Upon arriving at the North
Korean mountain, they had a quick lunch at Onjeonggak and pulled
themselves together while taking a rest at the Mount Kumgang Hotel
and the Oekumgang Hotel.
At 3 p.m., the first group meeting
began at the Mount Kumgang Hotel after 70 years of waiting. By 5
p.m., 197 South Koreans and 185 North Koreans met each other again
for the first time after all these decades.
Lee Su-nam, 77,
met his elder brother separated since age 9; Hwang Woo-seok, 89, was
reunited with his daughter separated since age 3; and Lee Geum-seom,
92, met her son separated since age 4. They held each other’s hands,
asked after each other, and reminisced.
The North hosted a
welcome dinner from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m., and the separated family
members enjoyed lively conversation while dining together.
August 21, they will have private meetings from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.,
and then the second group meeting will take place from 3 p.m. to 5