Separated families who left Sokcho, Gangwon Province today have arrived at Mount Kumgang Hotel in North Korea for the meetings between separated families.
Since yesterday, a total of 389 South Koreans with relatives in the North stayed at a hotel in Sokcho, South Korea. Early this morning, the families left their hotel, arriving at Mount Kumgang around noon South Korea time.
The four-day event is separated into two parts serving two different groups, according to the itinerary provided by Ministry of Unification (MoU). A total of 830 participants from both Koreas are taking part, and each group gets a total of 12 hours of meetings set aside for them over three days.
Part one of the event started today, and until Thursday 96 separated family members from North Korea and 389 from South Korea will be meeting for the first time in more than 60 years. Part two will start on Saturday and last until next Monday. In this phase, 90 South Koreans will be meeting with 255 North Korean family members.
According to chart provided from MoU, the meetings will for the most part be held in either Mount Kumgang Hotel or the Reunion Center. The Yonhap News Agency reported that the Reunion Center is greater than 50,000 square meters in size and contains 206 rooms for families.
The group meeting and reception dinner will be held in the banquet hall of the Reunion Center, just as it was in last February’s meeting between separated families.
South Korean participants will be staying at Mount Kumgang Hotel, which opened July 2007, and Oekumgang Hotel, which opened at July 2006.
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