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North and South Korea met in the truce village of Panmunjom — these extraordinary photos show what it's like

North and South Korea met in the truce village of Panmunjom — these extraordinary photos show what it's like

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For the first time in more than two years, delegations from North and South Korea have met for official talks.

Their meeting place was "truce village" Panmunjom, the site of the signing of the Korean Armistice Agreement in 1953.

Since then, Panmunjom has become the only part of the demilitarized zone where North and South Korean soldiers face one another every day, and where foreign dignitaries come to peer into North Korea for themselves.

But life in Panmunjom and surrounding villages is remarkably ordinary. Shops exist, kids attend schools and farmers toil the fields — though much of this is done with a backdrop of high tensions and a military presence.

There's also a thriving tourist scene. According to PRI, visitors must sign a form that says they understand their visits “will entail entry into a hostile area and the possibility of injury or death."

Keep scrolling to take the tour for yourself:

'Peace House' sits on the South Korean side of the truce village Panmunjom in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ). This is where talks between North and South took place on January 9.

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The six blue and white buildings straddle the demarcation line and are jointly used conference rooms.

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Over the years, many photos have captured North Korean soldiers looking into these rooms when they're in use by South Korea.

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