South Korean families set to meet relatives in the North

Sokcho, South Korea Published: Aug 19, 2018, 04:37 PM(IST)

South Korean separated from families living in the north, arriving at Hanhwa resort and checking in. Photograph:( Reuters )

South Korean family members gathered at a border resort facility on Sunday, a day before they were due to meet relatives in North Korea, many of whom they have not seen since the 1950-53 Korean War.

About 200 people consisting of 89 participants who were selected for the reunions and their family members arrived at Hanwha Resort in the border town of Sokcho, about 190km (118 miles) northeast of Seoul.

The participants will attend an education session and get a brief health check-up before they cross the border on Monday morning (August 20) for a three-day trip to the North.

More than 57,000 South Koreans mostly in their 80s or 90s, are registered with the with hopes they will be selected for a brief meeting with loved ones.

93 South Koreans and 88 North Koreans were chosen for a new round of reunions that will begin on Monday at a resort in North Korea's Mt Kumgang, a popular tourist area. Four South Koreans cancelled their trip to the North at the last minute due to health conditions, South Korea's Red Cross said.

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