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[Photo News] Kim grants Moon’s wish to climb Paektusan

By Catherine Chung

Published : Sept. 20, 2018 - 15:25

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On the final day of President Moon Jae-in’s visit to Pyongyang, he and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un made a surprise trip to Paektusan on Thursday.

Moon had originally planned to return to the South following a farewell breakfast at the Paekhwawon State Guesthouse around 9 a.m. 

Accompanied by first ladies Kim Jung-sook and Ri Sol-ju, the leaders of the two Koreas took the hourlong car ride up to the sacred mountain’s peak, Changgun-bong, in separate vehicles. The four then took a cable car down to the famous crater lake, Chonji, and enjoyed a stroll together. 

As the event ended, the leaders locked hands and raised arms with the first ladies standing beside them. 

This marked the first time a sitting South Korean president has visited Paektusan via North Korean territory.

Photos by Pyeongyang Press Corps
Written by Catherine Chung (