Officials From South Korea Return From Mt. Kumgang

Grace Woo, Jan. 26, 2018, 10:09 a.m.


A team of South Korean government officials returned Thursday after a three-day inspection of facilities for joint events in North Korea's Mt. Kumgang and Wonsan area. The two Koreas will celebrate the eve of the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang with a cultural event there on Feb. 4. There is also speculation that a K-pop concert could be held at the mountain resort, considering that the chief of an agency supporting K-pop was a member of the team. There is a 620-seater domed theater which was built with South Korean money.

The 12-member team also inspected Masikryong Ski Resort, where up-and-coming skiers from both Koreas are to train. South Korean inspectors traveled unaccompanied by any reporters and gave out only limited information on their itinerary to the media.

Meanwhile, eight North Korean officials and a team of female ice hockey players also arrived in South Korea on Thursday. The officials will inspect Olympic sports arenas, accommodation quarters for athletes and cheerleaders, and the space where a Taekwondo demonstration team will perform.

They first went to Inje, Gangwon Province, where an army of North Korean cheerleaders will stay during the Olympics, and spent around two hours looking around. After lunch they traveled to Gangneung, where they inspected an ice arena that will host the figure skating and short-track speed skating events.

On Friday they will inspect accommodation in Pyeongchang and come to Seoul to look around venues for a performance of its taekwondo demonstration team.

They return home on Saturday.

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