Border tourism booms between N, S Korea

One of four North Korean-built tunnels found under the world's most heavily fortified border

Tourism to security-related sights near the border between North and South Korea has boomed since the leaders of the two countries met in April, Yonhap News Agency reports.

The number of visitors to tourist sights near the border has gone up 30 per cent, from 1,200-2,300 per day in the same period last year to 1,500-3,000 per day, the report said, citing the local government in Paju, a South Korean city at the western end of the inter-Korean border.

The sights include a tunnel constructed by North Korea for invading the South and the Dora Observatory from which the North Korean village of Kaesong is visible.

The Paju local government also ascribed the rise in the number of tourists to the lifting of restrictions on package tours imposed by Chinese cities following a diplomatic spat last year.

South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong-un held a historic meeting in the Joint Security Area of the Demilitarized Zone on April 27. At the summit, the pair agreed to agreed to pursue "complete denuclearisation" of the peninsula.