Tourists in Korea are mimicking Kim Jong Un's historic handshake with South Korea's president

  • North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in has sparked a new trend.
  • Tourists are mimicking the historic handshake between the two leaders.
  • Those who want to visit the site to restage the famous handshake will need to hurry, however, as the site is reportedly closing by the end of the month.
  • At the summit in late April, Kim and Moon pledged to work toward the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to sign a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War.

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s summit with South Korean President Moon Jae-in has sparked a new trend: tourists are mimicking the historic handshake between the two leaders.

Images of Kim and Moon shaking hands in late April were seen around the world and now tourists are doing their best to reenact the meeting at a replica of Korea’s Truce Village, which is located at a movie set not far from Seoul, the South Korean capital. The site was built for the film “JSA: Joint Security Area,” which was released in 2000.

Those who want to visit the site to reenact the famous handshake will need to hurry, however, as the site is reportedly closing by the end of the month.

At the summit in late April, Kim and Moon pledged to work toward the total denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and to sign a peace treaty formally ending the Korean War, which has technically been ongoing since the fighting stopped via an armistice in 1953.

North and South Korea have made major strides diplomatically in recent months after communicating for the first time in roughly two years. In 2017, Kim’s regime conducted a slew of missile tests, enraging the international community and raising tensions with both South Korea and the US to new heights. The situation has shifted drastically in 2018, however, as evidenced by Kim and Moon’s meeting.

Kim is also set to meet with President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12 to discuss the rogue state’s nuclear program.


Here’s the original image of the handshake between Kim Jong Un and Moon Jae-in.


These boys did their best to mimic the historic handshake.


This woman and young girl engaged in their own version of the handshake, which seemed to involve their pinky fingers.


This pair went for a hug rather than just a handshake (Kim and Moon also hugged at one point).


These parents got their daughter to snap a photo of them mimicking Kim and Moon’s handshake.

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