NAMYANGJU, South Korea – This film studio on the eastern outskirts of Seoul has recently attracted large crowds, but not because they are movie fans.
Hordes of South The Koreans come to Naymyangju Studios to visit the outdoor replica of Panmunjom Border Village, where the historic meeting between South Korean President Moon Jae-in and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un took place at the end of April  School groups Couples and families are making a pilgrimage, and many are eagerly taking pictures to recapture the famous handshake that the two leaders spread over a raised concrete line that officially separates the Korean Peninsula.
The film set for the 2000s Action Thriller Joint Security Area by director Chan-wook Park, includes the well-known blue buildings of Panmunjom and a replica of the Panmungak Hall on the North Korean side of the border.
The real Panmunjo, located within the heavily fortified 160-mile, nearly 3-mile demilitarized zone that winds its way across the peninsula, is relatively easy for tourists to visit, but South Koreans have to go through a long clearance process to get there.  Access to the government-supported Korean Film Council studio is much easier, especially since admission is free in May.
"I have seen the InterContinan Summit, and although this is just a movie, I was just as excited," said Jo Min-seo, 16, a high school student here on a school trip.
Attitudes towards North Korea's Kim are dramatically weakened after the inter-Korean summit in which both sides decided to work on US denuclearization The Korean Peninsula and a peace treaty to officially end the Korean War.
For many in the South, it seemed to have a humanizing effect on Kim contacting the South Korean president and publicly calling for unification.
A survey by the Korean broadcaster MBC after the summit revealed that 78% of South Koreans said they trusted Kim. This number marks an incredible jump from a March Gallup poll in Korea, which found that only 10% of South Koreans had a positive opinion of Kim.
Gallup Korea's May 4 survey found that 88% had a positive response to the Inter-Korean Summit and 65% said their opinion of Kim had improved after the meeting between leaders.
"I always thought North Koreans were very hostile," said Jo. "But when I saw (Kim) talking to President Moon Jae-in … I thought that part of him is human, which, surprisingly, does not differ so much from us, so I feel less hostile to him now."
Cho Yoon-sang, 40, an optometrist visiting the studio with his wife and two children, also said that his opinion of Kim changed after seeing him at the summit] "He did not seem to closed, but more natural and open, "said Cho. "Maybe because he's young, and when he mentioned abandoning the nuclear program, it somehow made me feel peaceful, I have two children and it would be nice to show them a unified nation."
The Korean War ended in 1953, but the two sides are still technically at war, as a truce has been signed to end the fight instead of a peace treaty. The summit last month between Moon and Kim was only the third time that the leaders of the two countries met since the war.
Pyeongyang announced that it will dismantle its Punggye-ri nuclear test site this month, a move that President Trump made "very clever and amiable gesture" called. Trump and Kim will meet at a summit meeting in Singapore on June 12th.
Visitors can enjoy the replica of Panmunjom until the end of May Namyangju Studios joins to move to the southern port city of Busan.
Song Yeon-ja, 60, who lives near the studio, said she had been visited many times, but feels different now.
"Every time I'm here, I feel the tragic division of the country," she said. "Before the summit, everything seemed to be far away … But after President Moon Jae-in and Kim Jong Un met, everything now seems to be so close and friendly."
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