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 [19659008] 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. [19659008] 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.

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