South Korean killed in North Korea

[singlepic=616,250,250,right]Two areas in North Korea are accessible to South Koreans for tours – Mt. Geumgang in the East and Gaesong in the West. I haven’t been to any of those areas and while my husband’s family have plans to go there, I intend not to go with them. It’s a matter of principle.
Today, a 53-year old South Korean woman is reported to have been killed in Mt. Geumgang by North Korean soldiers.

Park Wang-ja, residing in Nowon-gu, Seoul, was shot twice in her chest and leg when running away from a military restricted zone, according to reports.
“According to Hyundai Asan, a North Korean soldier fired a gun because Park fled despite a warning shot to stop her in a restricted military zone,” Kim said. “We regret the incident and we will shelve the tour program from Saturday until a government probe is completed.”
Read the full story here.

Korean news don’t usually mention the names of private citizens so I wonder why her name was mentioned. She was in her 50s and unarmed, so I wonder why she was shot twice. The soldiers could have just ran after her after the first shot. Was it necessary to shoot her again?


  1. I’m sure we’re going to see the problems with this…
    I hope they investigate this. I’m sure there were mistakes on both sides.
    What’s the appeal of the area? Is it really nice, or just dangerous?

  2. “Two months of violent protests over safe beef, nothing for an old lady who as executed.” – I found this KT’s reader’s comment full of “the heck!”. Well, it does make perfect sense to me…Bakit nga ba? Ano ba ung tao baboy-ramo? She was unarmed and such why should she be shot twice? Malamang tatakbo yon sa panic makarinig ba nmn ng putok eh.
    I was just thankful that nothing bad happened when we stayed there.
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  3. it was a sad fate for that old lady. However in the POV of the soldiers themselves, the north and south is still technically at war, and crossing a military zone is a no-no, irregardless whether it was done by mistake or with intention. In cases like this, you cant ask argue as to why that lady was shot despite the fact that she was unarmed, because this is a war, and the rules of one country does not apply to both. You dont expect “Miranda” rights here.

  4. Kala ko sa movie ko lang mapapanood yan, totoo pala. After reading your post, nagbasa pa ko ng mga articles tapos nalaman ko na ang lapit lang pala ng distance / border. Parang yung nangyari sa Germany and Switzerland noon. Hindi matulungan nung mga Swiss yung mga taong gustong pumunta sa kanila dahil di pa nakaka-cross ng line (as in literal na linya).
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  5. my husband said she could have been kidnapped… oh but he has a very wild imagination…
    anyway, the leftist newspaper is asking for the people to not be emotional about the incident… hmm… it’s okay to be emotional with cows but not with an ajumma’s death? yeah right!
    @joy >> sure, i’ll post your link now…

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