Welcome to Geolsan Village
The place is Geolsan Village, and it is located on the grounds of Camp Casey, which is itself part of the Second Infantry Division of the U.S. Army in Dongducheon, about 64 kilometers (40 miles) north of Seoul. Deep within the base, which spans 3,500 acres, 61 houses occupied by 130 residents huddle together in close proximity in the mountains.
On a recent tour of the village for reporters led by Dongducheon City Council Chairman Hyeong Nam-seon and Donducheon City Government employee Kim Dong-hun, the group paused at the entrance to Camp Casey. There, a Korean national flag hangs next to the Stars and Stripes and a poster of a handshake, all of which remain as constant reminders of the 1950-53 Korean War, which ended with an armistice that brought an end to the hostilities.
By Kim Su-jeong