Tourists watch buses transporting South Korean participants for a reunion at the Unification Observatory, just south of the DMZ in Goseong, South Korea, October 20, 2015. (REUTERS/Kim Hong-Ji)
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Hundreds of South Koreans crossed the border to the North on Tuesday for emotional three-day reunions with family members most hadn't heard from since the war between the countries more than 60 years ago.About 390 South Koreans, some in wheelchairs, others leaning on walking sticks, made their way through an immigration office in Goseong, a South Korean town on the world's most heavily fortified border. In a second round, from Saturday until Monday, about 250 South Koreans are to visit the mountain resort to reunite with about 190 North Korean relatives, the Unification Ministry said.Nearly half of the 130,410 South Koreans who have applied to attend a reunion have died.It brought in nearly 2 million visitors, mostly South Koreans, and provided the government with much needed hard currency.About 18,800 Koreans have since participated in 19 face-to-face reunions and about 3,750 others have been reunited by video.
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