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A front-line observatory that allows curious visitors to peer at parts of a picturesque North Korean mountain across the heavily-mined Demilitarized Zone. These are bitter reminders of the seven decades of the Korean division as they play out in South Korea's Gangwon province, whose three towns, together, are hosting the ongoing Winter Olympics.KIM IL SUNG'S VILLAOnly a few kilometers from the DMZ, this stone villa near South Korea's scenic Hwajinpo Beach was once a holiday home for the late North Korea founder Kim Il Sung, the grandfather of ruler Kim Jong Un.Formerly called "Hwajinpo's Castle," it belonged to North Korean territory before the 1950-53 War, but it wound up in South Korea after a border was redrawn slightly after the war's end.South Korea had first let military generals use the villa as their vacation resorts, but turned it into a tourist site in 1999 .Many visitors say South Korea should preserve this villa as a historical site for younger generations.Kim Jong Il ruled North Korea for 17 years after Kim Il Sung died in 1994 .
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