A Look Inside Peace Village – The Korean Border Ghost Town

Have you ever heard of Kijong-dong on the border of North and South Korea? Also known as Peace Village, Kijong-dong may look like any other village from a distance… But it’s completely deserted. With plenty of conspiracy theories surrounding Peace Village, it may be hiding more secrets than you thought.

A Fake Town

South Korean observers are adamant that Peace Village is a fake town, built only to spread propaganda. The village has never had a single resident and experts believe that the buildings themselves are empty shells, complete with painted on windows. Situated in the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) between North and South Korea, why would anyone go to all of the effort of building a completely fake town?

Not the Only One

Experts believe that Peace Village is just one of many fake towns, set up by North Korea, and dotted across the borders. Why? Well, with North Korea keen to portray an image of prosperity and economic success, these fake towns would go toward proving that the country is thriving. However, those who have been studying these ghost towns think that this is just propaganda from their neighbor.

No Man’s Land

When the Korean War came to an unofficial end in 1953, the DMZ was set up to separate the two nations. This 2.5-mile-wide zone spans the entire border of both countries and is filled with soldiers and mines from either side. In 1953, the countries were given the choice to retain or keep one village on either side. South Korea opted for Deaseong-dong (Freedom Village) and North Korea built Kijong-dong. The South Koreans have nicknamed Peace Village as ‘Propaganda Village’ and it’s believed to look like a Hollywood movie set inside.

North Korea is adamant that their little village is thriving, but experts from South Korea believe otherwise. What (or who) do you believe?