An Inside Look at What Some Call the Scariest Place on Earth

Some call it one of the scariest places on Earth; others view it more as a tourist spot. On a visit to the Korean border village of Panmunjom on Wednesday, the tension was palpable as North and South Korean troops glared at each other across the military demarcation line that divides their countries. Here's a look at what AP journalists saw on a media tour of Panmunjom, where the Koreas may sit down as early as Friday for their first face-to-face talks since late 2015.

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The Bridge of No Return is seen from the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Some parts of this bridge, where North Korea and the American-led U.N. Commanded exchanged prisoners of war at the end of the Korean War, were visible while other parts were invisible due to the woods.
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A South Korea army soldier gestures at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Some call it one of the scariest places on the planet; others view it more as a tourist spot. Several uniformed soldiers were at the village, which has a bleak cluster of blue huts where North Korean and U.S. military officers used to meet to oversee an armistice that ended the 1950-53 Korean War.
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A North Korean army soldier walks at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Panmunjom is located inside the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone that serves as a border between the Koreas, and the main road to the zone is lined with barb-wired fences and security watchtowers for kilometers miles.
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Army soldiers of North Korea, top, and South Korea stand guard at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Panmunjom is located inside the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone that serves as a border between the Koreas, and the main road to the zone is lined with barb-wired fences and security watchtowers for miles.
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A giant North Korean flag flutters from a 528-foot pole in the propaganda village of Kijong-dong as a South Korean army soldier stands guard at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
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A North Korean army soldier walks at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Panmunjom is located inside the heavily mined Demilitarized Zone that serves as a border between the Koreas, and the main road to the zone is lined with barb-wired fences and security watchtowers for miles.
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A giant North Korean flag flutters from a 528-foot pole in the propaganda village of Kijong-dong near the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017.
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A foreign journalist takes a picture of a South Korean army soldier at the Military Armistice Committee meeting room at the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. Some call it one of the scariest places on the planet; others view it more as a tourist spot.
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A North Korean monument with a propaganda message, left, is seen in Kijong-dong village near the border villages of Panmunjom in Paju, South Korea, Wednesday, July 19, 2017. The message is aimed at glorifying the Kim family that has ruled North Korea for nearly 70 years. The message reads: "Great comrades Kim Il Sung and Kim Jong Il will be with us forever."
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