Photographer's Note

The Kaesong Industrial Complex (KIC) is located inside North Korea just across the demilitarized zone from South Korea. The project was launched in 2004, largely financed by the South to increase co-operation.

South Korea has said the purpose of the KIC was to develop an industrial park where South Korean companies could manufacture their products using North Korean labor. All the goods made there are exported to South Korea for sale. The KIC is a duty-free zone, and there are no restrictions on the use of foreign currency or credit cards.

A total of 124 companies currently operate in the KIC from industries including clothing and textiles, car parts and semiconductors. Some 54,000 North Korean workers are employed there as well as hundreds of South Korean workers, according to the Unification Ministry in Seoul. It is the biggest contributor to inter-Korean trade.

Although it is great profitable business for North Korea in April 2013, the North shut down the complex for more than four months, after heightened tensions sparked by military drills by Seoul and Washington.
Similarly in 2009, North Korean authorities imposed a number of restrictions on the KIC after US-South Korean military drills. However, for the most part the KIC has continued to operate and expand despite the frequent flare-ups of tension on the peninsula.

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