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U.S. and South Korean soldiers of the combined 2nd Infantry Division train at Camp Red Cloud in Uijeongbu, South Korea. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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For South Korea-U.S. Summit, The Big Question Is Still North Korea

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Songdo, outside Seoul, was envisioned as a futuristic international business hub, drawing residents from all over the world. Instead, this young city has become populated mostly by Koreans. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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A South Korean City Designed For The Future Takes On A Life Of Its Own

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Armed South Korean soldiers cross a bridge on a truck in the border town of Paju, South Korea, on Sunday, as negotiators from the South and North Korea resumed talks. EPA/Landov hide caption

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An undated composite photograph showing the delegates at the Panmunjom talks on Saturday. (Left to right) South Korean National Security Adviser Kim Kwan-jin, South Korean Unification Minister Hong Yong-pyo, Hwang Pyong-so, the North Korean military's top political officer and Kim Yang-gon, the top North Korean official in charge of inter-Korean affairs. EPA/Landov hide caption

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A shop at Seoul's Namdaemun's market where electric fans are sold. Despite scientists who tell them it's safe, many older South Koreans believe that it's dangerous to go to sleep with an electric fan on and never do so. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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South Korea's Quirky Notions About Electric Fans

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Visitors look at a miniature map of the Korean Peninsula at the Odusan observatory in Paju, Gyeonggi-do, South Korea, on Friday. North Korea is set to push back its clocks by half an hour to mark the end of Japanese occupation after World War II. Jeon Heon-Kyun/EPA/Landov hide caption

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A stage production or a Korean wedding? It can be hard to tell. Elise Hu/NPR hide caption

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Need Fake Friends For Your Wedding? In S. Korea, You Can Hire Them

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Not only did the family trade their urban life for one in a beautiful valley surrounded by mountains and trees, but they also earn $300,000 a year. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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Tired Of The Seoul-Sucking Rat Race, Koreans Flock To Farming

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Traditional architecture and modern skyscrapers overlap in central Seoul. Ari Shapiro/NPR hide caption

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In Seoul, Where Everything Moves Fast, There's Also Longing For The Past

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