South Korean historians visited North Korea on Thursday to attend a special exhibition of relics that have been jointly unearthed by the two nations.
Eighty-one members of an association of historians dedicated to inter-Korean history and four officials of the Korean Council for Reconciliation and Cooperation entered the North via the Gyeongui rail line to attend the event at the Manwoldae Palace in the border city of Gaeseong.
They attended the opening ceremony of the exhibition at the Goryeo Museum in Gaeseong and also toured the joint excavation sites in addition to the Gaeseong Chomsongdae astronomical observatory which is a designated national treasure in the North.
The South Korean group also held a forum with North Korean historians and discussed ways to preserve and utilize the Manwoldae palatial site.
In a separate event, 63 South Korean Buddhist officials including Venerable Jaseung, head of the Jogye Order Buddhist sect, also visited North Korea on Thursday to attend a joint Buddhist service at Shingye Temple at Mount Geumgang to mark the 8th anniversary of the temple's restoration.
Seoul's Unification Ministry said that 997 South Koreans were in the North on Thursday.