Kim Jong-Un's 'Enchantment' in South Korea Creates Splits
Kim Yo-Jong, the younger sister of North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un, dominated news headlines in South Korean newspapers. What do most South Koreans say about Kim Jong-Un's brother?
A friendly face that promises better times? Or mask covering the brutal dictatorship? South Koreans are split over their impression of Kim Yo-Jong, who made his first visit to South Korea since last week.
"They fired missiles for some time and conducted a nuclear test before suddenly launching this peaceful campaign I do not believe it," said South Korean citizen Kim Byoung-Gwan, who is an entrepreneur, as reported [AFP Kim Yo-Jong arrives in South Korea on Friday (9/2) and then “/> Kim Yo-Jong arrives in South Korea on Friday (9/2) and then Photo: Yonhap via REUTERS
Others question the great attention Kim Yo-Jong gets when he is in South Korea. "All the media in South Korea and the rest of the world are crazy about Kim Yo-Jong, it seems they will soon join North Korean propaganda media to worship and idolize them," commented one South Korean netizen.
Kim Yo-Jong became the first of the Kim Dynasty ruled in North Korea, who set foot in South Korea since the Korean War ended in 1953. He was present as a member of the high-ranking delegation of North Korea for the 2018 Winter Olympics.
Kim Yo-Jong instantly charmed South Koreans as well as global media since descending the escalator at Incheon Airport, South Korea on Friday (9/2) last week. At that time, Kim Yo-Jong seemed to observe the surrounding situation calmly. The flash of a reporter's camera bulb did not bother her at all.
In South Korea, Kim Yo-Jong shook hands with President Moon Jae-In several times. He was present to cheer up the ice hockey team with Moon. Kim Yo-Jong also convey an invitation from her brother to Moon, so she will visit Pyongyang soon. Every detail of his visit was exhausted by the media. Starting from the clothes he wore, facial expressions to handbags that he brought also handwriting.
Kim Yo-Jong arrives at Incheon Airport, South Korea on Friday (9/2) Photo: Yonhap via REUTERS  One calligraphist expert describes Kim Yo-Jong as a 'positive, passionate and highly focused on goal' figure from his handwriting in the guest book of the Presidential Palace of Korea or Blue House. He visited Blue House when invited to lunch by Moon on Saturday (10/2) local time.
Kim Yo-Jong invited lunch with South Korean President at Blue House Photo: AFP PHOTO / YONHAP
Professor Yang Moo-Jin from University of North Korean Studies in Seoul mentioned that Kim Jong-Un, who is the third generation of the Kim's rulers who ruled isolated and impoverished North Korea, would be very pleased with his sister's international debut.
"Kim (Yo-Jong) keeps smiling but at the same time rarely bows his head during the visit, even to our president so maybe Kim Jong-Un must compliment him at home," he said.