February 20, 2019
The country’s five border islands on the Yellow Sea -- Baengnyeongdo, Yeonpyeongdo, Daecheongdo, Socheongdo and Udo -- are quite close to North Korea. Due to national division, residents of these islands have been limited in earning income because of government-designated fishing zones and a ban on night fishing.
Cross-border tension persisted around these islands for a long time as inter-Korean military conflict continued in the form of naval skirmishes or artillery shelling by the North.
Thanks to the thawing atmosphere on the Korean Peninsula, these five islands, once considered a flashpoint in the region, will be reborn as part of sea routes of a “peace economy.”