South Korea is hoping to spread some Christmas cheer to North Korea this year with the construction of a 30-foot-tall Christmas tree alongside its border with the north.
North Korea Bans public religious practice, but a South Korean Christian group has been given the greenlight from the government to illuminate a tree on an overlook less than two miles from the border.
The height of the tree, coupled with the elevation from the hill, should enable North Koreans living in border towns to see the display.
The previous tree was taken down earlier this year among threats from Kim Jong Un to shell the tower.
To counter the holiday symbol, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un’s regime threatened to fire shells at the tower. Earlier this year, South Korea’s military took the structure down, arguing that it was no longer safe.