Lights Go Out at Aegibong Peak on Western Frontline

A giant steel Christmas tree at Aegibong Peak on the western frontline was switched off on Saturday after being lit for the first time in seven years on Dec. 21. "From now on, we will strongly consider turning the lights back on whenever we receive a request from religious groups, including the Buddha's Birthday," a military officer said.

The lights on Aegibong Peak, just 1.8 km from North Korea, were lit up every year since 1954 but turned off when the two Koreas agreed during military talks in 2004 to halt psychological warfare operations along the heavily fortified border.

englishnews@chosun.com / Jan. 10, 2011 12:37 KST