Cheongho-dong, South Korea - Below the Demilitarized Zone that divides the two Koreas, a few North Korean refugees still live almost as close as they can get to their hometowns - but will cheer for the South at next month's Winter Olympics.
During and after the Korean War thousands of people who had fled the North settled on a peninsula in Cheongho-dong, one of the northernmost fishing ports on the South Korean coast.
The area became known as "Abai village", after the word for "grandfather" in the dialect of the North's Hamgyong region, where many of them came from.
Athletes from the North will be competing at the Winter Olympics around an hour away from Cheongho-dong in February, in a rare step forward for inter-Korean relations in the face of tensions over Pyongyang's nuclear ambitions.
But while the dwindling number of first-generation arrivals in Abai village feel a strong connection with the North, where many left families behind, they now identify as Southerners after spending most of their lives in the democratic half of the peninsula.
"We must cheer for our team, because I'm South Korean," said Hwang Seung-Hwan, 81, who arrived as a teenager nearly seven decades ago.
His friend Kim Kun-Wook, 83, added: "I live here so of course I will cheer for South Korea." Kim fled the North on a cold winter's day in 1950 at the age of 16 to avoid being forced to fight for Kim Il-Sung's Communist forces, packing onto a wooden boat with his older brother, father and around 50 other people.
Like many, Kim thought the war would be over in a matter of weeks and they would reunite with his mother and siblings in Hongwon county, in South Hamgyong province.
"But the armistice was signed and I couldn't return," retired driver Kim told AFP. "I'm still here and now I'm a grandpa." .
'Only a line divides us'
The Korean War ended with an armistice rather than a peace treaty, leaving the two Koreas technically in a state of war and the peninsula divided by the 240-kilometre (160-mile) Demilitarized Zone (DMZ).
Aside from their now brightly coloured roofs, the little houses of Abai village have changed little since then.
Its sandy beaches - and status as the filming location for a hugely popular television drama - make it a bustling weekend destination for South Koreans, and its narrow alleyways are crowded with restaurants serving Hamgyong-style dishes such as pork sausages and cold buckwheat noodles.
Hwang speaks proudly of Wonsan, 146 kilometres to the north and across the DMZ, as "the best port city".
But with no civilian communications between the two Koreas the villagers have never been able to contact their relatives, let alone visit.