Tuesday, October 27, 1998 Published at 08:24 GMT
Korean cows breach cold war frontier
Chung Ju-yung's cows - trucking across the border
One of the world's most closely guarded borders - between North and South Korea - was opened briefly on Tuesday to allow 501 cows to cross it.
Mr Chung, who was born in the North, is expected to meet the North Korean leader, Kim Jong- il, during his visit.
This is the second shipment of cattle organised by the Hyundai founder. His earlier visit in June was overshadowed by controversy when 71 cows died and the North accused the South of a plot.
Mr Chung, who is now in his 80s, says he ran away from home several times - and once financed a trip by by selling one of his father's cows without permission.
The gift of cattle is said to be a way for him to make amends for his youthful crime.
Cows and cars for peace
Talks in Geneva a week ago made some progress towards coming up with a peace treaty nearly 50 years after the open hostilities ended.
Mr Chung is playing a part in trying to improve relations and trade links between the two Koreas.
Along with the cows, he is driving some of Hyundai's most luxurious cars as a gift for Kim Jong-il.
And in return, Mr Chung has been promised the right to develop ski resorts and organised trips for tourists to North Korea which Hyundai hopes to start soon.