Update: The restricted area where Park was shot is not even marked on this tourist map of the beach area, which gives the impression that the entire area is part of the resort. A Hankyoreh story recounts the experience of an early morning jogger who was detained by two soldiers after passing a guard post near the second Geumgang Bridge within the resort complex.
The Chosun Ilbo has drawn a map of the area where Park Wang-ja was shot. A green metal fence extends across much of the beach, stopping at a sandbar that is passable at low tide. A close-up photo of the right side of the fence and the sandbar can be seen here. The Hankyoreh has a better map showing the approximate location of the South Korean witness to the shooting and the photo of the tiny “Do not enter” sign on the far left of the green fence. A number of tourists have crossed into the forbidden area, including a group six people who joined Ms. Park on the same tour, according to the Hankyoreh. Last year a minister was detained and released with a warning.
Unification Ministry Spokesman Kim Ho-nyoun questions whether the North’s version of the shooting is possible:
“If the North Korean allegation were to be true, Ms. Park should have walked a total distance of 3 to 3.3 km (at a speed of 9 to 10 km per hour) — 706m from her hotel to the beach entrance, 428m to the military fence, 1,200m beyond the fence, and 1,000m back toward the fence.”
Kim said, “But there was only a 20-minute difference between the time of her departure from the hotel as recorded on the hotel’s CCTV system (4:30 a.m. on Friday) and the North Korean side’s allegation of Park’s time of death (4:50 a.m. the same day). We can hardly understand the North Korean side’s explanation, considering that Park, a woman in her 50s who must have walked wearing a skirt, had walked on a sandy beach.”
I don’t know if Ms. Park was wearing a skirt, but it would take a very fit person to move 9-10 km (6 miles) per hour on sand, considering that the average person walks 5 km (3-3.5 miles) per hour on a flat surface.