9 – 14 June 2018
Singapore was buzzing with excitement about the Nuclear Summit between the United States and North Korea. We found U.S. and North Korean flags welcoming visitors at hotels and restaurants. Ironically when we planned our trip to Asia, we originally wanted to visit South Korea but at the height of tensions in the region we changed them to Singapore.
The day before the summit, we went to Sentosa Island to see the media circus. In the evening while walking along the marina to Gardens by the Bay we saw many of the world media outlets including CNN’s Anderson Cooper. On our walk back to the hotel we saw a dramatic increase in security. Unbeknownst to us, Kim Jong-un took a tour of the area and was only moments behind us. Here is a picture at the same flower display in Flower Dome taken only 90 minutes apart.
Pictures at Flower Dome and Security
CNN Media Coverage
The day of the summit, we returned to Sentosa Island to see the activity surrounding the summit. We got about 500 meters from the Capella before meeting the security line where we waited to see the motorcades, only getting a brief glimpse of the North Korean officials. Regardless of political opinion, it was interesting to be there during the historic event.
Security on Sentosa Island