South Korean President Moon Jae-in's convoy crossed the iconic Unification Bridge between the two Koreas on Friday as he headed towards the Demilitarized Zone for historic talks with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.
Kim Jong Un will be in uncharted territory when the third-generation autocrat crosses into the southern half of the DMZ separating the rival Koreas.
Moon seems intent on keeping the North Korean leader at ease, and an aggressive local media at bay, while engineering a summit meant to move the Koreas from what seemed like the brink of war last year to the engagement that the liberal Moon has always dreamed of.
The leaders, who seemed on the verge of war months ago, will take a pleasant walk, plant a commemorative tree, inspect an honour guard and belly-up to a lavish banquet.
What's less clear is whether they can make any progress in closed door talks on the only thing the world really cares about: North Korea's growing arsenal of nuclear weapons.