South Korean President Moon Jae-in is greeted by North Korean leader Kim Jong Un as he arrives at the headquarters of the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea for their meeting in Pyongyang, North Korea, September 18, 2018.
It was previously used by two former South Korean presidents during their own summits with Kim's dad, Kim Jing-Il, in 2000 and 2007.
But any criticism was soon overshadowed by the April summit, which also improved Kim's image in South Korea - in one survey at the time, 78 percent of respondents said they had faith in the North Korean leader.
TRT World's Joseph Kim, who is in Seoul, has the latest on Kim-Moon summit underway in the North Korean capital Pyongyang.
On Wednesday, Moon and Kim plan to hold a second day of official talks after which they are expected to unveil a joint statement, and a separate military pact created to defuse tensions and prevent armed clashes.
Mr Moon's chief of staff, however, played down the chance that Mr Moon's summit with Mr Kim would produce major progress in nuclear diplomacy.
President Moon and his administration, says Gaffney, are filled with left-wingers with a track record of helping the North Koreans.
SEOUL-The leaders of North and South Korea emerged from two hours of talks in Pyongyang without any immediate new agreements as they seek to break an impasse in U.S.
However, he declined to say whether Moon planned to put forward a compromise for the United States and North Korea or whether he would suggest a more concrete plan for denuclearization.
President Moon Jae-in's office said the 52-member "special" entourage will help promote civil exchanges and engagement with younger Koreans.
Moon will return home on Thursday.
Nuclear diplomacy between the United States and North Korea has stalled and questions have been raised about how serious Mr Kim is after his vague commitments to denuclearise.
Photo People watch the televised broadcast in Seoul of the Korean leaders meeting in Pyongyang.
The 65-year-old South Korean president was born on Geoje Island in South Gyeongsang Province in 1953 to poor parents who were refugees from North Korea.
The talks this week also come in the wake of North Korea's 70th national anniversary celebrations and a military parade that drew praise from Trump for playing down North Korea's intercontinental ballistic missiles. Observers believe the two headed straight for the talks to address imminent issues surrounding the peninsula without unnecessary formalities, as they had already held two summits in April and May. China, signaling its support for Kim's recent diplomatic moves, sent its third-highest party official to those festivities. The North has repeatedly used this ideology to back its demand that the South split from its alliance with the United States.
"First is removing the possibility of armed clashes, and the fear of war", Moon said. They met North Korean Deputy Prime Minister Ri Ryong Nam, who is in charge of economic affairs, although Seoul officials said they did not expect any specific joint economic projects to be agreed given extensive global sanctions. North Korean soldiers and naval troops quick-marched into position to welcome Moon, and the two leaders inspected the honor guard, according to South Korean media pool footage from the site. Another possible area of progress could be on a formal agreement ending the Korean War, which was halted in 1953 by what was meant to be a temporary armistice.
Moon used the same air route over the West Sea that Kim Dae-jung used. Most major detente projects with North Korea started by his liberal predecessors during a 1998-2008 "Sunshine Era" were suspended after conservatives took power.