Former South Korean First Lady Lee Hee-ho Travels to North Korea

Lee Hee-ho, 93, was personally invited by North Korean ruler Kim Jong-un.

But the South Korean government has noted that her trip remains strictly civilian, and does not carry any official messages.

Lee is to visit a children’s hospital and nursery in Pyongyang. She will stay at a guesthouse for VIP guests in the capital. The last time she went to North Korea was in 2011 to offer condolences over Kim Jong-il’s death.