United States president Donald Trump and North Korean supreme leader Kim Jong-un touched down in Singapore on Sunday for their historic summit, where topics like nuclear disarmament and Korean reunification are on the table.
All eyes are on Singapore for this event, with 2,500 journalists from all over the world descending onto the city-state to cover the summit. They are being housed at the Formula One pit building in the city centre, while Trump stays in the Shangri-La and Kim at the St. Regis. Both leaders are set to meet at Capella, which is on Sentosa, Singapore's resort island.
Singapore has estimated it will spend around SGD $20m for this summit, with businesses and brands doing their best to jump on the publicity.
Over the next few days, The Drum will bring you the latest on the summit with an industry perspective. Today, we start with a behind the scenes of the summit.
Home for thousand of journalists for the summit.
Freebies and food for journalists. Kimchi ice-cream anyone?
Gridlocked streets as the leaders arrive.
— The Straits Times (@STcom) June 10, 2018
Kim Jong Un has arrived in Singapore for his summit with President Trump pic.twitter.com/42qGZ3PyDy
— Sky News (@SkyNews) June 10, 2018
Ordinary North Koreans citizens are not allowed to travel, so seeing a North Korean in the flesh is a thrilling affair.
Maybe that is why they are living it up..without paying the bill.
If Kim Jong Un is staying in the 3,600-square-foot presidential suite at the St. Regis ($8,000 a night) he can enjoy his own private gym and jacuzzi, a baby grand piano, custom-made Czech crystal chandeliers and art works including a Marc Chagall painting.https://t.co/HxlyQa5sTE pic.twitter.com/NpmPwRKGI9
— Anna Fifield (@annafifield) June 10, 2018
Catch my exclusive intv w/ SG Foreign Minister @VivianBala who met w/ both Chmn Kim + Pres Trump last night. He said the two leaders are “supremely confident” but they also want stg significant out of the meeting. The Minister also confirmed SG paid for KJU’s hotel bill. Tune in! pic.twitter.com/Eob4YtLMWA — Karishma Vaswani (@BBCKarishma) June 11, 2018
Sentosa, where the meeting between Trump and Kim will be held, is a former British military fort and now, a tourist attraction with a Universal Studio theme park. There are some misconceptions about the place though...
Hey @BBCWorld, I didn’t know the entire Singapore fits into Sentosa. pic.twitter.com/aGJY4t672I — mrbrown (@mrbrown) June 10, 2018
Secluded?! Pirates?! I don't think you've seen Sentosa, Fox News!! pic.twitter.com/hmCPr6opmD
— Alan Soon / @SpliceNewsroom (@alansoon) June 8, 2018