Donald Trump and Kim Jong Un Are Meeting at a Luxury Hotel Overlooking a Former Execution Site in Singapore
On June 12, U.S. President Donald Trump is expected to sit down with North Korea leader Kim Jong Un in a historical face-to-face meeting to discuss a potential nuclear deal between the two nations. The pair will meet on neutral ground in Singapore.
According to White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the men will meet at the Capella Hotel in Singapore. The five-star hotel is no doubt beautiful with sweeping views, 30 acres of property that include stunning garden spaces, and unique interior design brought in by famed British architectural firm Norman Foster. Rooms at the hotel, BBC reported, range from about $500 a night for a Premier Garden King Room to $7,500 a night for the Colonial Manor, which comes with with three bedrooms and a private pool.
However, as USA Today noted, the site of the hotel, Sentosa Island, has a rather dark history.
According to USA Today, the island was once a Japanese camp for British and Australian prisoners-of-war during World War II. Singaporean Chinese people who were suspected of acting against Japan were executed on the beach that the hotel overlooks, the Daily Mail added.
In the 1970s, USA Today explained, the island was renamed Sentosa, Malay, which means "peace and tranquility.” This is clearly preferred over the island’s previous name, Pulau Belakang Mati, meaning "Island After Death."
And though the pair may be meeting at this hotel, it appears they will be staying in different spaces. According to the BBC, Trump is expected to stay at the nearby Shangri-La Hotel,which has hosted U.S. presidents before him. Kim is expected to stay at the St. Regis Singapore after the meeting. Hopefully all three of these luxury resorts will help put both leaders in the right mood for a peace deal.