EOUL, Dec. 26 (Xinhua) -- South Korea and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) held a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday to modernize and connect railways and roads across the inter-Korean border.

The ceremony started at around 10 a.m. local time (0100 GMT) as scheduled at Panmun Station in the DPRK's border town of Kaesong, attended by some 100 participants from each of the two Koreas, according to South Korea's unification ministry.

The hour-long ceremony was comprised of celebratory speeches from representatives of the two Koreas, the signing on the wooden sleeper, the linking of a track, and the unveiling of a signpost at the station.