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Cheong Wa Dae(Blue House)

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 Main building of the Blue House

Cheong Wa Dae is the official residence of the President of the Republic of Korea.

The site of Cheongwadae was once home to a royal villa, a palace where queens-to-be were invited to stay during the royal wedding ceremonies of kings and crown princes during the Goryeo Dynasty (918-1392) as home to the back garden of Gyeongbokgung (Palace) where several pavilions were built during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910).

However, most of the buildings were demolished by the Japanese during the period of Japanese colonial rule (1910-1945) and the official residence of the Japanese Governor-General of Korea was built in their place. When the Republic of Korea was founded in the wake of the country’s liberation, the country's first president, Syngman Rhee (1875-1965) named the compound “Gyeongmudae” and began to use it as a presidential office and residence. The name of the presidential compound was officially changed to Cheongwadae in December 1960 by the acting president at the time, President Yun Po-sun. Subsequently, the current main building and residence quarters were built in 1991 and Gyeongmudae was demolished in 1993. The main building consists of the president's office, a meeting room and other outbuildings.

Also known as the "Blue House" for its blue-tiled roof, Cheong Wa Dae is open to the general public, with tours operating four times per day. To participate in a tour, interested parties must apply online 3 weeks prior to the desired date of visit.

Nearby Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae is an exhibition hall that introduces all of the former Korean presidents and the history of Korea along with a mockup of the president's office.



This important site with its impressive blue-tiled roof is well worth a visit. Cheongwadae offers guided tours to the public free of charge four times a day from Tuesday through Saturday with advance reservation.






Days of Operation : Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday





Hours of Operation : Daily at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m



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