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Now here’s something to cross off your Korean travel bucket list! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to visit South Korea’s President’s Office & Residence? Luckily, you can now explore Seoul’s Blue House for FREE.

It has been opened to the public for the first time in 74 years. So if you’re currently in Seoul and want to check out Korea’s government buildings, you must try the Cheongwadae walking tour. Visiting cultural landmarks is always exciting since you can feel the place’s rich history as you stroll around.

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ABOUT CHEONG WA DAE

Since every South Korean President has resided here in the Blue House, it has always been extremely private. There were occasional special events, but it was similar to the American White House, where few people had visited the interior. Yoon Suk-Yeol, the next President, elected in 2022, decided not to dwell there and opened the mansion to the public.

The decision to open Cheongwadae was controversial, but President Yoon firmly stated that the Blue House symbolized Korea’s legacy of imperial presidencies. He relocated his office to the defense ministry building in Yongsan.

So this newest tourist attraction may be limited to this President’s 5-year tenure, so make sure to include this in your itinerary!

The Blue House, located in the bustling metropolis of Seoul, South Korea, is an architectural masterpiece as well as a symbol of the country’s rich history and culture. This well-known landmark welcomes guests who are eager to see its beauty and significance. It serves as the official house of the President of South Korea.

In this detailed guide, we will look at how to visit the Blue House, discovering important information and providing helpful hints for an amazing trip.

WHAT TO EXPECT IN THE BLUE HOUSE

The tour typically covers the public areas, gardens, and exhibitions, allowing you to immerse yourself in the beauty of this esteemed location. Visitors can see the Cheong Wa Dae grounds and tours its main facilities such as Main Building, Yongbingwan (Guest House), Presidential Residence, Chunchugwan, Sangchunjae, and many more.

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Chunchugwan

Together with my Global Korea Supporters, we started our tour at Chunchugwan, which was constructed to serve as a venue for the President’s press conferences and a reporting room for reporters.

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Chunchugwan – Blue House Press Center

Blue House visitor center

Followed by the Blue House visitor center. Guests can learn a little background on what to expect inside the property.

Camp tents recreation area

The Camp tents recreation area is a great idea to rest and enjoy the scenery after a long walk.

President’s Residence

The presidential residence is the home of the President and his family. On the blue tiles, you can see some animals on the roof, which shows it’s a special building.

Sangchunjae Guest House

If you walk down through a small park with a charming pond and a small pavilion, you will reach the Sangchunjae Guest House, where foreign dignitaries stay on their state visits to Korea. The guest house is also built following the traditional Korean hanok style.

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Sangchunjae – A place for ceremonial occasions and informal meetings to introduce notable international guests to the Blue House’s Korean-style architecture.

During the walking tour, there are also toilets and a water station if you wanna pee or drink some water while taking a rest.

The Main Building

This main building is the most well-known area in Cheongwadae and has served as the official presidential office from 1911 until 2022.

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The property gets its name from the building with the blue tiles on the roof and the most famous building, with a long line.

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Within the Blue House complex, you’ll find various exhibitions showcasing the history of South Korea. Each chamber in the structure serves a distinct role, and the conclusion showcases all of South Korea’s First Ladies.

Do you know that the Blue House was formerly a royal villa in Hanyang, the capital of the Goryeo Dynasty, where it now stands? It became the palace’s back garden once Joseon took over and Gyeongbokgung Palace was built.

I was impressed by this lawn. The big green open space in front of the main building of the Blue House is often used for banquets and open-air gatherings.

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Yeongbingwan

The last part of our tour is the Yeongbingwan where the President would entertain foreign visitors. Traditional dance performances and banquets would be held here to welcome other heads of state.

Be prepared to queue to enter the main building especially on weekends since it can be a little crowded.

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Yeongbingwan – the state receiving hall

Planning Your Visit at The Blue House

Before embarking on your journey to the Blue House, it’s essential to plan your visit accordingly. Check the official Blue House website for updated information on visiting hours, tours, and any special requirements or restrictions. Keep in mind that the Blue House is closed on Tuesday and special holidays.

How to visit Cheongwadae

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Thru their official website

To visit the Blue House, you must make a reservation. The are two different methods.

If you’re a citizen or resident of South Korea:

  • Simply register on the Cheongwadae website: https://reserve1.opencheongwadae.kr/
  • Registration is possible up to four weeks ahead of time.
  • Each reservation can accommodate up to 6 persons.
  • To prove your identification, you must provide a local cellphone number.

If you are a tourist visiting South Korea:

  • Walk-in times: 9:00am & 1:30pm
  • Note that you should arrive at least a half hour in advance.
  • You must bring your passport to show at the ticket booth to enter.

Watch our Cheongwadae Tour

Visiting the Blue House in Seoul, South Korea, offers a unique opportunity to witness the historical and political significance of this iconic residence. From its architectural grandeur to the rich cultural heritage it represents, the Blue House holds a special place in the hearts of Koreans.

By planning your visit ahead, understanding the protocols, and embracing the etiquette, you can embark on an unforgettable journey that will leave you with a deeper appreciation for the vibrant nation of South Korea.

Jacque is a travel, food and lifestyle blogger. At the age of 20, she started exploring instagrammable places, discovering fascinating cultures, trying various cuisines, and taking amazing photos from local and international travel destinations. Alongside her adventures, she passionately creates Hallyu content.

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    Lizel+Tejares+Purcia

    November 8, 2022 at 6:22 am

    Wow ang bongga talaga super gandang experience yong visit niyo dito😍😍

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    Apart Cy

    November 28, 2022 at 10:42 pm

    Ang ganda dito

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    anleopoldoglvz

    July 9, 2023 at 10:11 pm

    Ang gandaa dito! Must visit talaga if ever makapunta sa seoul! ❤️

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