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Address: 1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) is...

Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) is the imposing official residence of South Korea’s president. This lovely complex is built mainly in the traditional South Korean architectural style and tours are a great way to learn about the country’s history and politics. Tours must be booked via online application at least three weeks in advance.

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The Blue House Tour 2016 (OCT)

The experience overall is good, but be prepared to have over run, especially they will ask you if you are available for an extra tour at the back of the blue house. Yea the... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 13 December 2016
kwchiang001
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Singapore, Singapore
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Perth, Australia
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98 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I booked the tour to Cheong Wa Dae out of curiousity especially since the Blue House is located right next to the east gate of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Both places are located right at the foot of Mount Bugaksan. I had a lot of expectation for this tour especially since it's the presidential house. I thought they'd cancel the tour especially... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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87 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2017 via mobile

We drove pass The Blue House. There are policemen standing outside the perimeter of the premises. It is of highest security. Even if you walked pass the premises, the policemen may request you to walk another route.

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Thank Vince W
Seoul
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35 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2017

This tour was a bit of a disappointment to our group. The group was full of small children who were on field trips, and though somewhat well-behaved - they were still annoying. Especially since the reservation system makes it seem like it's a much smaller group that will be going. This tour is also not a tour of the Blue... More 

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Shreveport, Louisiana
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 January 2017

I attended this tour in DEC 2007 and JAN 2017... it has gotten worse. During the 2007 tour we were able to go very close to the Blue House and inside of the Reception building. Neither of these happened in 2017. In short it should not be called a "Blue House Tour" as you cannot actually tour the Blue House.... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016

The experience overall is good, but be prepared to have over run, especially they will ask you if you are available for an extra tour at the back of the blue house. Yea the best thing is to receive the pouch or a mug as a gift. Something that i do not like is that the ushers do not know... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 November 2016

There were many things I wish I had known going into this tour, so I hope to give future travelers some insight. You must book this tour in advance, which requires providing your passport information. I believe I booked a month or two in advance. You sign up for your desired date and time, and receive a confirmation E-mail. Security... More 

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Westfield, New Jersey
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 September 2016

they check your passport a lot to enter the tour and to continue. tour moves a bit slow as you are waiting to proceed many times. at the end of the tour you walk out the gate and there is no one to help get to the tour bus. that was uncomfortable. however I enjoyed the tour and it as... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 September 2016

After our walk about tour in Bucheon and having our lunch as part of our full day city tour, our guide drove us here for a short "photo stop". The Blue House is the official residence of the President of Korea, akin the White House of the US and Downing Street of the UK. It has a large compound with... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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231 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 62 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

We stopped at the Blue House for a photo opportunity on a guided tour with Koridoor Tours. It is a beautiful place with a very interesting history. We did not get to go on the grounds of the Blue House, but we admired it from several angles and learned a bit about it. This is a great place to see... More 

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 August 2016 via mobile

We were stumbled at this place during our journey looking for Bukchon village. We did not even realize it until we saw tons of polices. There is nothing to see in this place as it's crowded and heavily guarded. We took a couple pictures of the blue house from a far at designated place.

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