The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), Seoul

The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

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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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JHL
Seoul, South Korea8,025 contributions
May 2022
Since the new opening in May, 2022, it's good to visit once.
- You volunteer on the website and you get your slot randomly.
- Walking no-car-road outside was good.
- Green mini bus Jongno #11 until Samcheong-dong Community Service Center is the best option to reach. It's close from east gate.
- Mostly walking around seeing gardens and buildings freely. Entering any building is not allowed. I think it's not much different from the previous guide tour. There's a few performances, though.
- The courtyard of president's residence doesn't have enough capacity. The queue to enter was very long.
- Police offices at each point couldn't keep people from trespassing to lawns because there were too many people. Disappointing.
Written 21 May 2022
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Philip P
Herentals, Belgium1,049 contributions
Apr 2022
It's not open to visit, but according to my guide it should be soon. For sure to be done, as it looks very attractive and is located in a magnificent environment.
Written 30 April 2022
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Adrian Lee
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia5,310 contributions
Dec 2019 • Couples
Visited The Blue House (Korean: 청와대; Hanja: 靑瓦臺; Cheong Wa Dae; literally "pavilion of blue tiles") is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of South Korea, located in the Jongno district of the capital Seoul.

It is painted in blue to show superiority and high ranking of the Korea Government. Lovely architecture and teh “fengsui” of the building is said to be facing the river water and behind is the mountain for good “Fengshui”.☺️☺️
Written 26 December 2019
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Krishhere
Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum), India1,408 contributions
Nov 2019 • Couples
The blue house is the official residence of the President of South Korea and is a short walk from the Gyeongbokgung Palace. The place is tightly guarded and you can view the Blue house from across the road. The building offers a nice photo opportunity with the mountain at the background. During some days, a tour of the gardens of the house is available (no entry into the building).
Written 29 November 2019
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valdaross
Upper Darby, PA217 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
I was really hoping to get a closer look at the famous ( Blue House), but it was only a glimpse through the vehicle window. We were not even allowed to slow down, but had to drive by at regular speed. The pics were got were not worth posting. Guards everywhere. A bit disappointed, but understand that all cultures have rules. So I will just continue to look at it in the dramas. It was still good get a glimpse of other countries operate.
Written 20 September 2019
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amyping
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia33 contributions
May 2019
We joined the blue house tour, it was an hour tour which bring you around the blue house for a visit. The guards are all very good looking!
Written 13 September 2019
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SLTJRC
Singapore219 contributions
Sep 2018 • Family
You would need to book at least one month ahead to let them check your particulars for free access. All my Korean friends did not know about this free visit of their president residence.

Lots of school kids accompanied by their oma (Mother) and a few tourists were in our group. The tour was conducted in Korean. We were offered an audio guide in English.

I count ourselves lucky to be in such near proximity to Cheong Wa Dae. They lined us up in groups. We walked from one lane after another in the huge garden. I felt so at peace looking at the 300 hundred year-old tree and the impeccably designed landscape with many fountains. The highly alert male and female guards were all martial arts trained. I saw this big guy lifted up a seven or eight year-old boy with just one arm easily.

We were given a souvenir pouch to take away which was such a nice touch.

After the tour which lasted for an hour, the kids went home. We were offered the chance to tour the Chilgung Shrine (The Seven Palaces) next to the Blue House. I had planned to visit it and stayed on. Two other ladies who did not expect a further tour followed us.

The shrine was dedicated to the seven concubines from the Joseon dynasty who bore sons (世子) who became the future kings. Their spirit tablets were placed in each of the seven shrine/ palace with its own name. Once escorted there, a friendly lady came out to show us around. She spoke very good English with the tour lasted a mere 15 minutes. While walking the ground of the shrine, I said to her “ah-reum-dap-da” which was to compliment it to be such a pretty and serene place. I dared not request her to open up one shrine for us to take a look inside. It would be rude to disturb the royal ladies in there.

A very well spent morning in Seoul.
Written 11 June 2019
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manoonye
Seoul, South Korea37 contributions
Feb 2019 • Friends
Remember to book the visit in advance (at least 2 months in my case). On the day of the visit you have to go to the 경복궁 area to take a bus that will take you to the Blue House.
You get a mug as a gift.

I’d advise to go there in spring/summer. I went there in February and there really wasn’t anything interesting to see. The tour is watching some short video, then walking around the park and buildings.

Wouldn’t go there again.
Written 30 May 2019
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raullim7
Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
booking in advance is required (foc). seriously nothing much at all. u get a mug as door gift. you will just be briefed that this and that buildings are for what purpose, holding what events. nothing else.
Written 11 May 2019
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SammieYeo
Singapore, Singapore183 contributions
Oct 2018 • Friends
Please book in advance and I suggest weekdays visits (tuesday-Friday) as Saturday visits (2nd and 4th) are full of families. Please follow the instructions ie don’t take photos in places that you are not supposed to. Given a nice mug as souvenir. Remember to bring your passport.
Written 29 October 2018
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