Cheongwadae 청와대 – Korea’s Presidential Residence

Cheongwadae, named for the blue tiles that cover the roof, Seoul’s Blue House serves as the presidential home, in this aspect, it works similarly like the White House in Washington, DC.

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Cheongwadae, literally means “pavilion of blue tiles” and is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President Park Geun-hye. President’s Park Geun-hye’s father, Park Chung-hee, also used Cheongwadae as both his office and official residendence. The main office bulding was opened in April 1991.

Set in an old Joseon Dynasty royal garden, the Blue House was build following the Korean traditional architectural style combining it with modern elements. The emblematic rooftop gathers more than 150,000 porcelain tiles giving the whole structure a very delicate touch of refined taste and style.

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For it’s spectacular architecture, location and landscape, Cheongwadae is one of the most representative places of modern Korea. In fact, some studies says that it Cheongwadae was built in an auspicious location based on an inscription found in an stone wall saying “The most blessed place on earth”. When we walk along it’s beautiful gardens, one is delighted by the view of it’s carefully pruned trees and the mountains that surrounds it.

On a tour through the grounds of the Blue House, you’ll get to visit some of the gardens, as well as the main building where the President of the Republic of Korea lives and conducts business and the State Guest House, all while learning about the tumultuous history of the country.

One of the interesting facts is the location of Cheongwadae. Cheongwadae is located next to the Gyeongbokgung, which was the main royal palace of the Joseon Dynasty. Back then, Gyeongbokgung served as the home of Kings of the Joseon Dynasty, the Kings’ households, as well as the government of Joseon.

Cheongwadae, like a Joseon palace, is serving as home and office of Korea’s President Park Geun-hye. Just like a Joseon king, Park Geun-hye serves the country with devotion and love to it’s people, trying to make Korea and it’s people one of the most admirable and respected nations in the world.

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