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The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea
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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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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
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1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea
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Reviewed 12 June 2018 via mobile

Just a walk around the area as I believe it’s not meant to be a tourist spot where one can freely enter the compound. Anyway we were here as one of the itinerary for our tour. Took some pictures outside it and that’s about all.

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Reviewed 9 April 2018

This palace is very strictly guarded by presidential security staff. So you can going inside the palace by registering at their website. Not every time you can joins this tour. You must choose the date & time you wants to join, at least 1 month...More

Thank ermezmee
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

This was an outside tour of the grounds only - we could not go inside any of the buildings. I had to register online in advance of my visit and supply my passport number. On the day of the tour, I went to the meeting...More

3  Thank Sonia B
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Reviewed 15 January 2018

We walked along the palace to see this place. There was a lot of security along the street. We can see the Presidential palace from a distance; but at lease, 10 times closer than the same view for the White House. Surprisingly, the security guard...More

1  Thank Jim P
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Reviewed 4 December 2017

This is a working Korean presidential residence. Located North from the Gyeongbokgung Palace. We were not aware that one can make a special inside tour reservations online. So, do it. I am sure it is worth it. Otherwise, you will just take pictures from the...More

4  Thank Dmitry S
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Reviewed 9 November 2017

This is the Presidential palace where the first family lives and goes to office, receives important guests, etc. Security is very tight as you have to schedule way before the actual day of tour and everything you bring inside is inspected carefully. Pictures can be...More

1  Thank wenlong3788
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Reviewed 31 March 2017

If you want to take pictures and proof that you have been to Seoul and visited the Presidential Blue House, just do so. But a tour to this area ,not really worth it. Just go elsewhere.

3  Thank AliAzzam
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Reviewed 15 March 2017

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...More

8  Thank Inex P
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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...More

3  Thank Paul E
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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...More

1  Thank TonyX6207QH
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Hi there! The nearest station in Cheong Wa Dae is Gyeongbokgung Station.
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