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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
Fee: No

Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae...

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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South Korea has The Blue House and USA has the White House

(Korean Pronunciation: Cheong Wa Dae. Chinese Characters: 青瓦台). Visited this attraction back in 2014 Summer. Easily accessible via Seoul Subway and must walk a distance. The... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 weeks ago
Nanjing, China

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Bali, Indonesia
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

This is the presidential palace of South Korea. It is really nice place. Located after the gyeongbokgung palace.. The blue rooftop can be seen from very far distance.. Lee Min Ho drama City Hunter has been film here..😂😂😂

Thank sweety_key
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The well-manicured grounds of Cheong Wa Dae was beautiful, especially in autumn. It took us around two months to get a tour spot (free tour). Security was rather tight, and photography was quite restricted (only a few positions, zoom lenses not allowed). Headphones with alternate languages such as English were available free of charge with passport. The tour felt very... More 

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Nanjing, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

(Korean Pronunciation: Cheong Wa Dae. Chinese Characters: 青瓦台). Visited this attraction back in 2014 Summer. Easily accessible via Seoul Subway and must walk a distance. The friendly police forces will be able to guide you in the right direction in English too. I feel that that this presidential residence is set in a beautiful surroundings with hills in the back... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

When we arrived , there were convoy fleet stopping all tourists. Is this place a really working Presidential office or it is just a tourist trick? I am not sure...

Thank Worldwide Trave... V
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The exhibition hall is just next to Korea President palace. Very interesting and there is a big projector screen which you can walk to the President palace internal by animation effect .

Thank Stephaniesang
New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2015

We got to see it from the distance standing at the designated and naturally heavily guarded spot. The walk from the bus is pleasant. Partly through the park area, near the public relations office, by the allegorical sculptures, street lined with trees - all surrounded by the numerous agents Smiths (matrix). The public relations building houses free Korean culture exhibits,... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2015

The Blue House is heavily guarded, much like our U.S. White House for the President and our tour bus dropped us off several blocks ++ away, for a morning breakfast first before walking us over to see it from a distance and for photo ops. That's pretty much all one need, a guided tour inside will be restricted & limited... More 

Thank mking8288
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2015

Behind Cheong Wa Dae is in a very beautiful mountain scene. Although we were not able to get in (but we enjoy to walk around the beautiful garden) and only allowed to take pictures in some certain spots, and take pictures of the Blue House from a certain distance, it is still a very beautiful pictures : a very beautiful... More 

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Waterloo, Canada
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2015

The area that the blue house is in is really the attraction...not the exuberance of wealthy politicians. Better to simply see it from across the street and hike the surrounding region.

Thank Dayel1956
Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

The blue house is always chosen to visit by tour guide because it's free. But i see no special to visit. I stand far from the blue house and stayed about 5 minutes to see it.

Thank Le H

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