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The Blue house (Cheong Wa Dae)

1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul 110-820, South Korea
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3-Night Seoul Sightseeing and Shopping Tour
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Ranked #76 of 384 Attractions in Seoul
4.0 of 5 stars 64 Reviews
Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Fee: No
Owner description: Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa...
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Type: Government Buildings, Cultural
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

This a drive by as part of our Seoul City tour to see the house which is the official residence of the president of Korea. Yes it is blue! Actually part of a larger complex of government buildings. No entry for the public. Came back on a different day to enjoy the walk through the area

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San Francisco, California
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2013

Just glad that we were able to see the BLUE HOUSE which is the residence of the President of South Korea. Took a picture of it from the distance. That time, we were not sure if admission is permitted to the public. I could see that the compound is very heavily guarded. Even though we were not able to get... More 

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Seoul, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2013

The walk up to "The Blue House" was real nice, surrounded by beautiful gingko trees and secret service agents all over. Maybe there is a scheduled tour you can take, but was only able to see from a distance.

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Ipoh, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2013

Needless to say, we did not enter the Blue House, the official residence of the President of the South Korea, just like only a privileged few were allowed to enter the Buckingham Palace in London, or the White House in Washington. But we still considered ourselves lucky for being able to roam about the compound outside the Palace. That is... More 

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Cheonan, South Korea
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2012

The grounds were very beautiful and but, you will not be permitted inside of any buildings at all. I was disappointed by that fact. There were many places you will not be allowed to photograph. I was still glad I went. You will be security scanned. The start point was difficult to find in my opinion. You will have to... More 

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Los Angeles
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Wish we could get closer. Interesting standing of the guard

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2012

lucky me i was there while the head of Korea is inside the Blue house. I can see guard, security, police (you named it!) all over the places..

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2012

if you're in the general area. . . which is kind of fun and chic and worth a look.

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Johor Bahru, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 18, 2011

Take this tour if you are interested in the compound surrounding the Blue House, and if you have about 3 hours to spare in your trip. Security checks are tight here, so make sure you don't bring any sharps with you. They also give out free gifts when you enter, they gave me a Blue House mug. Nice gardens and... More 

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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2011

A rare opportunity to see The President's Office compound and its beautiful garden. Of course, you will not access the Restricted Area within the compound. As a traveller, I rate this attraction very good and educational. An audio-visual presentation is launched in the mini auditorium to start-off the visit programme. Non korean visitors may request for a audio guide. Onsite... More 

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