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“I got a free presidential mug but, I did not go inside of any of the buildings” 4 of 5 stars
Review of The Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae)

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
Ranked #114 of 616 things to do in Seoul
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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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“I got a free presidential mug but, I did not go inside of any of the buildings”
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 cue up to get your passport checked and then stand in line to get on a bus to the visitor/welcome center.

At the center there are bathrooms to use before the tour starts, as there are no opportunities during. You will be given a video orientation and have headphones for your language to listen to.

You will get a great tea cup as a gift when you begin the tour.

The presidential museum was a definite plus...you can have your photo taken the with President and his wife! And also in seated at his desk!

You have to book months in advance and tours start in June.

Visited June 2012
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“elegant”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2012

Wish we could get closer. Interesting standing of the guard

Visited July 2012
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“guard everywhere :)”
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..

Visited April 2012
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“Worth a look”
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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“Nice surroundings but nothing much to take picture of”
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 trees everywhere, but there are only a few spots where you are allowed to take pictures, and you can only take pictures of the Blue House from a certain distance.

Visited October 2011
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