Cheong Wa Dae, the newest attraction in Seoul

Cheong Wa Dae Main Office Building
Cheong Wa Dae Main Office Building

Cheong Wa Dae, the newest attraction in Seoul

Korea Tourism Organization

What lays behind the doors of Cheong Wa Dae, the former residence of the President, had always remained a mystery to the general public. Now, Cheong Wa Dae has opened its doors as a tourist attraction in 74 years, allowing all who are curious to enter and explore the premises. You can start your tour from one of the three entry gates: the Main Gate, Yeongbinmun Gate, or the Chunchumun Gate.

Tourists in Cheong Wa Dae wearing hanbok

The Main Office Building

Main Office Building 1F Lobby

The Main Office Building consists of the official working headquarters and guest reception of the President. The building has an impressive roof made with 150,000 blue tiles from which the name Cheong Wa Dae (“Blue House”) was derived. The President’s office and guest reception are located on the second floor, while the First Lady’s office and guest reception are located on the first floor.

President’s office on the 2F

Portraits of all the First Ladies hung up on the wall of Mugunghwa Hall

Official Residence of the President

The official residence consists of the main building, annex, and sarangchae

The official residence where the President and family lived

Minambul Statue along the forest pathway

The presidential residence served as the living quarters of the president and family. The area was rarely revealed on mass media as it was the most personal space in all of Cheong Wa Dae. The residential area consists of the main building, which is the living quarters; annex, used for guest reception and events; sarangchae, the guest room; and garden.


Yeongbingwan façade

Reproduction of a banquet table

Built in 1978, Yeongbingwan is the oldest among the modern-style buildings in Cheong Wa Dae. Yeongbingwan was used to hold large-scale meetings and official events for diplomatic guests.


Sugungteo was the site where the palace guards stayed during the Joseon dynasty

A 740-year-old tree


Sangchunjae was designed and built as a traditional hanok building

Beautiful pond garden by Sangchunjae

Sangchunjae was built to demonstrate the beauty of traditional Korean architecture to the diplomatic guests who visit Cheong Wa Dae. The building was built using 200-year old pine trees from Chunyang-myeon, known to be the finest materials for building hanok. Sangchunjae has one living room and two ondol (floor heating system) bedrooms.


Nokjiwon, the most beautiful garden in Cheong Wa Dae

Nokjiwon Garden is praised to be the most beautiful garden in Cheong Wa Dae. Approximately 120 types of trees are planted centered around 170-year-old umbrella pine trees that are native to Korea. Anniversary trees that were personally planted by the former presidents can also be found here. In spring, Nokjiwon Garden held annual events in recognition of special occasions such as Children’s Day, Parents’ Day, and Disability Day.


Chimnyugak, a Seoul Tangible Cultural Heritage

Chimnuygak Pavilion, a Seoul Tangible Culture Heritage, is located between Chunchumun Gate and the main office building. This traditional building was built in the early 1900s to host banquets at the back garden of Gyeongbokgung Palace. Chimnyugak Pavilion is speculated to be used as a subsidiary facility of Gyeongbokgung Palace since the palace was originally situated at the current site of Cheong Wa Dae before relocation.


View of Chunchugwan

Chunchugwan Press Center is where Cheong Wa Dae press conferences were held and accredited journalists resided. The name was derived from the organizations that were responsible for keeping historical records during the Goryeo and Joseon dynasties. The pathway to the left of Chunchugwan is a panel of detailed historical records of Cheong Wa Dae.

Chunchugwan Press Center

Cheong Wa Dae

  • Address: 1, Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul (서울특별시 종로구 청와대로1)
  • Directions: Walk for approx. 15 min from Gyeongbokgung Station (Seoul Subway Line 3), Exit 4.
    * Shuttle bus departs from Gyeongbokgung Palace East Parking Lot every 30 minutes for senior citizens (ages 65 & older), children (ages 8 & younger), pregnant women, and individuals with disabilities and one companion (the bus is not wheelchair-accessible)
  • Operating hours: 09:00-18:00
    * Timed entry; 6 times per day
    * Closed Tuesdays
  • Admission: Free
    * Reservation or on-site registration required
    * On-site registration is available at 09:00 and 13:30 at the Main Entrance Information Center. On-site registration must be made in-person by the registrant and applies to foreigners, senior citizens (ages 65 & older), and individuals with disabilities and one companion
  • Website
    * Korean mobile number registered under the applicant’s name is required to make a reservation for identity verfication.

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