South Korea’s mysterious presidential palace opens to public for first time in 75 years

South Korea’s mysterious “Blue Home” presidential palace is opening to the general public for the primary time in additional than 75 years.

Cheong Wa Dae, higher generally known as the Blue Home as a result of its blue-tiled roof, was inbuilt Seoul in 1939 and served as each dwelling and places of work to the South Korean president.

However in considered one of his first official acts, the brand new president Yoon Suk Yeol this month moved the location of the presidential headquarters and has opened the palace as much as the general public, with a most of 39,000 individuals a day allowed in.

The brand new presidential places of work are round three kilometres away, in Seoul’s Yongsan District.

The Blue Home has gone by means of a number of transformations through the years. As soon as the location of a royal backyard, the Japanese constructed the official residence for his or her governors-general there throughout Tokyo’s colonial rule of the Korean Peninsula. After Korea was liberated from Japan in 1945, the U.S. army commander occupied the place till it turned South Korea’s official presidential workplace and residence upon the nation’s basis in 1948.

On the new palace attraction, costumed guards act out royal parades and ceremonies for vacationers.

“I really feel grateful that the Blue Home has opened to the general public,” stated a 61-year-old workplace employee, Lee Sang-woon, who was visiting the location.

“I’m actually comfortable to be right here.”

Choi Jun Chae, 60, who runs a mill at a conventional market close to the Blue Home, was sorry to see the presidential workplace go away his neighborhood but additionally hopeful that the relocation would enhance native companies by bringing in additional vacationers.

“Underneath the (former President) Lee Myung-bak administration, there have been plenty of protests … so it was actually laborious to commute to this space. Automobiles couldn’t transfer, so I needed to stroll,” Choi stated.

1000’s of individuals have gathered close to the Blue Home previously for mass rallies and marches. Close by residents stated they suffered from noise and visitors congestion.

“I hope that protests lower and extra individuals go to the world,” Yoo Sung-jong, head of a well-liked bakery within the neighborhood, stated. “However (the president) was right here for a very long time, so it’s a bit unhappy too.”

Further reporting from companies.

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