Cheong Wa Dae (청와대) is often called the "The Blue House", named after its blue roof with a tongue-in-cheek reference to the United States White House. Like the White House, the Blue House is home to the nation's President while in office. Though this area was historically part of the main royal palace of Gyeongbokgung, the Blue House's main office, and most easily recognized building, was just built in 1991.
In Korean lore, the area where Cheong Wa Dae was built is considered "the most blessed place on Earth." This area is surrounded by the mountains Bugaksan, Ingwansan, Naksan, and Namsan.
Tours of the Blue House are available, but must be applied for in advance. There are only 4 tours per day and all are in Korean.
This more of a Thing NOT TO DO ................. Its a waste of time!
although the view of the hills is "peaceful"
If your guide insist of pasing through this place and to see where the president lives, you are in for a ride! a really long ride!
Too many restrictions
(1) No photos from the bus
(2) dropped at a designated spot
(3) take photos like every bloody tourist.
(4) cannot wander of from the designated zone
The best of all
(5) You can only take photo of the guest house and not the presidential Blue House only.
You might as well spend time at the Dondaemun Gate or the Korean War Memorial or even the Cleanest River in Town.
The street in front of the Blue House (presidential office) has been open to the public since President Kim Yong Sam was inaugurated in 1993. It is the street between the Hyoja three-way intersection in Hyoja-dong and the P'alp'an three-way intersection in P'alp'an-dong. The Hyoja intersection is within walking distance from Kyongbokkung Subway Station on Hyoja-ro Street. There is a beautiful statue of a phoenix holding onto the globe near the Blue House (see photos) which is a tourist attraction in Seoul.
The symbol of Cheongwadae (known to westerners as the Blue House or the presidential residence), is the blue tiles. The first thing that catches your eye when you arrive at Cheongwaaae are the blue tiles of the main building.
Daily Tours of the Blue House are limited to 200 persons a day so I would suggest that you would call the number below at least 14 day advance before you go to seoul so that you can be included in the Blue house Tour and this tour is not offered by any travel agency!
Tours start at 10 a.m., 11 a.m., 2 p.m., and 3 p.m. (No tours available on Monday, Saturday, Sunday and holiday.) There are weekend tours for individuals and families available (50 persons or less) every forth Saturday of the month.
Cheong Wa Dae,is usually called the Presidential blue house because of its blue tiles in the main building.This is the office and official residence of the South Korean President.
Currently, Cheong Wa Dae consists of the main office building, the official Presidential residence, Yeongbin-gwan (the guest house), the Chunchugwan (press hall) and the secretariat buildings. The entire complex covers about 250,000 m².
There are many nice scenery around and do take your time to admire them.There are also policemen in roller blade ensuring security and order the vicinity.