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Blue House, Seoul

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Once home to a royal villa where princesses and crown princes used to stay during royal wedding ceremonies, Blue House today houses the official presidential residence. Originally built at the beginning of the 12th century, the site was destroyed during Japanese colonial rule. The complex includes the main office, palaces built in traditional Korean style, a pavilion, a guest house, and valleys where presidents planted trees on special occasions. The main office building--with its distinctive blue-tiled roof set against a mountain backdrop--was constructed in 1991. During the house's construction, workers found an inscription on a wall reading "the most blessed place on earth." A visit to Blue House represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Seoul vacation builder to plot your vacation.
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  • August 16, 2017
    Ch'ongwadae [presidential offices] tour reservations, but from this year you can walk freely without checkpoints near the Park, ch'ongwadae [presidential offices]. Comfortable to walk the Park looked at ch'ongwadae [presidential offices], ch'ongwadae [presidential offices] Samcheong-dong walked slowly up.
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  • June 6, 2017
    Website is in English, but easy to understand, can be entered until the answer comes soon. Ago 30 minutes of the specified time at the East parking lot of gyeongbok Palace is a collection. There are two buildings and building in the foreground will come at that time passport and registration, check out, I was guided by bus to the Blue House. By Chong in the Hall and baggage inspection and guide to Japan Japanese photographs ok location with Japan-language audio guide. We join the tour. Five locations around the 程場 in not allowed in the building, but very well maintained and beautiful. But pressure is take pictures of the blue roof tiles. Finally can I Commemorative souvenirs. Tour time is 1 hour, 2 hours and a half is constrained.
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  • June 4, 2017
    President of the Korea's Government. It is said Korea White House is blue, so blue. Around and in some places police officers in plainclothes and uniform, have a sense of urgency. You can walk about 20 minutes from Seoul City Hall.
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  • March 4, 2017
    A high security place for the president of South Korea. They call the place blue house as the Aesthetic of the building is blue. You can't go near it but it look magnificent from afar.
  • December 1, 2016
    I went and i met one of the CEO of an industry he was cute and he told me about him meeting lee jong suk it was very nice
  • February 6, 2017
    This is a presidential palace which is tightly guarded by security forces. Tourists could only snap a picture from far.
  • November 23, 2015
    Guided tour provided in Korean with audio devices provided to non-Korean speakers for pre-recorded guidance. Nothing much to see as the indoor of the complex is out of bound.
  • November 13, 2016
    It sucks. Honestly. -------Nicolas

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