Posted by: rbbadger | February 24, 2010

Cheong Wa Dae

Not far from the old centres of power during the Joseon Dynasty is the Cheong Wa Dae, office and home of the president of the Republic of Korea.  The Cheong Wa Dae recently opened a new smallish museum about Korea’s presidents.  There, you can see portraits of past presidents along with some of the gifts they’ve received.  There is a statue of a horse given by former US president Lyndon Johnson to former ROK president Park Chung-hee.  Right now, the stuff on offer at the Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae isn’t much.  There are a lot of video displays and a few gifts on display.  With the exception of former president Kim Dae Jung, I am not aware of any past president opening up a US-style Presidential Library and Museum. 

Anyhow, I did manage to get a little of the Cheong Wa Dae.  This is, I believe, the guest house for foreign heads of state or government that come to visit Seoul.  Actually, it is a fairly expansive complex.  A number of the buildings are in traditional style.  It was possible to take tours of the grounds.  However, I understand that these are still suspended over the 신종(新種)인프루엔자A(H1N1) scare.  So far, this is the closest I’ve come.


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