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  • New tourist attraction, ‘Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae’ opened

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    The Hyoja-dong Sarangbang, dubbed the ‘presidential museum’ of South Korea, was refurbished into a new tourist attraction by changing its name to ‘Cheong Wa Dae (Office of the President) Sarangchae’ and opened to the public on Jan. 5. The Hyoja-dong Sarangbang had been used previously as a residence for the presidential chief of staff. Since February 1996, when the street in front of Cheong Wa Dae was opened to the public, the two-story building has been used as an exhibition hall for the photos and gifts that former presidents received.

    Over the past one and a half years, Seoul City spent a total of 19 billion won (US$16.8 million), including 15.5 billion won to renovate the building, to develop the Hyoja-dong Sarangbang into ‘Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae.’ The revamped building was designed to become a unique culture and tourist destination representing the images of Korea, while increasing convenient facilities for citizens.

    On the first floor of the ‘Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae,’ are the National Public Information Hall and the Seoul Public Information Hall. Among the facilities on the second floor are the Presidential Hall, the National Administration Public Information Hall and G20 Rest Stop. The ‘National Public Information Hall’ features a profile of Korea, history, great men, cultural heritage, UNESCO World Heritage sites and figures featured on banknotes. At the Presidential Hall, there is a mockup presidential office, which allows visitors to experience the presidential office.

    Also, it is worth visiting the ‘National Administration Public Information Hall’ and ‘G20 Rest Stop,’ which feature a venue for the Group of 20 Summit to be held in November in South Korea. Overall, the ‘Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae’ was designed to allow visitors to experience each hall.

    Seoul City said it plans to develop the ‘Cheong Wa Dae Sarangchae’ into one of ‘Tourism Landmarks of Seoul,’ by linking it with Cheong Wa Dae Square, Gyeongbokgung (Palace) and Cheonggyecheon (Stream).

    • Hours of operation: 9:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m. (closed on every Monday)
    • Admission fee: free