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  • Seoul upgrades cultural status of residences of former leaders

  • Integrated News SMG 4623

    Works begin on six residences of former presidents of Korea

    In the wake of announcing the plan of ‘culture-nomics’ in April, 2008, which aims to make Seoul a creative, culture-friendly city, Seoul City started work to reassess its cultural assets that have not been properly protected. Currently, there are six residences of former Korean presidents, including ‘Ehwajang (House),’ where the nation’s first president Syngman Rhee lived and appointed the first cabinet members of the Republic of Korea (official name of South Korea), and ‘Gyeonggyojang,’ where Kim Koo, president of the Provisional Government (1927-48) lived.

    Of them, ‘Ehwajang’ was promoted to a state-designated Historic Site as of April 28, 2009, from the Registered Cultural Property of Seoul City. In addition, the house of former president Park Chung-hee in Sindang-dong and that of former president Choi Kyu-ha in Seogyo-dong, which were on the brink of being damaged by development projects at nearby sites, were designated as Registered Cultural Properties of Seoul on Oct. 10, 2008.

    Besides buying and keeping those properties, Seoul City is also pushing for a project to preserve and let people know more about the sites by working with bus operators in Seoul to install signs at stops near the residences of former presidents.

    ■ Residences of former political leaders

      Name Location  
    Provisional
    Government
    Gyeonggyojang
    (Historic Site No. 465)
    108-1, Pyeong-dong,
    Jongno-gu
    Built in 1938
    The 1st
    Republic
    Ehwajang
    (Historic Site No. 497)
    1, Ihwa-dong,
    Jongno-gu
    1934
    The 2nd
    Republic
    House of former vice president Chang Myon
    (Registered Cultural Property No. 357)
    36-1, Myeongnyun-dong,
    Jongno-gu
    1937
    House of former president Yun Po-sun
    (Historic Site No. 497)
    5, Anguk-dong,
    Jongno-gu
    1890s
    The 3rd, 4th
    Republic
    House of former president Park Chung-hee
    (Registered Cultural Property No. 412)
    62-42, Sindang-dong,
    Jung-gu
    1950
    The 3rd, 4th
    Republic
    House of former president Choi Kyu-ha
    (Registered Cultural Property No. 413)
    467-5, Seogyo-dong,
    Mapo-gu
    1973