Wednesday, November 23, 2005

Blue House - Official Residence of the President of the Republic of Korea

Cheong Wa Dae (or The Blue House) is the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, the President of the Republic of Korea. Both the English and Korean names refer to the building's blue-green roof. The Korean name has the literal meaning "house of the blue roof tiles." Cheong Wa Dae is in fact a complex of buildings, built largely in the traditional Korean style with some modern elements.

At present, Cheong Wa Dae consists of the main office building, the official Presidential residence, Yeongbin-gwan (영빈관) or the guest house, the Chunchugwan (춘추관) press hall, and the secretariat buildings. The entire complex covers 76,685 pyeong (about 250,000 m²).

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