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Blue House state reception hall, media center open for public viewingBy Kim Hae-yeon
Published : May 23, 2022 - 15:12
The two buildings at the former presidential office opened to the public starting Monday, according to the Cultural Heritage Administration.
The CHA has set up a Cheong Wa Dae Public Open Service Team to operate tours, manage and maintain the Cheong Wa Dae grounds and buildings.
Stepping into Yeongbingwan, visitors can learn about the history of the state reception hall.
At Chunchugwan, visitors can look around the press briefing room, where former administrations announced policies and pose for photos at the spokesperson photo zone.
“The new team consists of seven members from the CHA, and five members dispatched from the presidential office, for now.” a CHA official told The Korea Herald, Monday.
The public opening, which was initially scheduled to run through Sunday, has been extended to June 11, but the CHA expects the opening to continue through the end of the year, according to the CHA official.
The CHA team‘s main tasks include handling visitor reservations, managing facilities, planning cultural events, developing viewing courses and operating guided tour programs.
The CHA official said that an online reservation system solely for the purpose of Cheong Wa Dae visits is being developed. At the moment, reservations can be made through Naver, Kakao and Toss.
While there are no additional festivals or music events planned at Cheong Wa Dae after the Royal Culture Festival ended on Sunday, a series of weekend events will be announced soon, the official added.
By Kim Hae-yeon (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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