As the residency and office of the President of the Republic of Korea, the Blue House is arguably the single most important building in all of Korea. A complex of buildings built in a traditional Korean style with modern elements, it stands upon the former site of the royal garden of the Joseon Dynasty, its name derived from the blue tiles that adorn its roof. In 1939, the site was converted into the residence of the Japanese Governor-General until the end of World War II and has been used as the office and residence of the President of the Republic of Korea since its foundation in 1948. The site has undergone numerous renovations since then, with multiple buildings added to the site during the administration of President Roh Tae-Woo in 1991. Today it serves as the office and residence of President Moon Jae-In.
In order to gain access to the Blue House grounds, you must sign up for a tour at least three weeks in advance through the Blue House's website. However, the streets surrounding the Blue House and the rotunda in front of it are now open to visitors 24/7, having previously been closed at night due to security concerns following the attempted assassination of President Park Chung-Hee all the way back in 1968, giving Korean citizens and foreign tourists alike the chance to take an incredibly scenic evening walk and an up-close glimpse of this hallowed site.
1 Cheongwadae-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea 1
Take Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and go out Exit 4. -> Turn around and walk straight until you reach the wall of Gyeongbokgung Palace. -> Turn left and walk straight about 1 kilometer and until you reach the front of the Blue House.