As we finished our trip around the palace, we had just walked through the sideways a little for nothing and found many police officials closely watching people around there. We got confused at first and later realized its the president house in front of us.
OMG! We didn’t know that before! Located just past Gyeongbokgung Palace, the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) is the imposing official residence of South Korea’s president. This palace is very strictly guarded by presidential security staffs.
We can take pictures of the house as much as we want. No issues, but be careful not to provoke the officials with bad language or gestures. Just walk around the area as I believe it’s not meant to be a tourist spot where one can freely enter the compound.
People can indeed visit the blue house but, tours must be booked via online application at least three weeks in advance, I have read. We took many pictures and just passed through with pride and that’s it.
One thing you can keep in mind! You can go out to take a photo of The Blue House across the road, but be sure to keep your Gyeongbokgung entrance ticket with you as you re-enter Gyeongbokgung!
How to find the Blue House?
You can spot and take photos of The Blue House coming from within Gyeongbokgung Palace. Keeping the Hyangwonjeong Pavilion walls (the two-story hexagonal pavilion) on your right, and the Jibok-jae building in front of you, keep walking until you see a gate with guards on your left. The gate is closest to the Jibok-jae building within the Palace, and is on the north area of the palace complex. Go out through the gate, and you’ll see a larger gate with guards on your right.