Cheong Wa Dae swings open its doors for the first time in 74 years. Since the establishment of the government of the Republic of Korea in 1948, the Cheong Wa Dae has been used as both the executive office and official residence of the president of Korea. In the past, the Cheong Wa Dae had been partially open to the public, however, with the launching of the new administration, it has completely returned to the people.
On May 10, the Cheong Wa Dae officially opened concurrently with the inauguration of the 20th president of the Republic of Korea. The opening of Cheong Wa Dae has led to the launching of a new hiking trail in Bugaksan Mountain. The new trail includes the backstreets of Chilgung Palace in the west of Cheong Wa Dae and the Chunchugwan building. The two trails, beginning from the east and west ends of Cheong Wa Dae, eventually come together at the Baegakjeong Pavilion and carry on as a single trail.
With the opening of Cheong Wa Dae, Bugaksan Mountain is now fully open, enabling visitors to enjoy the trail that has a well-preserved ecosystem. In addition, with the restoration of the Hanyang, Seoul's former name, the axis covering the areas of Bugaksan Mountain, the Seoul Fortress, Sukjeongmun Gate, Cheong Wa Dae, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the Gwanghwamun Gate, the area is to become a new venue for exploring a new page of Seoul history.
※ quated from the website ‘https://english.visitseoul.net’