Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) Tours

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Known for the blue tiles that cover its roof, Seoul’s Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae or Cheongwadae) sits at the foot of Mount Bugaksan and is the official residence of South Korea’s president. The house was built in the traditional Korean architectural style within a Joseon Dynasty–era royal garden.

The Basics
The Blue House is an ideal spot to appreciate traditional Korean architecture and learn about South Korea’s tumultuous history. Seoul sightseeing tours often stop by the Blue House, allowing you to see the structure from the outside. City tours typically visit the Blue House along with other local attractions such as Gyeonbokgung Palace, Jogyesa Temple, and the National Folk Museum. Small-group and private tour options are available, and it’s also possible to visit the Blue House independently on a hop-on, hop-off tour.

To see the interior, a formal application must be sent via mail or email at least three weeks in advance. If you gain permission, you can stroll through the gardens, visit the main building where the president lives and conducts business, and see the Main Office Hall (Bon-gwan), the State Reception House (Yeongbin-gwan), the Press Hall (Chunchu-gwan), and the Secretariat Buildings.
 
Things to Know Before You Go
  • The Blue House is a must-see for history buffs and architecture lovers. 
  • Bring a camera to capture the Blue House with Bugaksan Mountain in the background.
  • Tours of the grounds must be approved by a formal application sent via mail or email; applications must be submitted at least three weeks in advance.
  • A passport is required to tour the grounds.
 
How to Get There
The Blue House is located in the Jongno-gu area of Seoul, adjacent to the Gyeongbokgung Palace grounds. It is accessible by guided tour, taxi, and public transportation. To get there on the subway, take Line 3 to Gyeongbokgung Station and leave via Exit 5. Then, head to Gwanghwamun Gate parking lot (east gate).
 
When to Get There
You can see the house’s exterior year-round. Guided tours of the grounds take place Tuesday through Friday and every second and fourth Saturday of the month. Visit at 10am on Saturdays to see the Military Honor Guard and Band perform outside the Blue House. The presidential residence is closed on Saturday, Monday, and national holidays. 
 
The Blue House’s Auspicious Location
The Blue House was deliberately located at the foot of Mount Bukhansan. It is flanked by two other mountains—Naksan (symbolizing the azure dragon), and Inwangsan (symbolizing the white tiger). To the south is Namsan, said to be the capital’s protective mountain, while the Cheonggyecheon stream and Han River flow in front of the building.
Location
Address: 1 Sejongno, Jongno-gu, Seoul, South Korea
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Full-Day Essential Seoul Tour

Experience the best of the South Korean capital and explore with ease on this full-day tour of Seoul. Visit Jogye Temple, pass by The Blue House, Gyeongbok Palace, Insadong, Bukchon Hanok Village, Bugak Skyway, and Myeongdong with no more than 15 people for a personalized, small-group experience.
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Full-Day Seoul Highlights City Tour

Discover top attractions and hidden secrets in South Korea’s buzzing capital on this full-day Seoul highlights tour. Travel with your guide to Gwanghwamun Gate and learn of Joseon Dynasty history while enjoying the Royal Guard Changing Ceremony. Admire traditional Korean architecture at Gyeongbok Palace, pass the Blue House — South Korea’s seat of presidential power — and enjoy a lunch of seasonal local food. Explore Myeongdong, one of Seoul’s premier shopping districts. Visit Namsangol Hanok Village and admire traditional Korean houses. Then, head to N Seoul Tower for panoramic views over Seoul and the surrounding mountains.
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Seoul Hop-On Hop-Off Downtown Palace Course

The royal palaces dotted around Seoul are widely considered among the South Korean capital’s most important sites of interest. With this hop-on hop-off  bus ticket, save time and effort reaching palaces including Changdeokgung, Deoksugung, and Gwangwhamun, and enjoy the freedom to jump on and off the service at your leisure. With buses every 25 to 30 minutes and on-board audio guide bringing Seoul’s history to life, you can visit all the grand palaces in one day in comfort.
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Seoul Private Full-Day Tour

On this full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul, you get to travel through the city in comfort by private air-conditioned minivan—without having to worry about navigating the subway or finding the right route. With your guide to lead the way, hit UNESCO–listed attractions and hidden gems including Changdeok Palace and the Bukchon Hanok Village. Admire panoramic city views from the Mt.Bukak Pavillion, and learn of life in Korea during the Joseon era.
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Full Day Small-Group Royal Palace and Seoul Tour

Explore the highlights of Seoul on a full-day tour with an informative guide. Highlights include Jogyesa Temple, the Blue House, the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate, and tours of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Take in traditional culture at the National Folk Museum, Insadong Antique Street, and at Namdaemun Gate and Namdaemun Market. Includes lunch, entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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Seoul City Sightseeing Tour Including Gyeongbokgung Palace, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village

This full-day sightseeing tour of Seoul showcases the best of Korea’s history, culture and traditions. Led by a guide, see the city’s major landmarks, including Jogysea Temple and Gyeongbokgng Palace, National Folk Museum, N Seoul Tower, and Namsangol Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guards during a stop at Gwanghwamun Gate and enjoy a traditional Korean lunch with your fellow travelers in Insadong. Your full-day tour also includes stops at an amethyst factory, as well as a traditional ginseng center.
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Best of Seoul Tour in the Morning

Visit top landmarks in Seoul on a morning sightseeing tour with an expert guide. Admire the architecture of Jogyesa Temple, a hub for Zen Buddhism, and explore Gyeongbokgung Palace before observing the changing of the guard ceremony at the palace. Learn about Korean history and cultural traditions at Cheongwadae Sarangchae, and hear about the Joseon dynasty’s long rule. Your local guide shares key facts and fascinating insights throughout your 3.5-hour coach tour, which includes hotel pickup and drop-off at either City Hall or Itaewon.
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Full Day Royal Palace and Korean Folk Village Tour

Delve into Korean traditional culture on a full-day tour from Seoul. Visit Jogyesa temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, the National Folklore Museum, and the Korean Folk Village, and see the Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae), and the royal guard changing ceremony at Gwanghwamun Gate. Includes lunch, guide, transportation, and hotel pickup and drop-off.
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The Best of Seoul - Private City Tour Including Nanta Show

Discover the top attractions and hidden history of Seoul, and take in a performance of ‘Nanta’ — the play taking the city by storm — on this private 7-hour tour. Explore Seoul by private vehicle, beginning with lunch at the Gwangjang Market. Afterward, take in other sites of interest, including the Blue House and Bukchon Hanok Village. Watch the changing of the guard ceremony at Gyeongbokgung Palace, and listen as your private guide shines a light on the powerful Joseon dynasty. Then take your seat for a showing of ‘Nanta’.
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Korean Palace and Temple Tour in Seoul: Gyeongbokgung Palace and Jogyesa Temple

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Small-Group Seoul Morning Royal Palaces Tour

Spend a morning in Seoul visiting highlights including Jogyesa Temple, Gyeongbokgung Palace, and the National Folk Museum. You'll also stop for photo ops outside the Presindential Blue House (Cheong Wa Dae) and Gwanghwamun Gate during the changing of the guards. Your 3.5-hour tour includes transportation, entrance fees, guide, and hotel pickup. You will be dropped off at either City Hall or Insadong. 
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Korean Palace and Market Tour in Seoul Including Insadong and Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Korean Heritage Tour: Palaces and Villages of Seoul Including Gyeongbokgung Palace

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Full-Day Tour of Gyeongbokgung Palace and Gangnam City

The ornate courtyards of Gyeongbok Palace and the super-chic streets of Gangnam are two of Seoul’s most popular sights of interest, but they can be hard to reach in bustling Seoul. This convenient 9-hour bus and walking tour makes it easy to tick both off your list in one day. Take in top attractions including the Blue House and the Jogyesa Temple, and step back in time to the Joseon era at Gyeongbok Palace. In the afternoon, visit the COEX Mall in Gangnam and browse the boutiques along Garosu-gill Street.
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