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Before You Visit Cheongwadae: Noteworthy Historical Spots and Cultural Events to Enjo
Updated: 2022-05-20 05:59:37 KST

From a secluded place only for the President, to an area where the public can freely roam around.
Ever since opening on May 10th, around 250-thousand people have quenched their thirst to have a peek of the Blue House as of this Tuesday.

"Just standing on the site of the former presidential office and residence which recently opened for the first time in 74 years could be considered a day to remember.
However, to enjoy the site better, here are some noteworthy items of cultural heritage and cultural events one should take a look at."

Out of 61 cultural assets and historic sites, four are must-visits: the Stone Buddha Seated on a Square Pedestal from Gyeongju, the Chilgung Shrine, Chimnyugak and Ounjeong Pavilions.
The ninth-century stone buddha -- designated as a national treasure in 2018, is an outstanding example of the refined Buddhist sculptures of the Unified Silla period.

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"This statue is significant as it has not been damaged much. Statues in Gyeongju are mostly damaged - either having no arm or hand, but this one is very much well-preserved."

Once part of Gyeongbokgung Palace's rear garden are Chimnyugak Pavilion, built in the early 1900s to enjoy the arts, and Ounjeong Pavilion, that literally means a view of five-colored clouds where the heavenly gods play.
Chilgung is a shrine for the ancestral tablets of the seven royal concubines -- the seven mothers' of Joseon kings,. built by King Yeongjo in commemoration of his mother.
Examples of natural heritage are also visible within the compound.

"At Sugungteo where soldiers once defended royal palaces in the Joseon-era, a 744-year-old rigid-branch yew tree stands, showing its persistent vitality."

Static cultural sites are enough to add joy to the tour, but to spruce the liveliness up even more, celebratory events are going on until May 22nd.
Among them are the Joseon-era warrior appointment ceremony held at Yeongbingwan -- the state guest house, and jeongak -- a performance of classical court or ceremonial music at Chilgung Shrine.
The program includes even more events.

"There are tents in front of Chunchugwan building where people can enjoy tightrope walking performances while taking a rest. At Nokjiwon, regarded as the most beautiful garden in the Cheong Wa Dae where there are pine trees, fusion music performances take place too."

Embracing history and culture while taking a memorable break.
With the backdrop of Bukaksan mountain, the historic picturesque scene offers wonders for all visitors.
Kim Bo-kyoung, Arirang news.
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