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[VIDEO NEWS] How the Blue House has changed since 2017

Jan 09,2018
1) The entrance of the Blue House is open to the public at night.
- The entry road of the Blue House, which wasn’t open to the public after 8 p.m., is now open at night for the first time in over fifty years.

2) The Blue House is lit up 24/7.
- For visitors to the Blue House, officials have decided to brighten up the main building 24/7. The electric bill only costs about 100,000 won a month.

3) The main building of the Blue House was opened to the public.
- The main building of the Blue House, which is used for important events, such as state visits, is now open to the public.
- The stairs to the second floor and the reception room of the first lady, Kim Jung-suk, are now open to children.
- Some bodyguards and executive officials of the Blue House are taking care of the young children.

4) The Blue House officials are trying their best to get close to the public.
- Visitors to the Blue House have been able to take photos with President Moon Jae-in or with the first lady, Kim Jung-suk.

5) The public participated in welcome ceremonies for state visits.
- Children participated in the welcome ceremonies for foreign heads of state.

6) Family members of nominated public officials attended the appointment ceremony
- Previously, only people who were nominated to be public officials were able to attend appointment ceremonies, but their families are now welcome at the ceremonies.

7) The Blue House treats the public as state guests.
- The Blue House officials placed the seats of choir singers right in front of the Korean flag and the Phoenix flag. Such seats were only available to state guests.

8) Many people are saying the Blue House is a warmer place than in the past administration.

Video sourced from JoongAng Ilbo
Directed by Lee Jeong-bong
Produced by Oh Da-seul
Translated by Kim Hyeon-sung
Edited by James Constant




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