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The Blue house and Sinmumun
Seoul

The Blue house, the residence of Korean President, is located at the north of Gyeongbok palace. Actually the Blue house area was part of garden of the palace.

Access to the Blue house is restricted and you can take the Blue house just around here.

Turn around the picture, you can see the Sinmunum, the north gate of Gyeongbok palace.

Copyright: Min heo
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Uploaded: 07/10/2009
Updated: 02/02/2013
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Tags: gyeongbok palace; chojun dynasty; the blue house
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