|Aerial View of Presidential Office in Yongsan (news.sbs.co.kr)|
With the start of President Yoon Seok-yeol’s term on May 10th, the presidential office moved to the Ministry of National Defense compound, and the presidential residence transferred to the residence of the Minister of Foreign Affairs in Yongsan. Consequently, the Ministry of National Defense moved to the Joint Chiefs of Staff compound and the former defense acquisition program administration building, and the Minister of Foreign Affairs now uses the chief secretary’s residence in Samcheong-dong. According to the transition committee, the cost of this transfer amounted to ₩49.6 billion. The new presidential office building, the former Ministry of National Defense compound, is a ten-story building: the second to fourth floors are the main floors with the minister’s offices and the presidential office; also, there is a press room on the first floor, the secretariat on the sixth floor, and an area for the National Security Council in the basement. Meanwhile, a new name for this new presidential office will be selected through a public contest. Presidential Yoon Seok-yeol once stated that the Blue House’s closed structure is inadequate for precise communication between the president or advisors and the public. However, as the presidential office has transited now, it has now become available for the public to tour the Blue House. Also, the Bukak Mountain hiking course behind the Blue House is fully open, and diverse cultural events will take place in the Blue House area.
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