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Citizens Enjoy Newfound Freedom on Road Near Presidential Residence

Citizens Enjoy Newfound Freedom on Road Near Presidential Residence

SEOUL, Jul. 6 (Korea Bizwire) — Until recently, the 400-meter-long road along the presidential compound Cheong Wa Dae was dotted with checkpoints, barricades and plain-clothed policemen who would hurl a vexing, if not rude, question to passers-by, “Where are you going?” The heavily guarded trail kept conjuring up the aloof, high-handed image of a president [...]

Cheong Wa Dae to Remove Curfew on Late Night Traffic Around Presidential Office

Cheong Wa Dae to Remove Curfew on Late Night Traffic Around Presidential Office

SEOUL, Jun. 23 (Korea Bizwire) — Starting next week, anyone, including foreign tourists, will be able to drive or walk near South Korea’s presidential office Cheong Wa Dae at all hours, the office announced Thursday. Currently, the only road leading to Cheong Wa Dae is closed off to public access from 8 p.m. to 5:30 [...]

THAAD Deployment Faces Delay Due to New Environment Assessment

THAAD Deployment Faces Delay Due to New Environment Assessment

SEOUL, June 7 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s defense ministry began preparations for a full-blown environmental impact assessment on the ongoing deployment of the U.S. THAAD missile defense system Tuesday, a ministry official said, a move that will inevitably delay its operation. The move came one day after President Moon Jae-in personally ordered a thorough study [...]

Moon Slashes Funds for Presidential Activities to Support Job Creation

Moon Slashes Funds for Presidential Activities to Support Job Creation

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) — President Moon Jae-in on Thursday directed his secretariat to slash funds for special presidential activities to support job creation and marginalized citizens, his office said. Lee Joung-do, Moon’s secretary for general affairs, said that the president would also use his own money for family meals, commodities and private events, [...]

President Names Chaebol Critic as New Chief of Market Watchdog

President Names Chaebol Critic as New Chief of Market Watchdog

SEOUL, May 18 (Korea Bizwire) – President Moon Jae-in on Wednesday tapped a well-known critic of large conglomerates as the new chief of the corporate watchdog Fair Trade Commission (FTC). Kim Sang-jo, a economics professor from Seoul’s Hansung University, has been nominated as the new head of the FTC, according to the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. “He has been nominated as he is considered the right person to set the direction for a new relationship between larger and smaller businesses based [...]

Prosecutors Used Google Maps as Evidence in Former President Park’s Corruption Scandal

Prosecutors Used Google Maps as Evidence in Former President Park’s Corruption Scandal

SEOUL, April 6 (Korea Bizwire) – The Google Maps’ feature “Your Timeline” was used to track down the location of one of the key figures in ousted South Korean President Park Geun-hye’s corruption case, the investigative team led by special prosecutor Park Young-soo revealed during a court hearing yesterday. The case of Kim Yong-jae, a [...]

Investigators Attempt to Raid Presidential Office over Scandal

Investigators Attempt to Raid Presidential Office over Scandal

SEOUL, Feb. 3 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea’s special investigators appeared at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae on Friday to execute a search warrant where President Park Geun-hye was named a bribery suspect in an influence-peddling scandal rocking the country.  The investigation team looking into the alleged wrongdoings visited Cheong Wa Dae to secure [...]

Korean Presidential Residence Vulnerable to Drone Attacks

Korean Presidential Residence Vulnerable to Drone Attacks

SEOUL, Sept. 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Recent military data has shown that with the increasing popularity of drones, their presence in the no-fly zone (P73A) covering Cheong Wa Dae is now threatening the security of one of Korea’s most important government facilities. Cheong Wa Dae (the Blue House), the equivalent of the White House in the [...]

Seoul Offers Traditional Village Tour Program for Chinese Travelers

Seoul Offers Traditional Village Tour Program for Chinese Travelers

SEOUL, April 12 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea launched a tour program that offers a hands-on experience of Korean traditional culture tailored for Chinese travelers visiting Seoul, the state-run Korea Tourism Organization (KTO) said Tuesday. The travel package includes a pedicab ride to the traditional village, local market tour and a Korean cooking class as well [...]