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image by Željko Heimer, 30 May 2001
Based upon Flags and
Arms Across the World and The World
Encyclopedia of Flags (which claims that this flag has been in use since
Željko Heimer, 30 May 2001
image by Tomislav Šipek, 27 February 2019
The flag of the Blue House, the executive office and official residence of the
South Korean head of state, is white with the logo.
Tomislav Šipek, 27 February 2019
"Cheong Wa Dae is where the President of the Republic of Korea lives and works. The compound is home to administrative offices for the President, Secretariat and other staff as well as the official residence of the President and First Lady. Cabinet meetings, receptions for state guests, critical decision-making for the country, and diplomatic events all take place here. As such, the name “Cheong Wa Dae” not only denotes a specific location but also stands for the highest authority of the Republic of Korea.
In Goryeo (918-1392), royal palace halls were on today’s Cheong Wa Dae site, and this was part of the rear garden for Gyeongbokgung, the main palace, during Joseon (1392-1910). Destroyed in the late 16th century, Gyeongbokgung was rebuilt in the mid-19th century under the orders of the regent Heungseon Daewongun, who named the site Gyeongmudae (archery range) to express wishes for officials’ literary and martial skills to flourish together. During the Japanese colonial period (1910-1945), the Governor-General’s official residence was located here, and after liberation, the Republic of Korea President began to use the site as a residence and office. It was renamed Cheong Wa Dae in 1960, and the Main Office Building was completed in 1991, giving Cheong Wa Dae its current appearance.
The Main Office Building, the image of which represents Cheong Wa Dae today, was completed in 1991 and consists of a two-story central building flanked by two single-story wings. The structural design is based on traditional wood construction methods and Korean palace architectural style, while the interior projects a modern feel and boasts the latest facilities. The roof is covered by 150,000 Korean-style blue tiles crafted to last for a century or more.
Inside are various rooms dedicated to specific functions such as the President's Office; Sejong Room, where cabinet meetings are held; and Jiphyeon Room, where summit talks are convened. The sprawling lawn in front of the Main Office Building is called the Grand Garden and used for outdoor events."
Ivan Sache, 27 February 2019