Cheongwadae Sarangchae is filled with joy and stories of hope.
Opened on January 5, 2010, Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a multi-purpose exhibition hall where visitors can learn about the past, present and future visions of Seoul and Korea. The museum is a place to get to know the lives and accomplishments of former Korean presidents and understand Korean traditional culture as well. It also serves as a history museum and a cultural information center. The museum is connected to Samcheong-dong, Gyeongbokgung Palace, Gwanghwamun Plaza, and Cheonggyecheon Stream, Cheongwadae Sarangchae is a quiet, beautiful reception room of Korea. It is made up of three stories. The gross area of the exhibition halls is 238,685 m².
The building, itself, is a low-carbon green building designed to reduce the consumption of fossil fuels but increase the use of solar and geothermal energy in line with a green growth policy of the Korean government. The museum structure is equipped with energy-saving LED lighting and energy control system to maximize energy reduction
The Korea Hall, located on the first floor, showcases Korea’s UNESCO World Heritage sites. This hall houses a collection of documentary heritage in UNESCO’s Memory of the World Register. The Hi Seoul Hall introduces major tourist attractions, famous restaurants, festivals, and Seoul’s history. In the Korean Culture Exhibition Hall, the history and changes of Korean clothing can be seen. You can see the clothes, accessories, etc. of Koreans by social class from the royal family to the nobles and commoners from the ancient days until now.
The Presidential Hall, located on the second floor, displays materials about the former presidents of Korea. A replica of the presidential office is set up for visitors to take photos of themselves sitting behind the president’s desk. Visitors can also gain knowledge about climate change at the Green Growth Center. The G20 Summit highlights can also be exhibited at the G20 Lounge on the second floor.
As the final part of the tour, you can end it at the Haengboknuri Hall. The Haengboknuri Hall means the “happy world hall.” Here, you can experience the government’s vision to tell a hopeful future story of the Republic of Korea as a happier nation. There is also an exhibition center displaying a wide array of artwork. There is a Korean traditional craft atelier and a special exhibition center where children’s works and public campaign ads are exhibited.