China News Agency, Seoul, May 10 (Liu Xu and Liu Jingni) At about 11:37 local time on the 10th, the tightly closed iron gate of the main entrance of the Blue House slowly opened.
In the sound of ritual music, 74 national representatives and thousands of visitors, who symbolized the dust-covered 74-year history, stepped into the gate of the "Heart of Korea" Blue House, marking the first time that the Blue House was fully opened to the public after 74 years. It also means that the Presidential Palace of South Korea has moved from the "Blue House Era" to the "Yongsan Era".
At about 10:45 that day, a celebration performance with the theme of "Our Promise" was held outside the main entrance of the Blue House.
Afterwards, 74 national representatives, including the elderly, the disabled, teenagers, children, and foreigners, entered the Blue House with the first batch of visitors who had completed reservations and lottery through the Internet.
A reporter from China News Agency observed that the visitors were holding pink bouquets or holding South Korean flags with smiles on their faces, unable to hide their excitement and anticipation.
The opening of the Blue House was also broadcast live at the inauguration ceremony of the new South Korean President Yoon Seok-wyeh on the same day.
In addition to visiting the building complex and learning about relevant historical stories, tourists can also participate in various cultural activities at the Blue House.
At about 11:45 that day, the lawn in front of the main building of the Blue House greeted the visitors with a majestic ancestral temple ceremony, followed by various music performances and folk performances.
Visitors can enjoy leisure time on the lawn in groups of three or five, or gather to experience history and culture.
A female visitor in her fifties said in an interview with a reporter from China News Agency that she took a high-speed train (KTX) from Busan to Seoul for a few hours early in the morning after receiving the news that the reservation was successful.
She believes that returning the place that symbolizes power to the people reflects the concept of "the Korean people are the masters of the Republic of Korea".
Another international student from Vietnam also said that he was fortunate to witness a major historical moment in South Korea.
According to reports, the Blue House is located in the Jongno District of Seoul, north of Gyeongbokgung Palace, which was originally the Ligong Palace of the Goryeo Dynasty in history.
Since the establishment of the Republic of Korea in 1948, the Blue House has been the office and residence of successive presidents.
Previously, former South Korean President Moon Jae-in also promised to open the Blue House, but it was ultimately not fulfilled due to security, expenditure and other issues.
After the new president, Yin Xiyue, won the general election in March, a major focus of his work was "returning the Blue House to the embrace of the people."
According to Yonhap News Agency, the Blue House received about 26,000 tourists on the first day of its opening.
From the 11th to the 22nd of this month, the number of daily visitors is expected to further increase to nearly 40,000.