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It has been about ten days since the Blue House opened.

About 40,000 people come every day.

The merchants around have a good expression because they are doing well, but there are also complaints from the residents who originally lived in the neighborhood.



Reporter Min-Jun Kim visited the Blue House.



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On the 13th day of opening, the Blue House has become a tourist attraction attracting 40,000 people a day.



The faces of nearby merchants also brightened.



[Yoo Da-gyeom/Jongno-gu, Seoul: As soon as it opens in the morning, a lot of customers come in to drink coffee...

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Unlike the welcoming tourists and merchants, the concerns of nearby residents have increased.



About 3,000 households live in Hyoja-dong, Cheongun-dong, and Samcheong-dong near the Blue House, and the increasing number of tourists are complaining about inconvenience.



[Resident A/Jongno-gu, Seoul: (It's not a hiking trail) Because it's mistaken for a hiking trail and there's no stopping from below.

Cigarettes among the hikers (thus throwing away), so if there is a fire, we are defenseless.]



Garbage is also frowned upon everywhere.



This is where the original Chunchugwan parking lot used to be.



However, as the Blue House was opened, it was neglected, and as you can see here, garbage and cigarette butts are all over the place.



[Resident B / Jongno-gu, Seoul: Someone just came in and threw away all the trash, so there is no management at all.

There is no set place for garbage (disposal)...

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Some complain about noise damage to subsequent events and performances.



[Jinmin C/Jongno-gu, Seoul: I hate those kinds of noises in Gwaenggwa-ri...

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From 6 in the morning, holding up the microphone and asking for everything to be prepared, one by one, one by one, just like that...

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Traffic control to respond to the assembly has disappeared, but the 500m section from Cheongwadae Yeongbinmun to Chunchumun and the 1.5km section from Inwangsan-ro are operated as car-free streets on weekends and holidays, so residents in the vicinity must find a detour.



[Resident D / Jongno-gu, Seoul: It is inconvenient because I have to go back to the road that I can go straight to (due to road control).]



The opening of the Blue House, which was rushed to coincide with the inauguration of the president.



It is necessary to communicate and come up with supplementary measures to see if there are any inconveniences from residents that have not been looked into due to the welcome voice.



(Video coverage: Lee Chan-soo and Yoon Hyung, Video editing: Kim Jun-hee)

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