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Ihwajang House (이화장)

  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)
  • Ihwajang House (이화장)

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Repair work is in process due to damage from heavy rain
* Re-opening planned for 2018.
32, Ihwajang 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
서울특별시 종로구 이화장1길 32 (이화동)
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  • Information

    After Korea gained independence from Japan in 1945, the former president Lee Seungman and his wife lived in their house called Ihwajang. Even though he moved out of the house after he was elected the first president of Korea, he used to return and visit for walks in the garden. After he relinquished his appointment as president, he stayed here for a while before coming to America as an exile.

    Ihwajang house consisted of the bonchae, or the main building, which was where Lee Seungman and his wife’s living quarters were, jogakdang(president’s office area) and other buildings. Jogakdang, the president’s office area, is a small and narrow building but it is an important historical place where he had a conference to form the first Korean ministry. Ihwajang house shows the change of Korean traditional house under Japanese control.

    * Size: 6,019.86m² (1,821 pyeong), Floor Space: 230㎡ (69.9 pyeong)
    * Style: Main building (front: 7 compartments, side: 6 compartments), Single-level paljak (eight-point) roof, Jogakdang (front 2.5 compartments, side: 2.5 compartments), Gabled roof


    Current Status
    Seoul-si monument No.6 (Designated on December 28, 1982)


    Tour Course Information

    Guided walking tour (3 hours)
    Dongdaemun (Heunginjimun) → Seoul castle → Biudang (Jajudongsaem) → Naksan Park (observatory) → Naksan exhibition hall → Ihwajang

    Operating Hours
    10:00, 14:00, 16:00

    Parking Facilities
    Not available

    Admission Fees


    Interpretation Services Offered
    Guided walking tour (available in English, Japanese, Chinese)

    * Reservation
    Seoul Tourism Marketing / +82-2-6925-0777 
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    Reservation Info. for Foreigners

    * Reservation required 3 days in advance.
    * Inquiries: +82-2-6925-0777

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