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Ihwajang House (이화장)   
Ihwajang House (이화장)
Ihwajang House (이화장)
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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)
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Due to damage from heavy rainfall, restoration work is in progress (planned to open in the late 2016)
32, Ihwajang 1-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul (Ihwa-dong)
서울 종로구 이화장 1길 32 (이화동)
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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.

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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
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: +82-2-741-0815

Hyehwa Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 2.
Go straight for approximately 500m.
Turn left onto Ihwajang-gil next to Attached Elementary School of College of Education, Seoul National University.
Go straight for 200m, and turn left onto Ihwajang 1ga-gil.
Go straight for 140m to arrive at Ihwajang House on the left. 
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