The house of former President Choi Kyu-ha will open to the public on Saturday as a historical and educational site, the Seoul Metropolitan Government said Thursday.
Choi lived in the house from 1973, when it was built, until just before he was appointed prime minister in 1975, and from 1980 after he stepped down from the presidency until his death in 2006.
Choi was prime minister when President Park Chung-hee was assassinated on Oct. 26, 1979, and became acting president until he was confirmed in the position on Dec. 6. But a coup led by Chun Doo-hwan on Dec. 12 and mounting pressure from Chun and his allies forced Choi's resignation on Aug. 16, 1980.
Choi heated the house with coal briquettes in his house to keep a promise he made to miners in Gangwon Province in 1979. His wife Hong Gi was equally frugal, installing a pump in a well in the garden and washing clothes by hands. She had no housekeeper when Choi was minister and prime minister.
In the house some 500 items are displayed, including an old electric fan and a mother-of-pearl cigarette holder.