President Park Geun-hye will spend a quiet summer holiday at Cheong Wa Dae from July 28 to Aug. 1. She will spend the five days catching up with work, reading, and planning government business, a Cheong Wa Dae spokesman claimed Tuesday.
"The nation has not yet come to terms with the April 16 ferry disaster, and the president thought this would be the wrong time to go away on holiday," the spokesman said.
Park initially thought about not taking a summer break at all, but eventually followed advice to set an example and help boost the stagnant domestic economy.
The government on July 15 started several measures to encourage civil servants to take longer holidays this summer to revive consumer sentiment, which took a dive after the ferry tragedy.