Cheong Wa Dae Spruces up Reception Hall

  • By Lee Min-seok

    December 05, 2018 12:55

    Cheong Wa Dae is refurbishing the Sangchunjae reception hall in anticipation of a visit from North Korean leader Kim Jong-un.

    A Cheong Wa Dae official said, "We are renovating Sangchunjae and dividing it into a reception area and tea room, while changing the dining area to a traditional format."

    President Moon Jae-in (second from right) and his wife pose with visiting U.S. President Donald Trump and his wife in front of Sanchunjae at Cheong Wa Dae in Seoul in November 2017. /Newsis

    Cheong Wa Dae started sprucing up Sangchunjae, which means "Spring House," after President Moon Jae-in invited Kim to Seoul in September.

    A government official insisted the hanok or traditional Korean building had become outdated anyway and there were problems hosting foreign heads of state there. "We're not refurbishing Sangchunjae simply to prepare for Kim Jong-un's visit," he said. 

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