November 08, 2022 12:34
President Yoon Suk-yeol finally moves into his new official residence in Hannam-dong this week. He has been living on top of packed crates at home in southern Seoul while the residence, which used to house the foreign minister, was being renovated.
The relocation became necessary when he closed the old presidential palace of Cheong Wa Dae and moved the presidential office to the old Defense Ministry in Yongsan.
News that the move will be finally complete this week leaked Monday when reporters got hold of a text message received to a high-ranking presidential security official.
The text message to the deputy head of presidential security, Kim Jong-cheol, read, "The first lady plans to move to Hannam-dong at around 11 a.m. today (Nov. 7). Most of her office items were relocated yesterday, the first lady plans to organize them on the third floor after moving in."
An official at the presidential office said, "The relocation is almost finished. We can't reveal more information for security reasons, but there is a strong chance that he will start going to work from the new official residence soon."
The couple were scheduled to move last month, but security facilities were not completed in time. Yoon's commute to his office will now take only around five minutes, much less than from his apartment in Seocho-dong, which will stay empty during his term in office.
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