Presidential Archives, Chungcheongnam-do, South Korea

The Presidential Archives is an organization of the National Archives, which oversees the administration of presidential records. It was founded on November 30, 2007 and is located in 250, Dasom-ro, Sejong Special Self-Governing City. The Director shall be deemed to be a general, research or term-providing officer who belongs to the Senior Civil Service Group or Class B.

The Presidential Archives collects, manages, and services presidential records to establish a foundation for the understanding of history, and to ensure transparency and accountability of nation’s public services that contribute to the development of democracy in the Republic of Korea.

Presidential records are state records that reflect the ideology and policies of a time and are a valuable asset to be managed nationally. However, despite the enactment of the Presidential Records Management Act and the establishment of the Presidential Archives for more than a decade, it is true that there have been attempts to use or distort presidential records politically and lack many administrative aspects.

Presidential Archives will innovate Presidential Records Management to deepen the neutrality of Presidents’ Archives and improve our records management process to strengthen our expertise. In addition to improving related laws and systems, we will reinforce the support for the presidential records producers to dramatically improve the system of producing, managing and utilizing presidential records.

Through these innovations, the President’s Archives will be the backbone of government records and reinforce its transparency and accountability

Basis of installation
“Law on Presidential Records Management Article 21”

Establishment and implementation of basic plan for management of presidential records
Collection, classification, evaluation, description, preservation, disposal, and related statistics of presidential records
Reclassification of Confidential and Private Presidential Records
Lifting protections of presidential records
Public viewing, exhibition, education and promotion of Presidential records
Support for research activities related to presidential records
Collection and Management of Personal Records
Other matters necessary for the management of presidential records.

August 2006: Establishment of Presidential Record Management TF in the National Archives.
December 2006: National Archives Presidential Records Management Team established.
April 2008: Presidential Archives opened.
May 2015: Completion of the Presidential Archives.
November 2015: Presidential Archives Transfer to Sejong City Presidential Archives completed at Seongnam Seoul Archives.
January 2016: Opening ceremony of the Presidential Archives.

Exhibit Halls
Under the theme “Up Close and Personal with Our Presidents,” the Presidential Archives displays documents, photos, video recordings, gifts, and other artifacts of our previous presidents

The Presidential Archives boasts 2,333㎡ of exhibition space which features various presidential records that are not readily available to the public otherwise.

Exhibited records include major documents, photos, and videos of former presidents, as well as gifts the presidents received during public duty abroad.

The four-story display hall features Presidential roles and authority for you to understand and experience

Presidential Emblem Hall

Contains major activities of former presidents, from their inauguration to retirement.

Presidential Symbol: Meet the President of the Republic of Korea Introducing the face of Presidents and key activities.

1.1 Lobby

Presidential Exhibition Hall Lobby
Promotional videos such as exhibition halls are being screened on LED display boards

This is a medical vehicle (1992 ~ 2009) that was used in the official event of the president.

1.2 President’s Hall

Pictures of presidents
It is the faces of presidents who extracted and directed keywords from the speeches of the past presidents.

1.3 Cinema
This is a multi-purpose movie theater showing videos of presidential archives. A video of various medical vehicles used for the presidential event.

Presidential Repository

A space for sharing the value of records by learning about the process through which presidential records are created.

Presidential Archives: Meet President’s Records

2.1 Resting space
Sangchunjae / Photo Zone

Rest space on the second floor
It is a resting space for visitors in the exhibition hall. The atmosphere of Blue House Sangchunjae was created to make Hanok feel.

2.2 World sailboat

Sailing Ships Presented by Major Overseas Persons
The sailing ships that past presidents received from major foreign figures are on display.

2.3 Sword of the world

Swords Presented by Major Overseas Persons
The swords that past presidents received from major foreign figures are on display.

Precious Metals Presented by Major Overseas Persons
Precious metals that past presidents received from major foreign figures are on display.

2.4 World pottery
It is a place to understand the value of records and world culture through various gifts received by Presidents from all over the world.

Crafts such as pottery received from major overseas personnel
There are exhibits of pottery and other crafts that past presidents received from major foreign figures.

2.5 President’s Souvenir
Blue house souvenir, Gifts from Domestic Personnel

Photo gallery
The souvenirs produced by the presidents during their presidency and various gifts from major figures are displayed.

2.6 Dolls of the world

President’s Gifts from Presidential Records
It is a space that displays the gifts of the presidents of the past.

2.7 Carriages around the world

Various wagons from major foreign figures
A variety of wagons are exhibited by major presidents from overseas.

Presidential Experience Center

This room introduces the history of Cheong Wa Dae, the presidential residence and office of the Republic of Korea, and allows visitors to experience the work of a president.

Presidential Experience: Meeting the President’s Passion

It is a space to introduce the history and major buildings of the Blue House, the presidential office of the Republic of Korea, and to experience the president’s passion through his daily work activities.

3.1 President’s Space, Blue House
Blue House History / President’s Day

President Space
The Blue House has been used as presidential residence since the founding of the Republic of Korea by President Rhee Syng-man.

3.2 Interview Room, Guest Interview Space
Guest Visiting the Blue House / AR Photo Zone

Foreign overlapping space
It is an interview room where the president meets foreign top and major figures who visited Korea.

3.3 Office, President’s Workspace
Office work / report documents

The President’s main office
You can experience the report payment at the president’s office.

3.4 Spring Hall, Blue House Press Center
Public Briefing Experience

Press conference
It is a spring house where you can experience the speeches of the presidents of the past.

3.5 History of Blue House
Past Times of the Blue House

3.6 Guest House, Blue House event space
Role and function of guesthouse

3.7 Blue house furniture
Guesthouse / Interview room / Sang Chun-Ja / Mansion furniture and props

The Blue House Sangchunjae and the residence furniture are on display.

3.8 Hall of Records
Portrait of President / History President Document

The portrait and documents of the president are on display at the corner of the Records Hall.

Presidential History Hall
A place for visitors to learn about the role and authority of the president as a leader of the country, and witness the resolve of the nation’s top officials.

Presidential History: Meets the Leadership of the President

As a leader of the Republic of Korea, it is a space to understand the role and authority of the President and to confirm the President’s commitment.

4.1 Bridge
Presidential favour

The walls on both sidesshow the autographs of the presidents.

4.2 State and President
Presidential change

Hallway of the first entrance
A place to meet the leadership of the president, as a leader of the Republic of Korea, to understand the role and authority of the president and to confirm his commitment.
On both sides of the entrance is an introduction to the transition process of the presidential system and the presidential system of Korea.

4.3 The role of the president
President of the Constitution

Touch screen
Through the touch screen at the bottom of the screen, we can see various forms of government such as presidential system, parliamentary system, and absolute monarchy at a glance.

Efforts for Unification of Past Presidents
If you insert the RFID card, you can see the video of the president’s efforts for unification.

Documents display
Documents related to the President’s summit diplomacy are on display.

Sliding Vision
Show pictures of the president’s diplomatic activities.

Pass the Armed Forces
In accordance with the Constitution and the law, the flag of the Armed Forces passed by the President is displayed.

4.4 The president of the people
Presidential Election Processwith Record

Presidential election posters and inaugural history
The presidential election posters and scenes are on display.

Experience shooting posters for election
This is a space where you can experience shooting posters for the election. Photos taken by the camera in front of the monitor and pictures taken on the wall are displayed in the form of a poster.

4.5 President’s pledge
The process of taking over the presidency / Inauguration of the President / Inauguration, into the landscape of those days!

Experience the President’s Inauguration
It is a space where you can experience the inauguration ceremony of the president. You can learn about the inauguration ceremony and read the President’s Oath through the touch screen provided on the platform.