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First couple moves into presidential residence

2017/05/13 18:59

SEOUL, May 13 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's new first couple moved into their presidential home Saturday, the presidential office said, four days after Moon Jae-in was sworn in as the country's new president.

Their official residence at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae had been under repair as it had been vacant since at least March when former President Park Geun-hye was removed from office.

First lady Kim Jung-sook (R) says goodbye to a neighbor in front of the first couple's private residence in Hongeun-dong, Seoul, as she and her husband, Moon Jae-in, left the neighborhood on May 13, 2017, for the presidential residence. (Yonhap) First lady Kim Jung-sook (R) says goodbye to a neighbor in front of the first couple's private residence in Hongeun-dong, Seoul, as she and her husband, Moon Jae-in, left the neighborhood on May 13, 2017, for the presidential residence. (Yonhap)

Moon came into office Wednesday, one day after a rare presidential election caused by the ouster of his former conservative predecessor.

Repair works at the presidential residence began immediately after his inauguration, but they required the time spent, forcing the president and his wife, Kim Jung-sook, to continue staying at their old residence in northwestern Seoul, according to Cheong Wa Dae officials.

President Moon, in the meantime, had to commute daily to and from Cheong Wa Dae, they noted.

When the first couple stepped out of their old residence for the last time Saturday afternoon, dozens of neighbors and supporters were gathered in front, wishing them farewell and a safe trip, while some expressed hope they will be as much cheered when they returned after Moon's five-year term.

Dozens of neighbors and supporters are gathered in front of President Moon Jae-in's private residence in Hongeun-dong, northwestern Seoul, on May 13, 2017, as Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook left their old home to move into the presidential residence at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. (Yonhap) Dozens of neighbors and supporters are gathered in front of President Moon Jae-in's private residence in Hongeun-dong, northwestern Seoul, on May 13, 2017, as Moon and first lady Kim Jung-sook left their old home to move into the presidential residence at the presidential office Cheong Wa Dae. (Yonhap)

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