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10 changes occurring in President Yoon's first month in office
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10 changes occurring in President Yoon's first month in office
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President Yoon Suk Yeol on June 10 responds to reporters' questions at his office in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District. (Yonhap News)
President Yoon Suk Yeol on June 10 responds to reporters' questions at his office in Seoul's Yongsan-gu District. (Yonhap News)

The "Yongsan era," Q&As with reporters during his commute and communication during lunchtime.

The presidential office on June 9 in a briefing announced 10 changes that have occurred since President Yoon Suk Yeol assumed office a month ago.

The 10 are the opening of the "Yongsan era," referring to the relocation of the presidential office to Seoul's Yongsan-gu District; doorstepping at any time during the president's commute; communication during lunchtime and weekends; opening his office to the public; conversion of the office's front yard into a public plaza; constant communication between the president and his secretarial staff; movement toward integration; passage of supplementary budget; visiting the media room first; and a bilateral summit with the U.S.

The most symbolic change was the relocation of the presidential office from Cheong Wa Dae to Yongsan-gu. The office said, "After 74 years since the government's establishment, Cheong Wa Dae was returned to the people," adding, "We overcame fears over a national security vacuum to move out from Cheong Wa Dae, a symbol of the imperial presidential system."

the relocation, the former site of the presidential office has become a popular tourist attraction. Between May 10, the date of President Yoon's inauguration, and June 8, the cumulative number of visitors reached 758,394.

His office also emphasized the president's "movement toward communication."

Since the chief executive assumed office a month ago, he has held 12 instances of doorstepping, or informal exchanges with reporters, during his commute to and from his residence in Seoul's Seocho-gu District and the first floor of his office in Yongsan-gu. 

This situation is conspicuously different from those of his predecessors, as even Cheong Wa Dae beat reporters in the past had few chances a year to directly talk to the president.

During lunchtime on a weekday or over the weekend, President Yoon visits traditional markets or restaurants in Seoul and goes on walks. In doing so, he has boosted dialogue with the public by talking to people.

On the "public opening of the president's office," the chief executive's office said, "By opening the president's office to the public often, we are utilizing it as a space to meet people." The office cited a contest opened on May 25 for small and mid-size entrepreneurs in the front yard of the office's building.


The presidential office also cited as his accomplishments so far a movement toward integration, getting all members of the main and opposition parties to attend an event marking the anniversary of the May 18 Gwangju Democratization Movement at his request; a speech to the National Assembly on administration of the legislature that he gave within six days of assuming office, and implementation of his top campaign pledge -- passage of a supplementary budget to help small business owners hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic -- within the first 20 days of his term.

Another result mentioned was the bilateral summit with the U.S., which came a record-fast 11 days after President Yoon was sworn in.


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