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Moon to Leave Cheong Wa Dae on Eve of Yoon’s Inauguration

President Moon Jae-in will leave Cheong Wa Dae on May 9, his last official day as president, the presidential office said last Friday.

Moon will attend the inauguration of his successor Yoon Seok-youl the following day before leaving for his private retirement home in Yangsan, South Gyeongsang Province.

Moon and his wife will spend the night at an undisclosed location in Seoul, the last presidential couple to have inhabited the palatial Blue House that will now become a museum and park.

“In the past, it was customary for an outgoing president to leave Cheong Wa Dae on the morning of his successor’s inauguration day if his private quarters are in a remote area,” a Cheong Wa Dae official said. But Moon will leave a day earlier because of Yoon’s decision to open the premises to the public on inauguration day.

Meanwhile, Moon and his wife Kim Jung-sook will get their second COVID booster shots on April 25 in order to “encourage people over 60 to get second boosters,” presidential spokeswoman Park Kyung-mee said. Moon is 69.

Moon Jae-in /Yonhap

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