South Korea President Moon Jae-in draws flak from opposition for shelving plans to move office downtown

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (second from left, in white shirt) listening to concerns about minimum wage hike from a group of 30 people gathered at a pub in Gwanghwamun in Seoul, on July 26, 2018.
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (second from left, in white shirt) listening to concerns about minimum wage hike from a group of 30 people gathered at a pub in Gwanghwamun in Seoul, on July 26, 2018.PHOTO: BLUE HOUSE

SEOUL - Elected on a pledge to end his country's authoritarian leadership, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to move his office from the secluded Blue House to the more accessible Gwanghwamun in downtown Seoul so he can work closely with government officials based there.

He would "begin an era of a Gwanghwamun President" who communicates closely and regularly with the people on the ground, he said in his inaugural speech.

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