South Korean leader slammed for not shifting his office

South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) talking to the owner of a shoe shop in Seoul last week while having his shoes made. Mr Moon had pledged to be a "Gwanghwamun President" with his office in downtown Seoul instead of the secluded Blue House, to
South Korean President Moon Jae-in (left) talking to the owner of a shoe shop in Seoul last week while having his shoes made. Mr Moon had pledged to be a "Gwanghwamun President" with his office in downtown Seoul instead of the secluded Blue House, to be closer to people on the ground. But relocation plans have been postponed indefinitely due to space issues.PHOTO: EPA-EFE

Elected on a pledge to end his country's authoritarian leadership, South Korean President Moon Jae-in promised to shift his office from the secluded Blue House to the more accessible Gwanghwamun in downtown Seoul so that 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 had said in his inaugural speech.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on January 10, 2019, with the headline 'S. Korean leader slammed for not shifting his office'. Print Edition | Subscribe