[Diplomatic circuit] US ambassador’s residence reopens to public after trespassing incident

By Kim Bo-gyung
  • Published : Oct 29, 2019 - 09:39
  • Updated : Oct 29, 2019 - 09:39

Habib House, the US ambassador’s residence in central Seoul, reopened to the public last weekend a week after a group of protesters climbed the wall into the compound earlier this month.

“We opened Habib House grounds to the public today. Terrific event! Partnered with Seoul City to showcase this wonderful historic treasure in the heart of Seoul. Thank you Seoul Metropolitan Agency for powerful support,” US Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris said on social media Saturday.

A group of 19 students climbed a ladder to enter the compound, protested the proposed hike in defense cost-sharing and called on Harris to “leave.” 

Screenshot image from US Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris’ social media account shows visitors touring Habib House over the weekend. (US Ambassador to Seoul Harry Harris twitter)

The police has since beefed up security around Habib House, while four students have been arrested.

Following the intrusion Harris had sent out a tweet saying, “2nd incident in 13 months in the Heart of Seoul” but that the “cats are OK. Thanks @polinlove.” The account tagged is the official account of the National Police Agency. 

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