On the evening of March 22, South Korea’s former President Lee Myung-bak was arrested on a number of allegations ranging from corruption to abuse of power while he was in office. He is currently being held in a detention center in Seoul after the court approved his arrest warrant. Myung-bak has become the country’s fourth leader to end up behind bars.
Since South Korea’s independence in 1945, there have been 11 presidents, and most of them have ended in up in a similar situation. Among them, the first president, Syngman Rhee, was forced out of office and exiled to Hawaii; Chun Doo-hwan and Roh Tae-woo were sentenced to death and 22 years imprisonment respectively, Kim Yong-sam was expelled from Parliament, Kim Dae-jung was imprisoned on charges of treason, Roh Moo-hyun committed suicide by jumping off a cliff when he was investigated for impeachment, Park Chung-hee, who held power for a long time, was eventually assassinated by the director of Korean Central Intelligence Agency, while Park Geun-hye was forced out of office because of her trusted friend’s manipulation in the country’s administration and is now in prison for corruption. The same fate has befallen Lee Myung-bak.
Many prophesiers pointed out that the miserable end of these former South Korean presidents has a great deal to do with the location of the executive office and official residence of the South Korean head of state, Cheong Wa Dae or the Blue House, as it is known because of the color of the tiles.
To the north of Cheong Wa Dae is the mountain Bukhansan, flanked by two mountains. Naksan, symbolizing the Azure Dragon, is on the left and Inwangsan, symbolizing the White Tiger, is on the right. To the south is Namsan, the protective mountain of the capital. There are two rivers flowing in front, the Cheonggyecheon stream and the Han River.
Those making predictions believe that there are three disadvantages caused by the location of the presidential palace: the White Tiger leaning against the steep mountain, the lack of symmetry, and the shape of the mountain and river.
White Tiger leaning against the steep mountain means that the main building is too close to the high mountain, which gives rise to a sense of pressure and it becomes easy for people to be pressured accordingly. Cheong Wa Dae leans against solitary steep mountain peaks that look like a dragon’s head. It was believed that the dragon could not move forward so the dragon energy is trapped and in disarray. To the west, the White Tiger Mountain and Cheong Wa Dae face each other; at the back of Cheong Wa Dae is an outcrop of strange rocks that are believed to be causing bad luck to any leader in the Office of South Korea.
The Lack of symmetry is derived from the way that the main building and all the administrative areas are deviated from the central axis and are asymmetrical. It is believed that this lack of symmetry causes difficulties for the president of Korea to present a glorious image to the people.
The symbolic shapes of the mountain and river come from the way that the mountain in the north resembles a bow, with the centerline of the two mountain ranges pointing in the direction of Cheong Wa Dae, while the river in the south also resembles a bow aiming directly at Cheong Wa Dae.
After the former President Park Geun-hye was forced out of office and sent to prison, people began to realize the astonishing fact that the succession of South Korea’s presidents had all come to a miserable end.
By looking at the records, former President Roh Moo-hyun decided there was a bad spirit over the presidential palace and proposed to relocate the capital. However, his plans were set back by the Constitutional Court’s ruling that the relocation was unconstitutional. After Roh went to the presidential palace, he committed suicide.
Feng shui practitioners say that Cheong Wa Dae has a big feng shui problem that has resulted in the unfortunate ending of most of the presidents of South Korea in recent years.
Translated by Chua BC