Taipei-South Korean travel photographer and blogger Kim Juhyeok shared on his blog Thursday his experience of staying overnight at the Presidential Office, saying it has inspired him to be even more motivated in promoting Taiwan.
Kim, who also works as a photojournalist at South Korea's Asia News Agency, is a renowned travel photographer whose work spans continents and has earned him a sizable social media following.
He is one of 17 winners of a government-run video blogging competition that gave the winners the opportunity to stay in a suite at the century-old building and tour the premises.
Kim wrote that he feels incredibly honored to have been selected as the first guest to stay in the suite, especially since he has been writing about his travels around Taiwan in blog posts and magazine columns for several years.
Ever since he fell in love with Taiwan on his first visit to the country, he has felt a sense of obligation to promote Taiwan to more people, he said in his post.
The post included several photos of the suite itself, with Kim sharing wide shots of the interior, a close-up of a towel embroidered with his name, and pictures of a hand-written card from President Tsai Ing-wen (???).
What surprised him more, though, was that the suite also featured a book he had authored. This small detail, he said, made him feel that the organizers of the event really put a lot of effort into it, which has inspired him to be even more motivated in finding more places in Taiwan to share with the world.
Kim also had the opportunity to participate in other unique experiences provided by the program, such as witnessing a military marching band ceremony held inside the Presidential Office, an event that is not open to the public.
In terms of dining, Kim lauded the beef noodle soup he enjoyed as breakfast in the suite and described his meal at three-star Michelin restaurant Le Palais as a feast for the eyes as well as the stomach.
Kim also wrote of meeting with Tsai, which he described as the best experience he has had in 2019.
Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel