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(LEAD) Moon arrives at retirement home after attending Yoon's inauguration ceremony

All News 16:14 May 10, 2022

(ATTN: UPDATES with arrival in first 2 paras, remarks in paras 7-9, photo; AMENDS headline, dateline)
By Kim Deok-hyun

SEOUL/YANGSAN, South Korea, May 10 (Yonhap) -- Former President Moon Jae-in and his wife Kim Jung-sook arrived at their retirement home in the southeastern city of Yangsan on Tuesday after attending the inauguration ceremony of President Yoon Suk-yeol.

Moon and Kim boarded a KTX high-speed train at Seoul Station earlier in the day to head to their home in Yangsan, 420 kilometers south of Seoul, along with some of his former aides and lawmakers of the main opposition Democratic Party.

"I'm set free," Moon smiled as he waved to his supporters before boarding the train.

"As I promised when I became president, I went back to the rural town where we were," Moon said. "Don't be regretful about me leaving office and going back to the rural town."

Putting his arm around his wife's shoulder, the immediate ex-president said he will "live well."

About 1,000 supporters gathered at Seoul Station to greet Moon and Kim, with some waving banners reading "You Are My Eternal Super Star" and "I Love Moon Jae-in."

Former President Moon Jae-in waves before boarding a train to head to his retirement home on May 10, 2022, in this photo provided by Moon's side. (PHOTO NOT FOR SALE) (Yonhap)

"When I return home, I feel relieved that I have finally completed everything safely," Moon told supporters upon his arrival at the home.

Moon said he will spend his post-presidential life as a private citizen by doing farmwork and sharing "makgeolli," a Korean rice brew, with residents in the town.

"I will live my life free with my wife," Moon said.

Moon, who left office Monday after serving a five-year term, has said he wants to be forgotten and will not get involved in politics after his retirement.

Former President Moon Jae-in, along with his wife Kim Jung-sook, waves toward his supporters upon arriving at his retirement home in Yangsan, 420 kilometers southeast of Seoul, on May 10, 2022. (Yonhap)

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