June 26, 2018

Chenggyecheon Stream

Many of my friends have visited South Korea before me but none of them have visited Chenggyecheon Stream. I made sure to include this place in our DIY Trip to Korea because John and I love any forms of water. The South Korean government have done a very good job when they developed the stream in 2003 where people can walk or jog safely.

Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once there before during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its length. (Source: visitseoul.net).

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