Simply want a a serene place to relax in? I think that Cheonggyecheon Stream is going to be the perfect place for you, whether you are alone or with your loved ones!
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Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass before it was restored in 2005 through a 386 billion won (approximately US$281 million) project by the government. Today, it has been transformed into a place of natural beauty where people can spend their leisure time in the middle of the hustle and bustle in the city of Seoul.
The stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisure stroll along the stream.
A major attraction attached to Cheonggyecheon Stream’s name is Cheonggye Plaza–which covers roughly an area of 2,500 square meters and is located at the start of the stream.
The square, created based on the design of traditional Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping cloth), features the elegant beauty of traditional stonework that is colorful yet refined. The plaza also includes a model of Cheonggyecheon that provides visitors with a bird’s-eye view of the formerly restored Cheonggyecheon Stream. At the plaza, there are plaques that provide detailed commentaries on the 22 bridges that span the stream, as well as a number of graceful fountains that add to the ambience of the area. The area commemorates the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project, and also symbolizes gathering, harmony, peace, and unity.
It is said that after the completion of the plaza, Seoul Metropolitan Government declared the area as a vehicle-free zone on holidays, providing more leisure space for pedestrians. Since then, many of the other attractions of the plaza has become popular to locals and tourists alike.
On a personal note, during our ten-day trip to Korea that lasted from September 29 – October 10, 2017, we came across a part of the stream on our way to Insadong. I had been fascinated by the sight of the stream when I found it on the internet once and saw it on an advertisement MV featuring Super Junior and Girls Generation before, so I was thrilled to find out that I had passed the stream just as my older sister pointed out to me.
Having so many expectations, I wasn’t prepared to find out that not every part of the stream was just as developed as the popular points of it clearly popular in many of their travel ads so whatever. It just looked so ordinary on a regular day, but I heard that if you get the chance to go to their lantern festival it’ll be the perfect time to see Cheonggyecheon Stream in its most majestic. Still, the idea of a natural stream and lush of greens in the middle of an urban jungle fascinates me.
Nothing is truly as beautiful as what makes up Seoul.
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Tour Course Information
Route 1 (Distance: 2.9 ㎞/Duration: 3 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Plaza – Gwangtonggyo Bridge – Samilgyo Bridge (Jongno, Insadong) – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town) – Saebyeokdari (Bridge of Dawn; Gwangjang Market, Bangsan Market) – Supyogyo Bridge
Route 2 (Distance: 2.6 ㎞/Duration: 2.5 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Culture Center – Gosanjagyo Bridge – Dumuldari Bridge – Malgeunnaedari Bridge – Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun Fashion Town)
– City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno 5(o)-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong Stations (Seoul Subway Line 1)
– City Hall, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Euljiro 4(sa)-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni Stations (Seoul Subway Line 2)
– Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 and 5)
– Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4)
– Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)
Take any bus bound for Gwanghwamun or Jongno.
– Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5
– City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4
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