The Cheonggyecheon River spent the last 40 years covered up by an overpass above it. The entire stretch of water was neglected and no regular maintenance occurred on the area.
Former mayor of Seoul Lee Myung-bak put forward the decision to initiate a restoration process on the river that took two full years to complete. The river stretches 8.4km across downtown Seoul and so the restoration project was quite large.
Cheonggyecheon Stream as it is more widely known amongst tourists and visitors today was criticized heavily by the locals and it cost the city over 386 billion won.
As time has passed, the local population has accepted the redevelopment of the stream/river and many people frequent the river on a daily basis on their walk to work or leisurely strolls through the area.
You can start your walk from Cheonggye Plaza where the The Candlelight Fountain seen above is located. During the night blue/purple lights illuminate the fountain and crowds of people gather to enjoy the atmosphere of the water flowing beneath their feet.
The Spring tower sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg is also found at this end of the stream and can be seen in the photo below.
If you decided to start your walk from Cheonggye Plaza you will pass under 22 bridges until you finally reach the point where the stream connects with the Hangang River.
I visited the stream during the night and there were many locals out enjoying the warm weather while taking photos and eating food at the side of the stream. A few light shows occurred on my walk and these were fun to watch. I can definitely recommend visiting the Cheonggyecheon Stream at night time and it is a beautiful place to take photos.
How to get there:
I took the metro line 4 to Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station and the river is a very short walk from the station.
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