Cheonggyecheon Stream has a long and eventful history going all the way back to the Joseon Dynasty. Originally built to control flooding in Joseon-era Seoul, its banks became a shanty town during Japanese colonial rule and in the aftermath of the Korean War until President Park Chung-hee ordered it to be paved over with an elevated highway built on top in the 1970’s. It wasn’t until 2003 that a project was initiated by then-mayor Lee Myung-bak to take down the highway and revitalize the stream, providing Seoulites with a green space in the heart of the city. Since its completion in 2005, Cheonggyecheon has emerged as one of Seoul’s most iconic attractions and a welcome relief from the pandemonium of central Seoul. The image of couples strolling along the stream’s banks, office workers relaxing during their lunch breaks, and kids playing in the water is a far cry from the polluted waterway and decrepit highway that the Cheonggyecheon once was.
The stream begins north of Seoul City Hall, running all the way to Hanyang University, where it flows into the Jungnangcheon. Cheonggyecheon runs right next to some of Seoul’s most popular and iconic destinations, including Gwangjang Market, Dongdaemun, and Dongmyo Market, and is just a short walk from places such as Gwanghwamun Square, Seoul City Hall, Deoksugung Palace, Myeongdong, and Jongmyo Shrine. It’s the perfect place to relax and wind down after a busy day of sightseeing or shopping. Cheonggyecheon is especially beautiful at night, with its walkways lit up and the bright office towers of central Seoul providing a wonderful backdrop.
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Cheonggyecheon-ro, Sinseol-dong, Jongno-gu, 서울특별시 South Korea Cheonggyecheon
The most popular portion of Cheonggyecheon Stream stretches from Cheonggye Plaza (Gwanghwamun Station) to Dongdaemun Culture and History Park (Dongdaemun Station).