A Photo Time-Travel to Old Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Museum


Seoul has undergone one of the most dramatic urban transformations the world has ever seen over the course of just a half-century. What was once a largely disorganized and poor city, ravaged by a devastating war, has now become one of the world's largest and most advanced metropolises. One part of the city truly reflects this change; the Cheonggyecheon. Opened in 2005, the Cheonggyecheon Museum chronicles the transformation of Seoul, and Korea as a whole, through the prism of this narrow stream flowing through the heart of the city.  It's located along the far eastern part of the stream, which is not frequented by tourists, making this a sort of hidden gem that provides an interesting look at the history and development of Seoul. 


The Cheonggyecheon Museum is split into four sections in chronological order, narrating the history and development of the Cheonggyecheon, from the Joseon Dynasty to the modern era, through numerous documents, photos, and videos. Through these exhibitions, visitors can grasp the complexities and rapid transformations Korea underwent over the past century through the lens of the Cheonggyecheon.  They detail the stream and the surrounding area's transformation from its integral role in the heart of Joseon-era Seoul to its decline and regression into a slum under Japanese colonial rule until it was mostly paved over and transformed into a highway during Korea's era of rapid economic growth before it was finally revitalized and transformed into a green space in the heart of the city. Many of the photos on display show a Seoul that's unrecognizable for most. 


Admission to the museum is free. 


Company NameCheonggyecheon Museum (청계천박물관)
Category Tickets & Passes Tour & Sightseeing Others
URLs Homepage
Closed DaysMondays, New Year's Day
Opening Hours from March to October09:00 - 19:00
Opening Hours from November to FebruaryTuesday to Friday: 09:00 - 19:00 / Saturday, Sunday, and Holidays: 09:00 - 18:00

530 Cheonggyecheon-ro, Majang-dong, Seongdong-gu, Seoul, South Korea 530

Take Line 2 to Yongdu Station and go out Exit 5. -> Walk towards the river and after crossing the bridge turn right and walk for about 250m. The museum will be on the opposite side of the road, facing the river.

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