Cheonggyecheon River

Cheonggyecheon Stream Main Entrance

Cheonggyecheon river is 8.4km long and located in downtown Seoul, Korea. During the past 40  years Cheonggyecheon river had been covered up, neglected and a highway was built over it. In July 2003, then Seoul Mayor, Lee Myung-bak initiated a restoration project which took 2 years to complete and cost over 386 billion won. This was criticised at the time but now locals and tourists enjoy the river everyday.

The river has a path on both sides and decorated with art, statues or special themes for events. At night-time parts of the river light up and you can enjoy a laser show.

At the start of the stream close to Gwanghwamun station special events and concerts are held.

The recommended walk for people is to arrive at Gwanghwamun station. Take the exit Gwanghwamun and start your journey. You can follow the course until it meets up with the Han River. On the way you will notice many interesting art pieces, people having picnics or learn about Korean history. For more information about events and walking courses you should take a look at the official site http://english.sisul.or.kr/grobal/cheonggye/eng/WebContent/index.html

How to get Cheonggyecheon River / Stream:

As the river is very long there are many starting points:

Subway Line 1: City Hall Station, Jonggak Station, Jongno 3-ga Station, Jongno 5-ga Station, Dongdaemun Station, Sinseoldong Station
Line 2: Euljiro 1-ga Station, Euljiro 3-ga Station, Euljiro 4-ga Station, Sindang Station, Sangwangsibni Station
Line 3: Jongno 3-ga Station
Line 4: Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station
Line 5: Gwanghwamun Station <- main starting point
Exit towards Cheonggyecheon Stream


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