When I first visited Seoul in 2009 for a press trip, this place was one of the locations that stood out. I mean honestly, who would have thought to spend billions of won to restore a rundown stream right smack into the centre of the city?
This place is called Cheonggyecheon Stream 쳥계천 (pronounced chee-ong-gay-chon). I love how it becomes a lunch-time spot, a couple stroll spot, a family gathering spot, a single person’s chill-out place, and even a children’s playground. It suits everyone!
I’m not sure what this is, but it seems to be a landmark signifying the stream. Kind of reminds me of an all-year round Christmas tree though..
See the landmark in the background? Love this picture by the way. Major scenic shot that makes me wanna jet off to Korea now.
The stream runs under several bridges.
2010: Taken at 4-5pm – lovely lovely sunset
2009: Taken some time in the morning – the one in red shorts totally engrossed in trying not to fall into the stream is me.
2011: Doing what the locals do by dipping my feet in the stream to cool off during summer.
2011: Taken at night – lovely ambient lighting makes it a wonderful relaxation place for that post-dinner stroll.
2011: I was in luck! It was a special Seoul Lantern Festival
Beautifully-made giant lanterns floating down the stream
Address and Directions
Seoul-si Jongno-gu Changsin1-dong
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
Exit towards Cheonggyecheon Stream