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Cheonggyecheon Stream

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Address: Seoul, South Korea
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
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Description: Formerrly polluted and covered with an elevated road since 2005 this...
Formerrly polluted and covered with an elevated road since 2005 this stream has been cleaned up and made into an Art and nature walkway through the heart of Seoul.
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An underpass of a different experience

It's a great way to cross the roads via the stream like an underpass, where you get to enjoy the breeze and hear the sound of the flowing stream. You get to step on stones to get... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 28, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

pretty lights on at night. has a bit of history about this stream but not sure if there is a information sign about this or not. cost lots of money for this but i think it looks 100 times better than before when it was buried under ugly bridge. avoid hot daytime on the weekends.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015 NEW

It's a great way to cross the roads via the stream like an underpass, where you get to enjoy the breeze and hear the sound of the flowing stream. You get to step on stones to get across, interesting activity for kids and the young at heart.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Not worth it's own trip, but there's a good chance you'll come upon Cheonggyecheon while you're walking around Seoul. It's easy to run across it and then just go down and walk along it for a while on the way to your destination, a pleasant alternative to the sidewalk!

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Thamel, Kathmandu
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Yes, i was very impressed with this place which has been made with their great effort. once Got history of this stream, it was so dirty and people agitate to cross around the area. But now it is lovely place to get a rest in the bank of the stream. There are beautiful flowers blowing here and there. It is... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

Cheonggyecheon stream is a little piece of heaven in the middle of the bustling metropolis of Seoul. Down by the stream, if it weren't for the tall buildings you can see above you, you could well believe that you're in the Korean countryside next to a babbling brook. There are some large rocks in the middle of the stream, which... More 

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Beijing, China
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2015 NEW

One November evening, my friend took me here to see the lantern festival and I was totally blown away. It was so beautiful, but because of all the lanterns, I have no idea what the actual stream looks like, but its a lovely area for a nighttime stroll.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2015

There were breeding mosquitoes everywhere. But still it's a nice place for you to sit down by the stream under several bridges.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2015

I was skeptical about how interesting a restored stream could possibly be, but upon visiting I was blown away by what the Seoul Government has achieved. The Stream is simply breathtaking with waterfalls, stepping stone crossings, wishing wells and green spaces which make you feel as if you are in the countryside despite the hustle and bustle of the city... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

The river has a good atmosphere and nice walkways, but could use a little more light in some places (especially when the walkway goes near the waters edge). Great for an evening stroll and for people watching as well.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2015

Visited this place twice. First time was on 1st March, it looks peaceful and beautiful and weather was great for a stroll. Went back again on November, it was towards the end of their lantern festival. The entire length of the stream was decorated with beautiful gigantic lanterns of historic characters. Very beautiful indeed. Highly recommend to visit at least... More 

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Address: Seoul, South Korea
Location: Asia  >  South Korea  >  Seoul>  > Gwanghwamun / Jongno

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Gwanghwamun / Jongno
If Gwanghwamun is the unofficial living room of Seoul, Jongno is the main hallway connecting some of Seoul’s most important historic sites and neighborhoods. Being one of Seoul’s oldest neighborhoods, the area is rich with history and culture in its palaces, shrines, and temples. Stand in the center of Gwanghwamun Square with Gyeongbokgung Palace and Mt. Bugak in front of you, King Sejong the Great statue behind you, and modern office buildings encircling you—it’s one of the best ways to experience both past and present Seoul in one spot. The main street of Jongno is mostly dotted with restaurants and cafes, but explore deeper within its intricate alleys to pass decades-old restaurants, mom-and-pop shops, and pojangmachas (tents that open at night for quick bites and drinks) and life seems to run just as it did a decade or two ago. Don’t forget to stop at Gwangjang Market, Korea’s oldest traditional market, where it’s just as fun to explore as it is to eat the affordable market dishes that locals have been enjoying since the market first opened in 1905. For a break from urban life, walk along the restored Cheonggyecheon Stream that runs parallel to Jongno for a moment of natural refuge in metropolitan Seoul.
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