Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul

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#1 of 157 in Nature in South Korea
See how a successful eco-friendly urban renewal project created a popular tourist spot at Cheonggyecheon Stream. Before the nation's rapid economic development after the war, the district stood as a neglected waterway secluded by an overpass. However, after the renovation and beautification project, it evolved into a modern public recreation space and a haven for natural habitats. Inspect the passing stream from one of two historic bridges--Gwangtonggyo and Supyogyo--and see how it teems with animal and plant life amid a highly urbanized city. You'll find many shops and small businesses here; feel free to pay them a visit and purchase their goods, souvenirs, or services. Put Cheonggyecheon Stream on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our Seoul travel itinerary planner .
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  • This stream existed a long time ago but had a highway built over during the country's rapid industrialization period after the Korean War. However, it was reopened in 2005 as part of the city's urban ...  more »
  • Please observe that depending on what time of the year you go here it can be completly desolate. (just a walking path next to the stream in the city) You have to check out Seoul tourist website to see...  more »
  • Not too crowded, because deep down compared with the population Center of Seoul to cross straight into creeks, trails made on both sides, a lot of cars outside the hustle and bustle, amble out increasingly. It is interesting, I've never seen in Japan during such as Garden Lantern Festival is held, and a complex shape lanterns are made.
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