|Cheonggyecheon Stream & Cheonggye Plaza (청계천 & 청계광장)|
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Until it was restored in 2005, Cheonggyecheon Stream existed only as a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass. Today, it has been transformed into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
Narae Bridge, representing a butterfly in flight, and Gwanggyo Bridge, symbolizing the harmony of the past and future, are just two of the more than twenty beautiful bridges that cross the stream. The Rhythmic Wall Stream, lined with fine marble, sculptures, and Korea’s 8th stone building, Palseokdam, adorn the Cheonggyecheon Stream.
Cheonggyecheon Stream passes close to Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza, the Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, Changdeokgung Palace, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allowing visitors to easily visit major tourist sites after a leisurely stroll along the stream.
Cheonggye Plaza in Sejong-ro is situated at the fountainhead of Cheonggyecheon Stream. From Dong-A Ilbo Building, the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream, Cheonggye Plaza stretches all the way to Sindapcheolgyo Bridge. The Plaza is roughly 160 m long and 50 m wide, and has a beautiful fountain, an artificial waterfall, and a miniature replica of Cheonggyecheon Stream, as well as a walking path. The area commemorates the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project, and also symbolizes gathering, harmony, peace, and unity.
Cheonggye Plaza is roughly 2,500 square meters, and is located at the starting point of Cheonggyecheon Stream. The square, created based on the design of traditional Korean bojagi (a colorful wrapping cloth), features the elegant beauty of traditional stonework that is colorful yet tasteful. The plaza also includes a model of Cheonggyecheon that provides visitors with a bird's-eye view of the formerly restored Cheonggyecheon Stream. At the plaza, there are plaques that provide detailed commentaries on the 22 bridges that span the stream, as well as a number of graceful fountains that add to the ambience of the area.
After completing Cheonggye Plaza, Seoul Metropolitan Government designated the area as a vehicle-free zone on holidays, providing more leisure space for pedestrians. Since then, the waterfront areas of Cheonggyecheon Stream, and the surrounding streets have become popular places for those seeking refreshment and a variety of cultural experiences. A favorite of many is Candle Fountain, which features the magnificent synchronicity of three different lighting fixtures and a 4-meter-high, two-tiered waterfall. Along the two sides of the waterfall are Palseokdam wishing wells, made of 8 different stones from each of the nation's 8 provinces.
Cheonggye Plaza never goes to sleep: visitors can enjoy the fantastic display of light and water even at night.
|N/A (Open all year round)|
|Tour Course Information|
|Route 1 (Distance: 2.9
㎞/Duration: 3 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Stream Plaza - Gwangtonggyo Bridge - Samilgyo Bridge (Jongno, Insadong) - Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun fashion town) - Saebyeokdari (Bridge of Dawn; Gwangjang Market, Bangsan Market) - Supyogyo Bridge
Route 2 (Distance: 2.6 ㎞/Duration: 2.5 hours)
Cheonggyecheon Stream Culture Center - Gosanjagyo Bridge - Dumuldari Bridge - Malgeunnaedari Bridge - Ogansugyo Bridge (Dongdaemun fashion town)
|* Ecology exploration, hands-on programs run all year round.
* Covered structure exploration – Inside exploration of covered structure in Cheonggyecheon Stream (10 min with guide)
- Venue: 50 m from Samilgyo Bridge in Cheonggycheon 2-ga
|Use nearby parking lots|
|Available in major buildings along the stream|
|Facilities for the Handicapped|
|Accessible entrance, elevators (Hwanghakgyo Bridge, Samilgyo Bridge), wheelchair rental service (Cheonggye Plaza Information Center, Ogansugyo Information Center)
※ Inquiry: +82-2-2290-6803
|Reservation Info. for Foreigners|
|Walking tour (Inquiries: +82-2-397-5908)
Route: Cheonggye Plaza/Cheonggye Culture Center - Ogansugyo Bridge
(Schedule: 3 times/day Languages: English, Japanese, Chinese)
|Baby Stroller Rentals|
|Available at Chenggye Plaza Information Center and Ogansugyo Information Center|
- City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3-ga, Jongno 5-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong (Seoul Subway Line 1)
- City Hall, Euljiro 1-ga, Euljiro 3-ga, Euljiro 4-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni (Seoul Subway Line 2)
- Jongno 3-ga (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 and 5)
- Dongdaemun History & Culture Park (Seoul Subway Line 4)
- Gwanghwamun (Seoul Subway Line 5)
Take any bus bound for Gwanghwamun or Jongno.
- Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5), Exit 5
- City Hall Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 2), Exit 4