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Date : 14-05-29 10:54
[notice] Landmarks - Cheonggyecheon (Stream)
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Landmarks - Cheonggyecheon (Stream) 

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Cheonggyecheon is an 11 km long modern stream that runs through downtown Seoul. Created as 
part of an urban renewal project, Cheonggyecheon is a restoration of the stream that was once 
there before during the Joseon Dynasty (1392-1910). The stream was covered with an elevated 
highway after the Korean War (1950-1953), as part of the country's post-war economic 
development. Then in 2003, the elevated highway was removed to restore the stream to its present 
form today. The stream starts from Cheonggye Plaza, a popular cultural arts venue, and passes 
under a total of 22 bridges before flowing into the Hangang (River), with many attractions along its 
length.

“Spring” Tower: a Cheonggye Plaza landmark

The two main attractions of Cheonggye Plaza are the “Spring” Tower and the Candlelight Fountain. 
“Spring” is a sculpture by Swedish pop artist, Claes Oldenburg and serves as a striking backdrop 
for the wide variety of cultural events held at the plaza. The Candlelight Fountain is a 4 m long, two-
layered waterfall that flows into the stream, and marks the start of Cheonggyecheon’s flowing 
current towards the Hangang. Candlelight Fountain is particularly stunning at night with its multi-
colored illuminations.

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Candlelight Fountain at night

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”Spring” Tower

Gwangtonggyo

Gwangtonggyo was the largest of Cheonggyecheon's bridges during the Joseon Dynasty, but it was 
buried underground during the country's post-war economic development. Recently restored to its 
former glory, Gwangtonggyo has an old-fashioned charm which makes it one of the most 
photogenic places on the stream and very popular with tourists.

Gwangtonggyo

Gwangtonggyo

Tunnel Fountain

The Tunnel Fountain covers a 50 m stretch of the footpath that runs alongside the stream. It 
features 42 bank-mounted nozzles that shoot 16 m-long jets of water above visitors’ heads. The jets 
of water arch overhead into the stream to form a delightful water tunnel through which visitors can 
walk and feel the simple pleasure a light refreshing mist against their faces. Gwangtonggyo was the 
largest of Cheonggyecheon's bridges during the Joseon Dynasty, but it was buried underground 
during the country's post-war economic development. Recently restored to its former glory, 
Gwangtonggyo has an old-fashioned charm which makes it one of the most photogenic places on 
the stream and very popular with tourists.


Beodeul Wetland
 

Beodeul Wetland is a place of special ecological value as a bird sanctuary (it is frequently visited by 
migrating birds) and because of the wealth of aquatic plants that grow there. Nearby stands 
Dumuldari, a bridge whose name means “the bridge where two currents converge." It marks the 
confluence of the Cheonggyecheon and Jungnangcheon tributaries as they flow towards the 
Hangang. The merging of the two currents resembles interlocked fingers and has a fairytale quality 
which led UNICEF to designate Dumuldari as a children’s bridge.

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Dumuldari

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Beodeul Wetland

Cheonggyecheon Museum

Cheonggyecheon’s turbulent history is on display at the Cheonggyecheon Museum which opened 
in September 2005. The museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the many changes the 
stream has seen, including being buried underground and being restored. The story is told with the 
help of a scale-model and period photographs. Admission is free.


Cheonggye 8 Views

Of Cheonggyecheon’s many attractions, the eight most beautiful are officially recognized as the 
“Cheonggye 8 Views”. These must-see locations along the stream include the Cheonggye Plaza, 
Gwangtonggyo (Bridge), the Banchado of King Jeongjo (Tile Painting), the Fashion Square (Wall of 
Culture), the Historic Laundry Site, the Wall of Hope, the Old Expressway Ruins/Tunnel Fountain, 
and the Beodeul Wetland.

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Gwangtonggyo

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Historic laundry site


Guided tours along the stream are available in Korean, English and Japanese. Visitors are 
recommended to plan their trip in advance and to learn about Cheonggyecheon by visiting the 
Cheonggyecheon Museum or website.

* Tour Route 1 (2.9 km, 3 hours): Cheonggye Plaza → Gwangtonggyo (Restored Bridge) → 
Samilgyo (Jongno, Insa-dong) → Supyogyo → Saebyeokdari (KwangJang and Bangsan Market) → 
Ogansugyo (Dongdaemun Fashion Town)

* Tour Route 2 (2.6 km, 2.5 hours): Cheonggyecheon Museum → Gosanjagyo → Dumuldari → 
Malgeunnaedari → Ogansugyo (Dongdaemun Fashion Town)

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Footbridge

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Waterfall and stepping-stones


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