Seoul Capital Area

Cheonggyecheon Stream: lifeline of Seoul

Cheonggyecheon Stream, which was created in 2005 as a rest area in the city center, can be heard with cool water sound throughout the four seasons.
Cheonggyecheon Stream Chapter Impressions Waterfall
Cheonggyecheon Stream Chapter Impressions Waterfall

Cheonggyecheon Stream, which was created in 2005 as a rest area in the city center, can be heard with cool water sound throughout the four seasons.


The lifeline of Joseon Dynasty


The long waterway in the middle of Seoul’s busiest streets has become an indispensable rest area for both Koreans and foreigners, men and women of all ages.

Workers who cross the stone bridge with a cup of coffee, children bent down to watch the fish, and young lovers sitting side by side. This is a common view of Cheonggyecheon, which flows through the heart of downtown Seoul.

The small stream, the original title of the Cheonggyecheon Stream, Jongno-gu and Jung-gu during Japanese occupation changed the name of now. The restoration project of Cheonggyecheon was carried out in 1958 and the overpass was destroyed in 2003.

Cheonggyecheon Stream, which was created in 2005 as a rest area in the city center, can be heard with cool water sound throughout the four seasons. Water from the restored Cheonggyecheon stream is pumped up and filtered from the water intake in the Han River and then buried the pipe under the ground.

At the Cheonggyecheon entrance near Gwanghwamun, a sora-shaped sculpture, “Spring,” by American pop artist Class Oldenberg, is installed and 22 bridges are laid from Cheonggyecheon Plaza to Ogansugyo Bridge in the east, taking about three hours to look around.

Cheonggyecheon Busking


Cheonggyecheon Busking: It is a street performance that rings everywhere to welcome the walkers of Cheonggyecheon with cool water streams.

With one guitar, you can listen to various genres of band music on the spot as well as one-man performances that play pop and pop songs.

Tour Korea Cheonggyecheon Stream Night View Seoul
Tour Korea Cheonggyecheon Stream Night View Seoul

Bridge-Stamping


Bridge-Stamping: It is said that if you step on the 12 bridges across Cheonggyecheon Stream on the fifteenth of lunar January, when a round moon rises, you can prevent various disasters. It was popular among aristocrats and ordinary people during the Joseon Dynasty.

On the fifteenth of lunar January, “Dari Bapgi(Bridgde Stamping)” was also a “Day of Liberation” for the people, which was also banned during the king Myeongjong reign of the Joseon Dynasty due to the late evening drinking parties and secret meetings of lovers after “bridge crossing.”

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Seoul Lantern Festival


Seoul Lantern Festival : It is a festival that embroidered the Cheonggyecheon area with hundreds of lanterns every fall.

Since it began in 2009 to commemorate ‘the Year of Visit Korea’, more than 2.5 million visitors have been visiting the area every year, and a variety of different sizes of lanterns, from Cheonggye Plaza to Supyo Bridge, are attracting attention each year.

Seoul Lantern Festival
Seoul Lantern Festival

Closed
N/A (Open all year round)

Operating Hours
Open 24hr

Parking Facilities
Use nearby parking lots

Admission Fees
Free

Restrooms
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

Baby Stroller Rentals
Available at Cheonggye Plaza Information Center and Ogansugyo Information Center

Pets
Permitted (Must be kept on a leash at all times and cleaned up after)


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