Cheonggyecheon Stream, City of Seoul
Tuesday 3rd September 2013
Cheonggyecheon Stream (Hangul: 청계천) is an 8.4 km long, modern public recreation space in down town Seoul, South Korea. The massive urban renewal project is on the site of a stream that flowed before the rapid post-war economic development required it to be covered by transportation infrastructure. The $900 million project initially attracted much public criticism but, after opening in 2005, has become popular among city residents and tourists. The creek flowing west to east through down town Seoul, and then meeting Jungnangcheon, which in turn connects to the Han River and empties into theYellow Sea. During the presidency of Park Chung-hee, Cheonggyecheon was covered with concrete for roads. In 1968, an elevated highway was built over it.