“(Gasp) Wow!” is what came through my mouth when I first saw Cheonggyecheon Stream. The cleanliness, surroundings and the structure of the walkways are simply beautiful. Starting off at one of the popular tourists spot, Gwanghwamun, stretching out as far as 5.8km all the way through Jongno-gu and Dongdaemun.
In the year 2003, Lee Myung Bak (ex Seoul Mayor) initiated a project to remove the elevated highway and start the restoration of the stream. 2 years later, it was opened to the public and it became another hot spot for couples, locals and tourists.
The first Seoul Lantern Festival in 2009 which was held in Cheonggyecheon, displaying more than 100 unique lantern designs from different artists, it managed to captured the hearts of many visitors. Thereafter, this festival has become an annual event that will be held on every early of November and lasts for around 2 weeks.
Known as Gaecheon during the Joseon Dynasty , this stream was later then renamed to Cheonggyecheon. Check out the images before the restoration project, it’s worth looking at how it has became one of the main attraction in Seoul.
Taking the shape of a sea shell, this sculpture was installed in the year 2006 and known as Spring, designed by Claes Oldenburg & Coosje van Bruggen.
Though the date for this year’s Seoul Lantern Festival is yet to be confirm, you may also visit Seoul Metropolitan Government’s site to see images of the past events.