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Cheonggyecheon (Cheonggye Stream) 1

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Walking Tour Introduction
Enjoy a pleasant walk along Seoul's urban oasis
Clean air and clean water, a beautiful resting area in the heart of the city
This walking tour takes visitors on a stroll down Cheonggyecheon (Cheonggye Stream), 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. The tour then proceeds to Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park, the future of design and leisure in Seoul.
Walking Tour Details
Route
Cheonggye Plaza - Gwangtonggyo - Samilgyo - Supyogyo - Saebyeokdari - Gwangjang Market - Ogansugyo - Igansmumun Floodgate

Length of tour : 2~3hours

Meeting Place : In front of Subway Line 5 Gwanghwamun Station, Exit 5
※ Experience programs offered by museums are not included in the walking tour. Participation in experience programs must be done individually once the tour is over.
Major Tourist Attractions
Cheonggye Plaza
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.
Gwangtonggyo (Gwangtong Bridge)
Designated as Historic Site No. 10, 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.
Samilgyo (Samil Bridge)
This bridge was named in commemoration of the Samil Movement, or the March 1st Movement, one of the earliest public displays of Korean resistance during the Japanese occupation of the Korea.
Supyogyo (Supyo Bridge)
As one of the most famous bridges along the Cheonggyecheon along with Gwangtonggyo, Supyogyo was built in 1420 (the 2nd year of King Sejong). At that time, the bridge was called “Majeongyo,” as it was near a horse market (“majeon” in Korean). It was renamed “Supyogyo” when a water marker was erected beside the bridge in 1441 (the 23rd year of King Sejong) to measure the water level of Cheonggyecheon.
Saebyeokdari (Dawn Bridge)
Saebyeokdari is a pedestrian bridge that was designed to reflect the nostalgia for the vitality of the early morning market. ("Saebyeok” means "dawn" in Korean).
Ogansugyo (Ogansu Bridge)
The name “Ogansumun" (floodgates) originated from the fact that there were five floodgates installed under the fortress wall to control water flow in Cheonggyecheon. The floodgates were destroyed by the Japanese in 1908 and Ogansugyo (Bridge) was installed.
Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (Dongdaemun DDP)
The Dongdaemun Design Plaza & Park (DDP) is a large urban development project under construction in Dongdaemun, Seoul. It will comprise of a park, a fashion plaza, an underground mall, and display of a number of restored items of national heritage. Originally planned for completion by 2010 to coincide with Seoul's designation as a World Design Capital that year, the DDP will now be complete in 2011. Organizers hope to make Dongdaemun the fashion hub of South Korea and possibly the entire Asia-Pacific region.

Phone : 02-120
Website : http://ddp.seoul.go.kr/
Map of Walking Tour Route