Destination: the quieter side of Cheonggyecheon

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While the more urban side of Cheonggyecheon is well-positioned in the heart of downtown Seoul, the stream continues for kilometers more outside of the urban jungle. Even though the overhead roads remind you that you’re still in the city, it’s still a unexpected pleasure. How many major metropolitan cities can boast a stream and a quiet place to reflect in just minutes from a subway station?

Start by taking in the clear, mostly still water. Once you’re safely away from the commuters on the roads overhead, you’ll have a little less on your mind. Also consider taking some self-portraits from one of several docks that dot the stream.

While the more urban side of Cheonggyecheon is well-positioned in the heart of downtown Seoul, the stream continues for kilometers more outside of the urban jungle. Even though the overhead roads remind you that you’re still in the city, it’s still a unexpected pleasure. How many major metropolitan cities can boast a stream and a quiet place to reflect in just minutes from a subway station?

Start by taking in the clear, mostly still water. Once you’re safely away from the commuters on the roads overhead, you’ll have a little less on your mind. Also consider taking some self-portraits from one of several docks that dot the stream.

Found in virtually every park in Korea, flowers and workout facilities are all around.


Some public art is also nearby.

Just like the more urban setting of Cheonggyecheon, rock bridges offer a way to cross the stream. Be aware that the rocks are set only so high from the top of the stream – if the stream is riding high those rocks might be underwater!

With expansive views, adequate facilities, and surprisingly easy access, the quieter side of Cheonggyecheon is one place worth a return visit.

Directions: Take line 2 of the Seoul subway system to the Yongdap station (on the eastern branch of line 2) or the Ttukseom station (on the loop of line 2). At Yongdap station, take exit 2, then walk down the zig-zag ramp; at Ttukseom station, take exit 1 and go straight until you see the bridge over the stream. Bear right, and look for an underpass that leads you to the stream. Free admission, open 24/7, and wheelchair / stroller accessible.

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