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Just a few moments’ walk from Sejongro, one of the busiest streets in the city, you’ll come across the Cheonggyecheon Stream. This 5.8-kilometre (3.6-mile) stretch of flowing water is surrounded by trees and grass, and is spanned by 22 bridges. It runs from west to east through downtown before reaching Jungnangcheon and eventually flowing into the River Han.
Cheonggyecheon Stream was not always such a welcome sight. During the 1950s, the squalid state of the water meant that the authorities covered it with concrete. Later on, an elevated highway was constructed over the top. The area as you see it today was reopened in 2005. The area became extremely popular with locals, and was soon a favorite meeting spot for Seoul families.
You can take a walking tour of Cheonggyecheon Stream. (Go to the Cheonggye Plaza information booth for details and to pay for the tour). Learn more about the history of the stream and how it came to be the center of one of the most popular urban renewal schemes in the country. Guides will also point out the various waterfalls, fountains and art installations along the route.
If you prefer to do your own walk, it’s recommended you start at Gwanghwamun station. Here you’ll see a bubbling fountain and often some kind of street performance. As you make your way along the stream, look out for architecture like the butterfly-inspired Narae Bridge, and various displays of local art on and around the water.
The Cheonggyecheon Stream flows through much of downtown, so you can use it as a route to visit various Seoul landmarks. Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza and Insadong Street are all within walking distance of the stream. Cheonggyecheon Stream is open all day, every day. There is no entrance fee. If you’re in Seoul long enough it’s worth visiting once in the day, and again at night. After dark, the water and surrounding shrubbery is illuminated.
Holidaying is always so much more than just visiting a different place. It's all about the things you can do while you're away!
There are plenty of awesome things to do in Cheonggyecheon. Why don't you try a Changdeokgung Palace & Village Tour with Cooking Class or a Small-Group Seoul Street Food & History Tour?
Have some time up your sleeve? Head to our Cheonggyecheon things to do page for a full range of options.
This family-friendly Seoul hotel is located in the business district, within a 5-minute walk of Seoul City Hall and Lotte Department Store. Deoksugung Palace and Cheonggyecheon are also within 10 minutes. Euljiro 1-ga Station is only a 2-minute walk and City Hall Station is 5 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Seoul City Hall and Gwanghwamun. Gyeongbok Palace is 1.3 mi (2 km) away. Dongdaemun Station is 26 minutes by foot.
Located in Myeongdong, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Myeongdong Street and Namsan Park. Seoul City Hall and Gyeongbok Palace are also within 2 miles (3 km).
This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Seoul, walking distance from Namdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate and Postal Museum of Korea. Also nearby are Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Bank of Korea Museum.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Korea House and Cheonggyecheon. Namsan Park and Myeongdong Street are also within 15 minutes. Euljilo 3-ga Station is 5 minutes by foot and Chungmuro Station is 6 minutes.
Located in Jongno, this hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Hyundai City Outlet and Gwangjang Traditional Market. Naksan Park and Marronnier Park are also within 2 mi (3 km). Dongdaemun History and Culture Park Station is 6 minutes by foot and Jongno 5-ga Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Jung-gu, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Sungnyemun Gate and Deoksugung Palace. Cheonggye Plaza and Dongdaemun Market are also within 3 mi (5 km). City Hall Station is 6 minutes by foot and Seoul Station is 11 minutes.
Located in Myeongdong, this luxury hotel is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) from Namsan Park, and within 3 mi (5 km) of Gyeongbok Palace and War Memorial of Korea. Korea University is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.