Thursday, July 15, 2010


Here are the pictures that I promised to post of Cheonggyecheon (청계천). Cheonggyecheon is a stream that flows through downtown Seoul before emptying into the Han River.

Spring by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen marks the source of the stream.
It is inspired by the shape of a marsh snail and the colors of the Korean flag.

Some festival taking place at Cheonggyecheon Plaza

One of the 22 bridges that span the stream

This area was constructed using tiger's eye stones from each of Korea's eight provinces.

Street performers with strange masks (but cool music!)

Urban oasis


As one heads downstream, Cheonggyecheon becomes much greener.

Looking south

Other features of Cheonggyecheon include a tunnel fountain, water "canvas" laser show, food vendors, paintings of historic events, the world's largest ceramic mural, and rotating art exhibits.

The stream is even more magnificent at night.