A Guide To Cheonggyecheon Stream

Cheonggyecheon Stream
Josiah
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Cheonggyecheon Stream is a major recreational spot in Seoul, with plenty of attractions that are suitable for adults as well as children. Every year, this area is frequented by many residents and foreigners looking to relax, hang out, bond, and learn a thing or two about local communities. Besides these attractions, food is another factor that makes this place a top destination, especially for kids and active people who require constant rejuvenation with food and drinks. To top it all, the stream is easily accessible from different parts of the city. So if you are planning a trip to Seoul, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a must-visit. Browse through our guide to Cheonggyecheon Stream to help you make the most of your trip to Seoul.

Seoul offers plenty of things to do for everyone - check out our recommendations on best things to do when you’re visiting this destination.

Things to do / Highlights (from USD 145.0)

Cheonggyecheon Stream, Seoul, South Korea (November 2015)
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There are countless things to do in Cheonggyecheon Stream, but the following are the most popular among many tourists:

Take a leisurely stroll

The 11 km (6.8 mi) stretch of Cheonggyecheon Stream is a good place for anyone looking for serene trails in Seoul. This is where you can take a leisurely sightseeing stroll. The path is situated below the street, which cushions visitors from much of the city noise, thereby allowing people to walk in total serenity. The experience is even greater with the numerous bridges along the trail that provide shelter from adverse weather conditions such as rainfall and the scorching sun.

Sightsee

Cheonggyecheon Stream originates from Cheonggye Plaza, a famous spot for cultural arts. So before starting your adventure here, be sure to check out some spectacular stonework, sculptures, and a small model of the stream.

Hang out with friends

This place has an amazing ambiance and has spaces where you can sit, meditate, and unwind in total tranquility. Also, the area is frequented by locals, giving foreigners a chance to hang out with them and learn more about their culture.

View some art

Nestled between the picturesque Ogansugyo Bridge and Beodeuldari Bridge is a wall that details the long history of the stream using paintings and other forms of wall art. The most notable artwork featured here is the Song of Seoul by Chun Gapbae. A short distance from the wall of culture is the wishing wall, another excellent spot with beautiful artworks that represents the people’s perception of society.

Cheonggyecheon Bicycle Tour: Twilight in Seoul

Duration: 270 to 300 minutes

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What to eat

Samgyetang at Tosokchon (토속촌)
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Cheonggyecheon Stream is surrounded by many restaurants that serve a variety of delicious dishes with vegetarian, vegan, and non-vegetarian options. Stop by any of the following eateries for the best of Korean cuisine:

Seoureseo Duljjaero Jalhaneunjip

If you like traditional dishes, Seoureseo Duljjaero Jalhaneunjip will be a great fit for you. The restaurant serves light meals and snacks such as sweet red-bean porridge and ginger-cinnamon tea. Besides the food, this place is situated within walking distance from the stream, which makes it easy for visitors to enjoy their meals and head back for more adventure.

Tosokchon Samgyetang

Tosokchon Samgyetang has a few signature dishes worth trying. First is their Korean chicken soup, which is one of the best things you will ever taste in Seoul. The soup tastes even better with ginseng toppings and seafood pancake. Besides their dishes, the traditional seating style is another factor that makes the dining experience here memorable.

Kind Meat

As its name depicts, Kind Meat is the perfect place for visitors looking to indulge their taste buds in mouthwatering meat dishes. The restaurant serves a variety of great foods prepared with fresh meat and authentic Korean spices. Enjoy their special chuck flap tail or the boneless short ribs. The food is served with delicious noodles, scorched rice, and mushrooms on the side. Afterward, you can wash down these delicacies with a glass of wine or any of the soft drinks available.

Travelers tips

Cheonggyecheon Stream
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Security

Normally, Cheonggyecheon Stream is a secure place. However, the river features several bridges and hidden spots that can be quite dark in the evening. Even if cases of mugging and other dangers are not so common here, always visit the stream during the day to avoid running into any unpleasant situations.

Wheelchair accessibility

Cheonggyecheon Stream is situated in a course with a changing terrain; some areas are flat, and others are a bit rugged. Be that as it may, the paths are generally flat, a condition that allows even the physically challenged to enjoy the attractions here.

How to get there

Seoul Metro Line 5 train arriving at Wangsimni
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Many buses and taxis operate in Seoul, but the most convenient means of transport to Cheonggyecheon Stream is by metro.

Subway line 5

If you opt for Subway line 5, remember to alight at Gwanghwamun Station. The station is located within walking distance to Cheonggye Plaza, the beginning of Cheonggyecheon Stream.

Subway line 1 or 2

Alternatively, you can take Subway line 1 or 2; it will take you to City Hall Station. Once you alight, exit at gate 4 - it also leads to Cheonggye Plaza.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Cheonggyecheon Stream
Source: Photo by user riNux used under CC BY-SA 2.0

Cheonggyecheon Stream

Address: Changsin-dong, Jung-gu, Seoul

Opening hours: 24 hours (daily)

Cost: Free

Department of tourism: Visit Seoul

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Josiah Ndung'u is a Mechanical Engineering graduate and a travelling enthusiast who loves networking with new people, learning new cultures, having fun (especially at the beach), and sampling new...Read more

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