The Cheonggyecheon Stream (청계천, 淸溪川) is without doubt THE best practice of sustainable urban planning in Seoul. It replaced an inner-city expressway by an open space for citizens. Tourists love the stream and at night the atmosphere is really great. There’s of course no project without some negative sides. Among the critics are points like that the restoration didn’t really bring back a natural stream, archeological relics were ignored or even destroyed as well as people, who lived and worked in that area, were displaced. The public wasn’t consulted at all while planning the Cheonggyecheon restoration project. Today I want to discuss another, less famous problem even though everybody, who’ve been there, experienced it: Access to the stream was very limited.
See pictures of the new entrances to the Cheonggyecheon here on Kojects.
*Editor’s additional notes
For a more general introduction to Cheonggyecheon stream visit Steve Miller’s earlier post ‘Walking the Cheonggyecheon’ here.
Cheonggyecheon Stream starts at the central downtown area of Seoul, see Suzy Chung’s related ‘Gwanghwamun, the Heart of Seoul’ here for a geographical/visual (photographic) travel to the beginning of Cheonggyecheon stream.