Sunday, May 26, 2013

청계천 - Cheonggyecheon

Right in the heart of Seoul is the surprisingly awesome Cheonggyecheon. You wouldn't think that a highly developed, urbanized stream could be this pretty. The city really did a remarkable job of renovating and modernizing it. Cheonggyecheon has become a popular walking trail for locals and tourists alike.

We first checked it out during the day because we were in the area, but the place really comes alive at night. You'll find people enjoying the various art installations or just hanging out under bridges.

Because the Buddha's Birthday national holiday was just around the corner, everywhere we went had decorations up and Cheonggyecheon was no exception.

The end of the stream, or more accurately the beginning, is marked by this waterfall. They had a lantern sculpture display in honor of the upcoming holiday.

Here are a few closeups of the larger sculptures.