Referring to the capital of Seoul is a mention of a harmonious blend of modern beauty such as the impressive Namsan tower in parallel with the historic beauty of the majestic Gyeongbokgung palace and the ancient village of Bukchon Hanok. There are plenty of open spaces in Seoul for you to take a stroll like Tapgol Park, Dwanaksan Mountain and Olympic Park. And it would be remiss not to mention the romantic romantic scenery of the artificial stream Cheonggyecheon (Thanh Khe Xuyen) in the heart of the city. Indeed, few capital cities have diverse landscapes in modest areas like Seoul. Let's find out why Thanh Khe Xuyen is considered the soul of Seoul!

Thanh Khe Xuyen and the unexpected revival

Cheonggyecheon Stream, which is a branch of the Han River, is 5.8 km long and flows through downtown Seoul, South Korea. With a flow from West to East surrounding the capital Seoul and flowing into the Jungnangcheon River, the stream passes through many famous landmarks such as Seoul Plaza, Changdeokgung Palace, Deoksugung Palace, Sejong Center, Insa-dong Street, and Changgyeonggung Palace, allows you to easily visit major tourist destinations after a relaxing stroll along the stream. It then confluences with the Han River to eventually flow to the Yellow Sea. Streams of small waterfalls, countless stairs crossing the stream and more than 20 bridges and birds, this is like the heart and soul of Seoul, is a favorite relaxing place of the people of Seoul and is considered is the "cooling system" for the hustle and bustle of life.

Historically, the ancient Cheonggyecheon stream has served as a part of the water rule. In the Joseon period, Cheonggye stream was a place where folk games were often held such as flying kites, dropping lotus lights, playing mock battles on big occasions for people to have fun. Later, the stream dried up, and at the end of the Korean War, Seoul rebuilt and modernized the country, Cheonggyecheon gradually became an important giant drainage canal of the modern capital.

However, with the idea of ​​promoting economic development, in 1958, Seoul city government advocated filling concrete springs with infrastructure, then setting up Cheonggyecheon airway in the 1970s, an expression of Statue of Korean pride for the process of rapid urbanization. Until 47 years later, in 2005, Cheonggyecheon stream was successfully restored, becoming a green place of Seoul city. Determined to tear down the highway to re-create the stream, Mayor Lee Myung-bak, who initiated the ambitious renovation project, received much praise. Plans to recover the Cheonggyecheon stream, with a total investment of up to $ 900 million, create a giant vessel to pump more than 120,000 tons of water daily from the Han River and other sources pouring in to revive the Cheonggyecheon,

The huge funding poured into the project is testament to Mayor Lee's determination and the spectacular makeover that makes Seoul a modern city that puts quality of life first.

The beautiful Cheonggyecheon after Lee Myung-bak's project has replaced the image of the old canal and rigid concrete highway. For the Korean people, the Cheonggyecheon stream is considered the soul of the capital because it has experienced many ups and downs in Seoul and now, it still exists strongly as an endless source of life.

Today, the Cheonggyecheon Stream area is a public place for families to take their children to play, the dating place of couples, the resting place of office workers after work. It is also home to many cultural festivals, art performances and exhibitions that are unique to thousands of artists participating. The demolition of high-speed makes it more difficult for cars to circulate in the city, but the benefits of pedestrians and public transportation.

Although the recovery plan faces a lot of criticism from the public, concerns about the environment, transportation, architecture and affecting the operation of the bustling local vintage market, this project cannot be denied. has made a positive impact on the capital, Seoul, which is known for its speedy modernization, after completion, the summer heat in Seoul reduced the temperature by 2 to 3 ° C. Cheonggyecheon, as part of Seoul, gradually improved over time.

What is playing around Thanh Khe Xuyen?

If you have the opportunity to come to Seoul for the lantern festival, then it will be the perfect time to see Cheonggyecheon Stream in its most magnificent. On normal days, the image of a peaceful stream and the green grass in the crowded urban area always fascinates anyone who comes here.

From the busiest street in Seoul - Sejongro, you will only take a few minutes to walk to Thanh Khe Stream, with lush green trees along the length of the stream and there are 22 bridges. adjacent to both banks of which 9 bridges were rebuilt bridges across the river in 1970. Suoi Thanh Khe Xuyen is open to welcome guests free all day. Therefore, during the day, you can take a walk along the stream to see the unique and fancy architecture, typically the Narae bridge with a design inspired by the image of a butterfly, or The new Gwanggyo Bridge symbolizes the harmony between the past and the future. Along with that are a number of traditional art exhibitions. A major attraction associated with the name of the Cheonggyecheon stream is the Cheonggye Plaza, covering an area of ​​about 2,500 square meters and located at the top of the stream.

The square was created based on the traditional Korean bojagi design (a colorful upholstery fabric), bringing the elegant beauty of traditional yet colorful stoneware. The square also includes a model of Cheonggyecheon so you can have a bird's eye view of the previously restored Cheonggyecheon stream. At the square, there are signs that provide detailed comments about the 22 bridges spanning the stream, as well as some charming fountains that add to the peaceful atmosphere. This area was created to commemorate the Cheonggyecheon Stream Restoration Project, and also symbolizes gatherings, harmony, peace and unity. After the square was completed, the Seoul Metropolitan Government declared the area a no-parking zone on holidays, providing additional pedestrian entertainment space. Since then,

When night falls, this stream is like wearing a new shimmering shirt, fanciful and much more beautiful. Especially on festive days, the two sides of the river are flooded with lanterns, the light is more fanciful.

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