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Cheonggyecheon Stream Holidays

This beautiful strip of urban renewal offers tourists and locals a break from the bustle of the surrounding city. 

Just a few moments’ walk from Sejongro, one of the busiest streets in the city, you’ll come across the Cheonggyecheon Stream. This 5.8-kilometre (3.6-mile) stretch of flowing water is surrounded by trees and grass, and is spanned by 22 bridges. It runs from west to east through downtown before reaching Jungnangcheon and eventually flowing into the River Han. 

Cheonggyecheon Stream was not always such a welcome sight. During the 1950s, the squalid state of the water meant that the authorities covered it with concrete. Later on, an elevated highway was constructed over the top. The area as you see it today was reopened in 2005. The area became extremely popular with locals, and was soon a favorite meeting spot for Seoul families.

You can take a walking tour of Cheonggyecheon Stream. (Go to the Cheonggye Plaza information booth for details and to pay for the tour). Learn more about the history of the stream and how it came to be the center of one of the most popular urban renewal schemes in the country. Guides will also point out the various waterfalls, fountains and art installations along the route. 

If you prefer to do your own walk, it’s recommended you start at Gwanghwamun station. Here you’ll see a bubbling fountain and often some kind of street performance. As you make your way along the stream, look out for architecture like the butterfly-inspired Narae Bridge, and various displays of local art on and around the water.

The Cheonggyecheon Stream flows through much of downtown, so you can use it as a route to visit various Seoul landmarks. Deoksugung Palace, Seoul Plaza and Insadong Street are all within walking distance of the stream.   Cheonggyecheon Stream is open all day, every day. There is no entrance fee. If you’re in Seoul long enough it’s worth visiting once in the day, and again at night. After dark, the water and surrounding shrubbery is illuminated. 


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mmmiohouse

mmmiohouse

229 Chunggyecheon-ro, Seoul
3.4
of 5, from 9 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Dongdaemun Market, Dongdaemun Market, and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.

AU$81
Vatica Hotel Dongdaemun

Vatica Hotel Dongdaemun

341, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3.1
of 5, from 26 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Dongdaemun Market, Changgyeonggung Palace, and Changdeokgung Palace. Also nearby are Korea University and Jogyesa Temple.

AU$42
Hotel Sleepy Panda Stream Walk

Hotel Sleepy Panda Stream Walk

97-6, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3.9
of 5, from 14 reviews
2.5 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Tapgol Park, T.um SK Telecom Technology Museum, and Bosingak Belfry. Also nearby are Beautiful Tea Museum and Myeongdong Cathedral.

AU$39
Cheonggye Haus

Cheonggye Haus

189-1, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
4.8
of 5, from 6 reviews
1.5 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Jongmyo Shrine, Dongdaemun Market, and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Changgyeonggung Palace and Changdeokgung Palace.

AU$57
Central Tourist Hotel

Central Tourist Hotel

137, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Jongno-gu, Seoul
3.2
of 5, from 34 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This hotel is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Jongmyo Shrine, Dongdaemun Market, and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Jogyesa Temple and Changgyeonggung Palace.

AU$109
Hostel Haru

Hostel Haru

11F,12F 61, Cheonggyecheon-ro, Seoul
4.7
of 5, from 13 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This hostel is located in Insadong (Jongno), close to Jogyesa Temple, Deoksugung Palace, and Gyeongbok Palace. Nearby attractions also include N Seoul Tower.

AU$37
Seoul Guesthouse

Seoul Guesthouse

31-8, Jong-ro 16-gil, Jongno-gu, Seoul
4.0
of 5, from 15 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

This guesthouse is located in Seoul (Jongno), close to Myeongdong Cathedral, Jogyesa Temple, and Gyeongbok Palace. Also nearby are Dongdaemun Market and Changgyeonggung Palace.

AU$124
Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong

Tmark Grand Hotel Myeongdong

52, Toegye-ro, Jung-gu, Seoul
4.3
of 5, from 531 reviews
4.5 out of 5.0

This luxury hotel is located in the heart of Seoul, walking distance from Namdaemun Market, Sungnyemun Gate, and Postal Museum of Korea. Also nearby are Seven Luck Casino Millennium Seoul Hilton Branch and Bank of Korea Museum.

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