After sightseeing, it was time to do some shopping. After breakfast, it was still early, we stopped by Cheonggyecheon. Cheonggyecheon was a naturally formed stream before Seoul was designated as its capital in the Joseon Dynasty. As the city had always been surrounded by mountains, its water was flowing into downtown. During the reign of King Sejong, the Cheonggyecheon was recognized as an important achievement for people’s everyday life.
After Korea was freed from the Japanese colonial rules, the Cheonggyecheon became a symbol of poverty and slovenliness, being filled up with trash and wastes, a neglected waterway. In 2005, Cheonggyecheon was restored, transforming it into a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of city life.
Mojeongyo is an arch bridge illustrating the traditional Daecheong (main floored room) style. In the past, it was referred to as the ‘Mojeon’, a fruit street. Therefore, the name of this bridge originated on this idea, since the bridge was located nearby that Mojeon.
Address: Taepyeong-ro 1-ga, Jung-gu, Seoul 서울특별시 중구 태평로1가 ~성동구 신답철교
- City Hall, Jonggak, Jongno 3(sam)-ga, Jongno 5(o)-ga, Dongdaemun, Sinseol-dong Stations (Seoul Subway Line 1)
- City Hall, Euljiro 1(il)-ga, Euljiro 3(sam)-ga, Euljiro 4(sa)-ga, Sindang, Sangwangsimni Stations (Seoul Subway Line 2)
- Jongno 3(sam)-ga Station (Seoul Subway Line 1, 3 and 5)
- Dongdaemun History & Culture Park Station (Seoul Subway Line 4)
- Gwanghwamun Station (Seoul Subway Line 5)
For more information on Cheonggyecheon, do check out http://www.sisul.or.kr/.
For the rest of my trip, check out September in Seoul. In my next post, I will share my visit to DMZ. Stay tune!
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