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Friday, May 15, 2015

A Walk Down Cheonggyecheon River, Seoul...


The Cheonggyecheon river runs through downtown Seoul, forming a delightful urban addition to the city. Opened in 2005, this manmade intervention functions as an 'inverted High-Line', of sorts, forming a benign, tall, glass and steel veneered, chasm between the more exclusive north-side district of offices and shops, from the more domestically scaled cluster of commercial entities on its south-side...

The river is clearly artificial, starting from choreographed waterfall at it's eastern, city, end - flowing, babbling and gurgling, at various speeds, patterns, and exuberance down west towards the Han river, apparently about ten kilometers down the line (I never had a chance to walk that far)...

Whilst its beginning is quite 'architectural' - made up of large blocks of granite, slate, and concrete, it's outlines begin gradually to blur, fade, and restyle themselves into something a bit greener and less controlled, more casual, as one proceeds downstream...

Overall the Cheonggyecheon River is a truly admirable and courageous urban intervention that other cities, each in their own way (its spirit and collegial intentions), should aim to emulate...


Overlooking the start of the Cheonggyecheon River...

Looking back, towards the waterfall from which the river commences...


People relaxing by one of the numerous bridges crossing the river...

The river is flanked by tall buildings on both sides,  amplifying the below-ground-level-feel of the river even further...

It's become a populated route an unwinding spot...

The further down one advances, the greener the river's peripheries become...

The river from a higher viewpoint...

The river at sunset...

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