The Cheong-gye-cheon Area of Seoul came highly recommended because of its modern recreational space and palaces. In 2003 an old underground stream was revealed when an elevated highway was removed. It was then decided that it should be renovated and $900 million later is was refurbish to be an amazing 10km stream with walk ways and stepping stones at intermittent point to enable walkers to cross.
I really enjoyed seeing and experiencing this area. I have rediscovered my love for water whilst travelling. I have always loved the it’s sound on the rain on the roof, the gushing of a waterfall and the trickle of a stream to name a few. This walk had the full variety and I felt really pleased to have seen and heard it. I have been told that it has a completely different feel at night, so I may have to return to explore it further before I leave.
Prior to seeing the delightful stream I walked to the Gyeongbokgung Palace which, as you can see from the pictures, is quite spectactual. With my old council hat on, I could not believe the planning department in Seoul would allow all those modern skyscapers buildings quite so close to this palace. That said it does add an amazing contrast of the past and present from various different angles and views.
It was then time to find some food because it was nearly 1:30pm and, because this hostel doesn’t offer breakfast, I had not eaten today. The plan was to go to a place called ‘Rice’ near my hostel and have an Egg Fried Rice with vegetables. this did not happen due to a communication breakdown, so I had Bibimbap again, which by the time I had got there was 2:30pm.
I then headed back to hostel to sort some other parts of my stay in Seoul.