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Old August 7th, 2005, 10:35 PM   #1
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*River Restoration Project in Seoul* Take a look!^^

AKA Cheonggyecheon River

Before







Under Construction





Test Run






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Everything will be finished 100% this coming october.

Thank you, Mayor Lee
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Old August 7th, 2005, 10:42 PM   #2
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WOW thats amazing!!

Well done Seoul, many cities could take a leaf outta ur book!
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Old August 7th, 2005, 10:49 PM   #3
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Whoa!! The last picture is amazing!
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Old August 7th, 2005, 10:53 PM   #4
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Thats really great! i wish other cities would do the same with their concrete monstrocities!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 02:21 AM   #5
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wow that incredible, how was the transport systems effected by it though??
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Old August 8th, 2005, 07:03 AM   #6
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Utterly FANTASTIC!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 12:58 PM   #7
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I don't see where there was a river before. It looked like an ugly freeway to me but with no river. Is this a totally artificial river? Whatever it is it looks pretty cool. Can you get in a rubber raft or inner tub and float down it with some soju?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 03:03 PM   #8
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Great job !!
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Old August 8th, 2005, 04:16 PM   #9
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did they destroy the freeway?????????
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Old August 8th, 2005, 04:20 PM   #10
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...and what happen to the freeway?
how's the traffic?even more congested?
and why they need to restore the river?
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Old August 8th, 2005, 05:04 PM   #11
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What a great civic project! Other cities should use this as an example of how to beautify their built environment.

What was the total cost? Was the highway built over an existing river or is the river artificial?
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Old August 9th, 2005, 03:48 PM   #12
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Quote:
Originally Posted by mello
I don't see where there was a river before. It looked like an ugly freeway to me but with no river. Is this a totally artificial river? Whatever it is it looks pretty cool. Can you get in a rubber raft or inner tub and float down it with some soju?

Seoul City’s ambitious project to restore the Cheonggyecheon began in July 2003 with the demolition of two overpasses, Cheonggye Expressway and Samil Expressway, which were built soon after the stream had been covered with asphalt. Since then, the Cheonggyecheon area has been landscaped and facilities used to draw water have been installed. 20 out of the planned 22 bridges have been built over the stream.
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Old August 9th, 2005, 04:05 PM   #13
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More background info

1.The original name of the Cheonggyecheon (Stream) is ‘Gaecheon’ meaning “Open Stream” and its sources are Inwangsan (Mt.) located in the northwest of Seoul, the south foot of Bugaksan (Mt.) and the north foot of Namsan (Mt.). It is an urban stream flowing form west to east converging the center of Seoul. Its total length spans 10.92 km.





2.The full-scale covering construction to the Cheonggyecheon began on May 25, 1958 and was completed in December 1961. Cheonggyecheon’s area of length 2,358.5 m and width 16∼54 m between Gwanggyo and Ogansu Bridge (Near Pyeonghwa Arcade) in the central downtown was covered and paved with concrete







3.Meaning of Chenggyechen restoration
The restoration project of Cheonggyecheon is not just a part of Seoul’s urban planning but a greater task that the entire nation is interested in as a symbolic project to revive an important part of Korea’s historical and natural heritage at the start of the 21st century. When the project is successfully completed, the capital will turn into a city friendly to both the environment and people. The project is also expected to set a new paradigm for urban management in the new century and contribute to renewing the image of Seoul.

Once the historical site is restored, Seoul will regain its 600-year history as the capital of Korea by turning itself into a city where the modern era is wonderfully amalgamated with tradition. The restored Cheonggyecheon area is expected to become a Seoul’s major tourist attraction for both Korean and overseas tourists.

The project will be focused on improving the environment both for living and business, and is expected to make a major contribution to realizing Seoul’s plan. The new look of Seoul is also expected to create a new hope for Seoul citizens.



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Old August 9th, 2005, 04:33 PM   #14
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Old August 9th, 2005, 07:23 PM   #15
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Old August 10th, 2005, 05:39 AM   #16
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******* awesome
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Old August 10th, 2005, 06:37 AM   #17
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Looks pretty sweet. How have the traffic facilities been compensated? It looks like there was a very major thoroughfare before. Maybe other new highways have been built to better distribute traffic in the city?
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Old August 22nd, 2005, 02:39 PM   #18
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 04:19 AM   #19
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this is totally cool. looks much nicer than before. but the traffic must be worse then. nice project.
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Old August 23rd, 2005, 08:01 AM   #20
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Looks superb! I love this kind of projects. Just a couple of questions, how long was the expressway originally? and how much did it cost to construct the new river all up? (just a rough estimation in US dollars would do).

I can think of one or two expressways in Taipei that could undergo such facelift!

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