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Gwangtong Bridge of Cheongye artificial stream
Seoul

The Cheonggyecheon used to be a naturally formed stream before the Joseon Dynasty designated Seoul as its capital.

By 1945, when the nation was liberated from the Japanese colonial rules, the Cheonggyecheon was filled up with trash, ground and sand swept from the bare mountains and severely contaminated with wastes from shabby makeshift houses built alongside.

After the Korean War (1950~1953), even more people swarmed into Seoul to find their way and make their living and settled down along the stream.

A 5.6 km-long, 16 m-wide elevated highway extending from Gwanggyo to Majang-dong was completed over the stream in August 1971 after four working years. Thus, all makeshift houses along the stream were demolished, freeing the place for some modern commercial buildings.

The restoration work for the Cheonggyecheon is also associated with the effort to regain its pride as a nation with splendid traditional culture through restoring some historical objects like Gwangtonggyo(Bridge), a representative one built during the Joseon Dynasty.

More information, http://www.sisul.or.kr/grobal/cheonggye/eng/WebContent/index.html

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Uploadet: 05/05/2010
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