Gallery: Seoul Transforms a Freeway Into A River and Public Park

The Cheonggyecheon stream was formed during the Joseon Dynasty in order to provide drainage for the city. It lasted for hundreds of years until the 1940s, when the city became so populated that a shanty town popped up around the stream and began polluting
 
The Cheonggyecheon stream was formed during the Joseon Dynasty in order to provide drainage for the city. It lasted for hundreds of years until the 1940s, when the city became so populated that a shanty town popped up around the stream and began polluting the area. The stream was gradually covered over with concrete, and by 1976 a 5.6 km elevated highway was built on top of it.

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  1. mark_scoop.st February 22, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Wow! I’m really impressed by Seoul’s commitment to sustainability. It’s difficult to imagine another city willing to destroy in order to restore a stream. I think it speaks to a more human understanding of the world we’ve created.

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