When visiting Seoul several years ago, I was lucky having the chance to see the annual lantern festival on Cheonggye-Cheon Stream. I walked along the bank of the stream in a cool November night, looking at the beautiful lanterns one by one which were installed on a base around 50 cm above the surface of the water.
Now Cheonggye-Cheon Stream is a famous tourist spot, a must-visit, in Seoul but actually it was a neglected waterway hidden by an overpass before 2003. Then it was the brilliant idea of Seoul’s mayor, Lee Myung-bak, to restore the forgotten stream in two years to become a haven of natural beauty amidst the bustle of Seoul’s city life. The seemingly impossible project was successful although it’s a high cost project. It becomes an area of a vehicle-free zone on holidays, some art performance or festivals, and gives more leisure space for pedestrians. I had to admit that Cheonggye-Cheon Stream is the great place for those who are seeking refreshment and surely, for me a nice cultural experience.
In response to the Daily Post Weekly Photo Challenge with the theme of H20