Wednesday, May 16, 2012

The soul of Seoul!

Kudos, Seoul! This is one architectural work of art that the citizens of Seoul are going to be thanking the civic authorities for, for a long, long time to come.

Seoul restored the lost Cheonggyecheon river which had been buried under asphalt for decades now, turning it into one of the most scenic sites of Seoul. The ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden is located in the Central Business District and was completed in the year 2005. Since then the Garden has seen a footfall of over 10 million which is not surprising in the least bit surprising. Designed by Mikyoung Kim Design, the water levels from season to season allow people to see the status of the river.

For 40 years the stream was covered with a pavement and used as a road. Until they started a project to restore the river and the result was the beautiful urban park it’s turned into today. The Stone Garden is the entry point of the river from where it rises and falls over the sloping and stepped stones. The Garden has, since, become an important place for festivals, concerts and other public events. And we can see why.



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