I used to visit Cheonggyecheon or Cheonggye Stream many many times, any time of the day in any season and always marvel at the clarity of its water. Subhanallah. Cheonggyecheon is pretty close by to Myeongdong and Namdaemun. I pretty much all the time went from Myeongdong to Cheonggyecheon on foot. Plus, my Korean class by Korean Foundation was held at MiraeAsset building which is located just next to the stream ongoing to Jongno area.
There is an underground path from Euljiro-1 ga station right to MiraeAsset building which is very handy during rainy or winter season..which I will probably reveal in future..:). A precious secret!
Look at the water! In summer, there will be a sudden necessity to dunk yourself under the cool streaming water. The only time I did that was during Ramadhan or puasa time in 2012. Cooling my feet there due to the extreme heat of Seoul´s summer. Ahhh..towards middle to the end of May, the roses start blooming. The roses are so chubby..ahaha.. and very very red!
At night, there will be some lights and laser display at Cheonggyecheon. You may check the schedule here. The river is mantained by dedicated workers like the ahjusshis above and I do wonder where do the coins go after all of that aiming for the wishing well. 🙂 During winter, althought it is freaking cold but if you are lucky you could see the snow and experience the icy water just for your own record. Hehe..above all, Cheonggyecheon is just an awesome spot to relieve your stress. It feels like a picnic day..everyday!
How I wish Klang river will be at the same standard one day. *sigh* It is doable though. I could see that Malaysian government has shown some effort in uplifting the aesthetic value of the river and we, as the public and civilized Malaysian citizens must help by not littering the place. Malaysia boleh!
Anyway..back to the topic.
From Myeongdong to Cheonggyecheon by subway
The journey will be about 19 minutes with one transit from Line 4 to line 5 at Dongdaemun History Park Station and you will need to go out at exit number 5 of Gwanghwamun Station.
From Myeongdong to Cheonggyecheon on foot
Cheonggyecheon or Cheonggye Stream is not that far from Myeongdong or Namdaemun. I walked to and from those spots many many times. I love walking and keeping myself healthy that way because I am too lazy to exercise. 🙂
If you see the map below, it will only take about 10 minutes to walk from the end of Myeongdong to the nearest Cheonggye stream entrance.
First, do your shopping or window-shopping at Myeongdong. Normally you will start from Myeongdong subway station until the end of the street which is nearest to Euljiro-1ga subway station.
Then, at the end of the road, you will see KEB Bank, with signs of FOREX rate on the outside as the picture below.
Walk towards your left and then walk towards Euljiro-1ga station, Line 2 (Green) as per picture below.
You will see Euljiro-1ga Station as in the picture below and cross the road to your right.
This is the zebra crossing, where you need to cross the road from the picture above from the main road view.
You will see Jongno Tower at the end of the road and Woori Bank on your right as per picture below.
Once you reach Shinhan Bank on your right, cross the small road ahead and get down the staircase to go into Cheonggye stream as per picture below.
Here is the staircase as per picture below, Jongno Tower in front of you and remember to walk towards your left after you get down the staircase towards Cheonggye Plaza where the spiral statue is as I mentioned earlier.
Hope this helps to plan your trip to Korea better and save your budget too. Anyeong!