As well-known international city in Asia, Seoul has been the capital city of Korea since 1394. CheongGyeCheon was originally called as “GaeCheon,” and is an urban stream flowing from West to East in the center of Seoul. CheongGyeCheon was formed by the confluence of many tributaries flowing form the mountains surrounding Seoul, including Mt. BuGak, Mt. InWang, and Mt. Nam. Ever since Seoul was designated as the capital during the Joseon Dynasty in 1394, CheongGyeCheon has not only divided the capital geographically but also played symbolic role as the boundary in politics, society and culture.
The CheongGye Plaza, which is from start point plaza to 3.1 bridge, consists of plaza, water front, and street. The plaza is paved with marvelous Korean traditional stone tiles and miniature of CheongGyeCheon.
People can access to CheongGyeCheon via inquiry lamp for handicaps or steps, located on the other side of stream. Each state in Korea sent their local stone to complete the waterfront of CheongGyeCheon which symbolizes meeting, harmony, and peace. The material of street is not asphalt but stone and vehicle access are prohibited during weekend to provide the comfortable riverfront walkway to the citizen. Providing beautiful view from the various lighting, CheongGyeCheon changes its face depends on time waterscape and nearby landscapes. It also ensures the safety of citizen visiting the stream at night and makes the night scenery more attractive. The Design of CheongGyeCheon tried to solve the various issues on the site using or combining various design method such as the cultural ecological design methods, space and phenomenon methods, traditional aesthetic design methods, and postmodernism.