“The Breath of a Rising City: A Close-up of Cheonggyecheon” takes an in-depth look at a stream in Seoul that made global history.
Cheonggyecheon, a 5.8-km stream in the heart of Seoul, had long been a setting for marine life and an important water source for residents living nearby. It was covered with asphalt and concrete in 1937, during Japan’s colonization of Korea. For decades, it was traversed by cars and served as an integral part of bustling city life.
Then, in 2003, the city began a restoration project to uncover the stream and bring it back to life.
A renewed Cheonggyecheon debuted Oct. 1. Throngs of onlookers were surprised to learn that nature, marine life and ancient artifacts had survived for decades beneath the concrete cover.
Tune in to this Arirang special to learn the history of this remarkable, restored stream, the significance of its return and what its future holds.
Producer / Jung Choon-kil