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  • “The Advent of the New Cheonggyecheon Stream” A Special Exhibition on the Transformation of Cheonggyecheon Stream

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    The Cheonggyecheon Museum, an affiliate of the Seoul Museum of History (Director Kang Hong-bin) will be hosting a special exhibition titled “The Advent of the New Cheonggyecheon Stream” from December 1, 2015 (Tues) to February 28, 2016 (Sun) in the special exhibition hall of the Cheonggyecheon Museum.

    The exhibition details the construction work of the Cheonggyecheon Stream throughout history and is coupled with documents, artifacts, and other materials related to the development of Seoul and urban planning in the 1960s and 1970s. The exhibit and accompanying artifacts highlight how the history of Cheonggyecheon Stream has been intertwined with that of Seoul over the years.

    The exhibition is divided into five main parts: 1. Prologue (Seoul and Cheonggyecheon Stream); 2. Seoul in the Age of Construction; 3. The Birth of Cheonggye-ro; 4. Cheonggyecheon Stream, the Heart of the City ; and 5. Epilogue (Cheonggyecheon Stream in the Lives of Seoul Citizens).

    In the Prologue section, “Seoul, and Cheonggyecheon Stream,” photos, miniature replicas, and related artifacts and materials are on display. These historical treasures tell the story of the liberation of Korea from under Japanese rule, the trials and triumphs of the Korean War, and the formation of the shanty town near Cheonggyecheon Stream. The prologue section also presents background information on the project that covered the Cheonggyecheon Stream and the political/economic situation in Korea at that time.

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    Map of Seoul’s Planned Street Network, 1960 Overview of the Seoul Administration, 1963 Investigative Report on the Seongbukcheon Stream, 1971


    The third section of the exhibition, “The Birth of Cheonggye-ro,” presents information on the construction of the Cheonggyecheon Stream, beginning in 1958, as well as information on the 3.1 Overpass, built over the stream. This section details how Cheonggye-ro became a symbol of modernization in Seoul. In addition to facts and figures, the exhibition also includes stories of the people who were displaced when the Cheonggyecheon shantytown was demolished and news events surrounding the construction of Cheonggye-ro and the nearby water treatment plant as well as the theft of the Cheonggye-ro rebars.

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    Latest Map of Seoul’s Roads and Lots, 1968 3.1 Overpass Sign, 1970s Seoul News in Pictures, 1974 The Site of Stolen rebars at the road over the Cheonggyecheon Stream, 1964


    The fourth section, “Cheonggyecheon, the Heart of the City,” celebrates the lives of the people who lived and worked along Cheonggye-ro. This part of the exhibit follows the story of the formation of the commercial business districts along the stream including the Peace Market, Dongdaemun Market, Sewoon Shopping Mall, and the tools and machinery shopping center. Here, visitors can also find information on the apartment complexes that began springing up along the road in the late 1960s.

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    Peace Market Street, Nomura Motoyuki, 1970s ‘Geukdong Pangeum’ Shop Signboard, 1980s A Rough Map of the New Seoul Streets, Lot Numbers, and
    Updated Districts, 1969


    In the fifth section, Epilogue, “Cheonggyecheon Stream in the Lives of Seoul Citizens,” videos and images of Cheonggyecheon Stream are on display, dating all the back from the Joseon Dynasty to the present day. This section encourages visitors to reflect upon the significance of the Cheonggyecheon Stream and the many roles it has played over time as a place of arts, leisure, and entertainment, a place where people did their laundry, and a center of business.

    Any citizen interested in the exhibition is invited to visit the museum free of charge on weekdays between 9am and 7pm and on the weekends and holidays between 9am and 6pm. The museum will be closed on Mondays and on January 1. For more information, please visit the website of the Seoul Museum of History website (www.museum.seoul.kr)or the Cheonggyecheon Museum (cgcm.museum.seoul.kr).If you have any questions, please contact: 02-2286-3410.