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Jungnangcheon stream is the biggest contributor to the Hangang River. It starts at Yangju-si, Gyeonggi-do, joins with the Cheonggyecheon stream, and curves around Geumho-dong, Seongdong-gu until it finally flows under the Bridge of Gangyeonbuk-ro and into the Hangang river.
Hongjecheon (Stream) begins at Bukhansan (Mountain) and runs for 11.1km through Jongno-gu and Mapo-gu. The stream is named after the Hongjewon, an official building where Chinese envoys were received. Once dried up and neglected, the stream was revived under Seoul’s ‘No Dry Streams’ project. Within two short years clean water was once again flowing through both Hongjecheon (Stream) and Cheonggyecheon (Stream).
Cheonggyecheon (Stream) has continued to evolve along with Hangang (River) ever since the rise of the Joseon Dynasty. With the Cheonggyecheon restoration project in 2003, the conversion of the dirty water and sewage tracts of the past, wash away those soulless images of downtown, as well as offering a touch of nature and an eco-friendly warmth. Twenty-two bridges along the stream were newly built over a length of 5.84 kilometers. Recently, various cultural facilities were added to its banks, with greater focus on artistic and ecological activities. Now, the stream is at the center of Seoul citizens’ cultural activities.
The Hangang (River) is a wide body of water that cuts across Seoul from east to west. Seoul’s development has always depended on this great river, which is now a national center of watersports. Water-sport enthusiasts can
jet ski, wind surf, sail across the water, or even splash around in the outdoor
pools during the summer. Many sports facilities along Hangang Park have soccer
and baseball fields, tennis and basketball courts, and a rock climbing wall
that draw in numerous sports clubs and associations during weekends.
The Yangjaecheon Ecologic Education Center is situated on the riverbed of Tancheon Stream. The location is also called Hangnyeoul after the white heron (hak) that feed at the stream. It is a habitat for silver grass and reeds and is the ideal spot for the many wild birds that take shelter in the tall grasses. There is a 300m long wooden deck that runs through the wetlands between the reeds. Visitors can kick off their shoes and wet their toes in the cool stream water at the edge of the wooden deck or simply take a quiet walk and listen to the birds chirp.
Yangjaecheon (Stream) originates from Gwanaksan (Mountain) and Cheonggyesan (Mountain). The 15.6km stream flows across Gwacheon and into the Gangnam district in Seoul until it joins up with the Hangang (River). The stream flows across Dogok-dong and Gaepo-dong in the district of Gangnam, and is a popular spot with locals for its well-paved pedestrian and cycling paths. It is a pleasant patch of green in a concrete jungle. Many Seoulites visit the stream for relaxation and to spend a day being closer to nature.