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Updated Korean River/Streambed Parks

Update: Korean River/Stream Bed Parks

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Updated letter to NPS and updated photos for Cheongjecheon streambed park.

Letter to National Parks Director, Minister of Tourism, and KT

One of the little-known gems of Korean tourism is all the great river parks and stream bed parks throughout Korea. Getting information on these parks in English is frustrating, only a few of them have any information in English.  There are no English language maps available online and very little information. The stream bed parks and river parks are managed by local and provincial governments.  Some have extensive facilities; many have no facilities other than a walking/bike trail.

I believe it is time for the Korean National parks service to take over managing these stream bed and river parks for the benefit of all Koreans, hence they would be a welcomed addition to the national park service. Promoting them to the national park service would also promote them in both the local and international media.

Once the park service takes it over, they should standardize services across the river/streambed parks.

There should be a web page on these river and stream bed parks in a standard format, including history, trail map, nearby attractions (with links), and transportation/directions (in Korean and target language). The rest of the national parks should also be listed in the same manner. The web page and the KNP web page should be in multiple languages but at the very least in Korean, English, Chinese, Japanese, Russian, Vietnamese, Thai, Hindi, and Spanish.  The transportation section should always be in Korean and the target language. The web page should also link to the national forest park, provincial and city parks, and hiking trails throughout the country. The goal should be one web page with information on all the outdoor recreational activities available in Korea.  And they should all follow the same format.

Each river/streambed park should be stocked with fish, turtles, and frogs.  Fishing should be encouraged. The fish stocked should consist of Korean trout, water ell, and other indigenous fish. Harvesting of frogs should be legal, but not turtles.

Each river/streambed park should be lined with restaurants, cafes, coffee shops, fishing supply shops, bike, and boat rental places with views of the river and stream.  The restaurants would grill fish and frogs caught in the river and stream.

Each park would have signs and maps in four languages (Korean, English/Chinese/Japanese) throughout the park. The langague could be taken off the web page to be consistent throughout the system.

The parks would be free and open 24/7.  there would be sufficient lighting and ccv cameras everywhere to deter criminal conduct.

boats, bikes and fishing equipment would be available for rent at an affordable price.

boating should be allowed on the deeper streams.  and water taxi/ferries could be run along the deepest streams and tributaries of the river and up and down the Han river.  Revenus from opperations of the water taxi and ferry service would be split between the companies and the park service.

The model should be the Golden waterway in Gimpo.

Rental income should be devoted to the maintenance of the park. Any extra income would be sent to the NPS general maintenance fund.

Each river/stream bed park should have a citizen advisory committee consisting of representatives of the businesses in the park, and nearby citizens. The committee should advise the park service of issues related to that park and should sponsor clean the park drives once a quarter and offer volunteer conservation activities.  local schools should adopt a river or streambed park and carry out conservation activities and nature study programs in the river/streambed.  Nearby busineses should also be encoruaged to adopt a river/streambed park and encourage volunater consdervation projects in the parks.  representative of the school and firms adopting a park would of course serve on the advisory committee  This model could be extended to every park in the country.

For those streambed parks in Seoul and elsewhere they should be extended to run into the Han River.  Those in Incheon should either run into the Han River or the west sea. All other streambed parks should be extended so they flow into the nearest big river.

The Han River Park system should be extended to the headwaters of the Han River. a similar walking/bike trail system should be extended to all the major rivers in Korea. All the river trails should be linked to each other and to the nearby streambed parks as part of the national river walk trail system.

The should be annual marathon races along with the bigger stream and river parks.

Even if the NPS does not upgrade these river/streambed parks into the newest national park, the NPS should at least upgrade their web page as discussed above

end letter

will post an update if i get any response.

Updated information below on Yeongjaecheon stream based on a Kindle booklet about the stream.

Over the last decade, Korea has build hundreds of stream bed parks throughout Seoul and Korea.  There are great places to take a walk, to observe wild life, to enjoy nature in the city.   There is some information in English on these parks but not enough.  For those readers in Korea, please feel free to send me info on other stream bed parks, so I can update this from time to time.

The most famous one is the one that started it all. Cheongjejon in down town Seoul.

Formerly polluted and covered with an elevated road since 2005, this stream has been cleaned up and made into an Art and nature walkway through the heart of Seoul.
Suggested Duration:1-2 hours

It is the prototype perhaps of stream restoration.

SEOUL, South Korea — For half a century, a dark tunnel of crumbling concrete encased more than three miles of a placid stream bisecting this bustling city.

The waterway had been a centerpiece of Seoul since a king of the Choson Dynasty selected the new capital 600 years ago, enticed by the graceful meandering of the stream and its 23 tributaries. But in the industrial era after the Korean War, the stream, by then a rank open sewer, was entombed by pavement and forgotten beneath a lacework of elevated expressways as the city’s population swelled toward 10 million.

Today, after a $384 million recovery project, the stream, called Cheonggyecheon, is liberated from its dank sheath and burbles between reedy banks. Picnickers cool their bare feet in its filtered water, and carp swim in its tranquil pools.

The restoration of the Cheonggyecheon is part of an expanding environmental effort in cities around the world to “daylight” rivers and streams by peeling back pavement that was built to bolster commerce and serve automobile traffic decades ago.

Environmentalists point out other benefits. Open watercourses handle flooding rains better than buried sewers do, a big consideration as global warming leads to heavier downpours. The streams also tend to cool areas overheated by sun-baked asphalt and to nourish greenery that lures wildlife as well as pedestrians.
Credit…Jean Chung for The New York Times

Some political opponents have derided Seoul’s remade stream as a costly folly, given that nearly all of the water flowing between its banks on a typical day is pumped there artificially from the Han River through seven miles of pipe.

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My favorite though is the Golden Waterway in Gimpo north of Kimpo airport, close to Janngi station on the new Gold Line.  The Gyeongi and Gimpo tourist promotors have dubbed this “the Venice of Korea”.  Not quite, but still quite nice.
it is a 5.9 long walk way along a stream that used to be an open sewage dump back not too long ago.  It is lined with trees, flowers, beaches, and quirky public art.  The  northern end is pretty boring though.  The central and southern end is very nice.

It is lined with restaurants and cafes, and has a boat house where you can rent boats to go out on the water.  The cost is 20,000 per hour.   a popular boat choice is the moon boat, which is a boat shaped like a crescent moon that is ideal for a couple to take out on the water.  There are also family boats and paddle boats for individuals.  There are also bikes for rent.




[4K] Beautiful evening walk along Laveniche March Avenue in Gimpo Korea Tour 김포 한강신도시 장기동 라베니체 저녁 걷기

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안녕하세요 Seoul Walker 입니다.
오늘은 경기도 김포한강신도시에 위치한 라베니체 마치 에비뉴의 저녁을 함께 걸어봅시다. 깨끗해진 공기 만큼이나 아름다운 노을을 계속 볼 수 있기를 희망합니다.아침 7시, 당신을 위한 새로운 영상이 공개 됩니다.
당신의 새로운 아침, 그리고 오후 저녁 저의 영상을 보며 한결 여유로운 하루의 시작과 마무리가 되었으면 하는 바램입니다. 최대한 다채롭고 흥미로운 영상을 즐기실 수 있도록 노력하겠습니다.영상이 마음에 드셨다면 좋아요, 구독, 알림 설정 부탁드립니다.
그럼 오늘도 행복한 하루 되세요!Hello all my friends, I’m Nathan from Seoul Walker.
Today, let’s walk together at Laveniche March Avenue in Hangang River New City, Gimpo, Gyeonggi-do.Ravenice March Avenue is a themed canal street created by Venetian motifs on a total of 33,000 m² waterfront commercial areas in total of 26 parcels around the golden waterway, which is an artificial waterway in the Han River New City of Gimpo, Gyeonggi Province. It is a commercial facility.

Other Streams in Seoul

Jungnangcheon (Stream)


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)


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).


Yangjaecheon Stream and Tancheon Stream are two tributaries of the Hangang River.

Yangjaecheon (Stream) and Tancheon (Stream)

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.

Hanyeoul Stream, is a tributary of the Hangang River.

The stream is 18.5km long and flows from Gwacheong in GyeongGi Province to the southern part of Seoul. The stream’s name is derived from the area in Seoul it flows through, Yangjae-dong.

Stroll along the peaceful promenade of Songdo Central Park and view sculptures and animals. Here pretty grassy spaces border a manmade waterway while skyscrapers tower nearby. Completed in 2009, the stylish city park has become a landmark of the large city of Incheon in South Korea’s northwestern region.

In 2001, Incheon began creating Songdo International Business District on mostly reclaimed land. The multi-functional space offers residents a pleasant and sustainable place for home, work, school and leisure. The 101-acre (41-hectare) park is an integral part of the overall design. Join residents and other visitors using this vast green space and exploring the cultural institutions surrounding the park.

One highlight of the park is the seawater canal symbolizing the rivers of Korea flowing to the West Sea. Cruise along the canal under your own power in a canoe with sun umbrellas or on a comfortable water-taxi or small cruise boat.

Gaze at and visit some of the futuristic buildings surrounding the park. Tri-Bowl, with the appearance of a bowl resting on water, has cultural event spaces. The Songdo G-Tower’s diagonal lines and atriums provide a stunning setting for the offices of IFEZ (Incheon Free Economic Zone) Authority. Visit the building’s 29th-floor Sky Garden for views across the city.

Suwon – Wikipedia › wiki › Suwon
suwon stream
suwon stream




suwon stream 2
suwon stream 2




Most of the streams passing through Suwon originate on Gwanggyosan or other nearby peaks. Since Suwon is bounded to the east by other hills, the streams, chiefly the Suwoncheon (and one notable tributary being the Jungbocheon), flow southwards through the city, eventually emptying into the Yellow Sea at Asan Bay. The entirety of Suwon is  drained in this manner

Manisan Stream

Manisan in Gangwha Island has a delightful stream running through the mountain. the trail follows the stream for the first mile or so.


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