Venice in Korea More Updates

More Updates

The ARA Golden Canal aka “Venice in Korea” continues to expand with new restaurants opening and closing all the time.  There is a decent LP theme restaurant and bar that has a friendly English-speaking bartender – a Korean who grew up in the Philippines and got stuck here to do his military service and is still here. They have a great cocktail list and great music and a friendly vibe.  There is also a great sushi place and a great Italian place -owned by the same owner.

We discovered a clay walking path on the northern end of the canal.

If you walk to the northern end of the canal and turn north one block and then west one block a bit you will come to a decent mountain, Unaksan.  About a mile walk from the end of the canal.  Near the mountain, there is a local food store and a local food restaurant that has a great vegetarian menu with locally sourced ingredients.

At the restaurant, turn left and walk a bit to get to the trail heading to the mountain. At the top of the mountain, there is a decent restaurant and coffee shop with great views.  The trail goes a lot further into the mountain.  There are deer in the mountain but we did not see them, we did see some cute black squirrels.

There is another canal located at the western end of the canal just behind the XII apartments.  It is lined with bike and walking paths but is not otherwise developed. I believe it does link up to the Han River park and I intend to check it out soon.

There are about fifty new restaurant sites under construction so I assume by next spring there will be lots more options.  I will update it then.

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Letter to  ARA Canal Director

I recently moved to the Hyundai Hometown apartments in Janggi dong and have been enjoying daily walks along the ARA golden water canal.

Overall I am very impressed.  It is a great recreational asset for Gimpo county.

I do have a few suggestions for improvements


Extend it


  1. Extend it on the southern (eastern) end to the Han River linking it to the Han river park system.  It is only half a mile away from the river.
  2. Extend it on the northern (western) end to Gimpo lake, also only half a mile away. This may be more feasible as the area is not as heavily built up as the southern/eastern end.


Allow Fishing

  1. Stock it with fish and allow fishing at designated areas where you can also sell fishing supplies and have restaurants available to grill freshly caught fish.

Have goats eat the weeds


  1. Have goats eat the weeds throughout


Extend hours of boating, add in kayaks and canoes


  1. Extend the hours of the boat until midnight, and also add kayaks and canoes to the mix.

Have a bike and scooter rentals available


  1. Have places to rent bikes and scooters.


More shade trees


  1. Plant more shade trees, particularly in the section next to the pretty bare boat house.

Extend the restaurant district

  1. Extend the restaurant district further north and West.

Install vending machines

  1. Install vending machines for drinks throughout the park.

Free umbrellas

  1. Have free umbrellas throughout the park.


While the first two items might be too expensive, the other items should be inexpensive and will help in maintaining the park.  For fishing, you can charge 10,000 won to use the fishing facilities. That should defray the extra costs.



Jake Cosmos Aller

Retired U.S (Diplomat, State Department (Foreign Service Officer)

Tel: 010-4435-1402



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Review Julia’s American-style Diner ARA canal, Gimpo near Jaangi station, gold line


Julia’s American-style diner near the ARA canal and Gimpo near the Jaangi station on the gold line advertise themselves as an American-style family diner.  And that is just what it is.

We had the full brunch – bacon, bangers, beans, eggs, hashbrowns, toast, and tomato slices, for 14,000 KW ($11.53 US) plus Americana coffee 2000 ($15.00) for a total of $15.00 per person or 28,000 KW ($30,00) total.


The food was great, just perfect and the coffee was great too. The portions were generous and the price was quite reasonable. This was billed as an American brunch but it was more of a British brunch what with the beans and British-style bangers (sausage) included.


We are going to come back.  Next time we will try the pancake and split the brunch.


They also have steak, burgers, pasta, and French fries. and risotto and Korean-style fried rice omelet on the menu.


The deco is also diner style as is the overall ambiance.


It is conveniently located just steps from the canal coming from canal turn left at the Mega coffee shop on the left-hand side of the canal and walk up.  It is about a mile and a half from Jaangi station on the gold line or by bus in Jaangji station.  Get off and walk down the canal (turning right) cross over when you see Mega coffee and turn left up the steps.


In short, I highly recommend this restaurant.  Some other American-style restaurants nearby include the following (Trip advisor list)  disclaimer:  I have not yet dined at any of these but hope to do so soon and will post reviews as I get to them.  Stay tuned for that.

Other nearby restaurants:

76 reviews

American, Fast food$


“Burger Run”

“Best cheeseburger in town!”

  1. T.G.I.F. Kimpo Airport Store

8 reviews

American$$ – $$$

9.7 km


“American food chain”

“TGIF 런치로 즐기기”

  1. T.G.I.F. Lotte Illsan Store

2 reviews


6.9 km


“You go for the view and American-ish food”

“맛은 쏘쏘…”

  1. The Hidden Kitchen Brunch

3 reviews are open Now


12.8 km


“The best!”

“Their Hashbrown”

  1. Leaf Gu

1 review

American, Healthy$

14.2 km


“가게가 좁긴 한데, 괜찮아요~”

  1. Yorokonde

7 reviews

Coffee Tea, American$

11.7 km


“Pretty cool, worth it”

“앙버터 맛집 :)”

  1. Dirty Trunk

13 reviews are open Now

American, Bar$$ – $$$

11.8 km


“Having brunch with a friend”

“Unique cafe & restaurant”

  1. Tiny Restaurant

1 reviewOpen Now

Italian, French$$ – $$$Menu

7.1 km


Venice in Korea and other Korean Stream Bed Parks

ARA Canal Incheon

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

Over the last decade, Korea has built hundreds of stream bed parks throughout Seoul and Korea.  There are great places to take a walk, observe wildlife, 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. Chongjin in downtown Seoul.

Cheonggyecheon Stream

OverviewCheonggyecheon Stream (Seoul) – 2021 All You Need to Know BEFORE You Go (with Photos) – Tripadvisor


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 the 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.

After its opening in 2005, hundreds of thousands of people visited the new stream with friends and family. 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.

Golden Waterway In Gimpo

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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 Gyeonggi and Gimpo tourist promotors have dubbed this “the Venice of Korea”.  Not quite, but still quite nice.


it is a 5.9-long walkway 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 a 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 office 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)

Update:  there is a nice booklet available on Kindle called Gangnam Style by Kyungsuk Oh,  which is all about the Yongjaecheon stream.  They recommend starting at Hangyegul station on the Orange line. At the end of the stream, it flows into the Tancheon stream and then into the Han River. When you get to the Incheon stream, there is a nice cafe street called Cafe Street or Metasequia Street lined with eateries.  if you keep going along the Tangcheon stream, you enter into the Han river park system, or you could follow the Tancheon stream bed park back towards the mountains.

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 Dog ok-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 closer to nature.

Tancheon Stream is another one of the Hangang’s tributaries.

The stream is 35.6km long and starts in the city of Yongin in Gyeonggi Province and ends at the Hangang River in Gangnam-gu, Seoul.




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* Subway Line 3, Maebong Station, Exits 3 & 4 (5 mins on foot)
* Subway Line 3 & Bundang Line, Dogok Station, Exits 3 & 4 (5 mins on foot)

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.

Visit Songdo Central Park

Find a pleasant oasis along the water in this large, bustling city. Canoe, ride a bike, relax on the lawn, or visit rabbits and deer.

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 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 the 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




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

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