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Monday, 2 December 2013

Cheonggyecheon Museum, Seoul Seongdong-gu: A tribute to Cheonggye Stream

베니스 - 페니스. Wait... WHAT?!
The Cheonggyecheon Museum (Hanja; 淸溪川文化館) in 530 Cheonggyecheon Avenue/Cheonggyecheonno, Majang-dong 527-4 beonji, Seoul Seongdong-gu was established in September 2005 to commemorate the completion of the Cheonggyecheon Restoration Project, a two-year restoration process that played a pivotal role in Seoul's future vision of an environment-friendly urban space. The museum offers visitors the chance to learn about the stream's turbulent history, from being buried underground to being restored. It is comprised of a permanent collection exhibition room, a temporary exhibition room, an auditorium and classrooms for presentations and various cultural activities, and an experience zone where visitors can see what it was like to live on the banks of the Cheonggyecheon in the 1950s and 1960s. The building itself features a long, glass exterior designed to symbolize the flowing water of the Cheonggyecheon.

The permanent exhibition starts on the fourth floor of the museum with a video that provides an introduction to the restoration project, along with a miniature scale model that showcases the entire length of the Cheonggyecheon as it weaves throughout downtown Seoul. The exhibition continues with model displays of the Cheonggyecheon as it changed over time, from the destruction and aftermath of the Korean War to the clean and modern attraction that it is today.

The third floor of the museum explores the history of the Cheonggyecheon through reproductions, display models and photos. There is an exhibition hall that features research and data on the Cheonggyecheon that dates back to the Joseon Dynasty, display models of the Cheonggyecheon as it continued to be changed over time, reproductions of pieces that are related to the Cheonggyecheon, and a video about the Cheonggyecheon as it existed in Hanyang (the former city of Seoul).

The second floor of the museum features the “Eco-Seoul” exhibition, a space that displays the eco-friendliness of Seoul through the development of the Cheonggyecheon. Visitors can enjoy a digital video “pond”, take photos in front of a digital rendering of the Cheonggyecheon and enjoy other digital entertainment.

The first floor of the museum features a temporary exhibition space. The exhibitions that are showcased here change every few months, but always carry themes that focus on the changing and developing face of Seoul.

Across the street from the museum is a reproduction of the destitute village homes that used to be dotted along the banks of the Cheonggyecheon in the 1950s and 1960s. Visitors can also see an old comic book store, little hole-in-the-wall stores and several items and pieces that date back from that time period.

Sai, I think... you're doomed.