New Travel Series + Cheonggyecheon Stream

First, let me tell you how my week was so far: I was so sick these past few days. I had a terrible headache, I’m feeling nauseous, and I’m having stomach cramps. Before you start thinking these are probably signs of being pregnant, let me just say that my period came today (as scheduled). So yeah, I’m feeling a little better now.

As a comeback for the many days I wasn’t able to blog, I would like to start a series called: The Abella Adventures. This series will document all of our family trips locally and abroad and will include: travel tips, budget, itinerary, travel finds and more. Moreover, our travel posts shared in other social media platforms like Twitter and Instagram will bear the hashtags: #theabelladventures and #theabellastravelto

Starting The Abella Adventures Series is a continuation of our recent trip to South Korea.

From Jeju Island, we (reluctantly) went back to Seoul. Due to our activities early morning that day (read all about it here), we were already exhausted by the time we arrived at Gimpo Airport. We just wanted to go to our accommodation and sleep. Luckily, our rented apartment is just 20 minutes away by subway from the airport. A review of our Airbnb accommodation will be posted soon.

4pm: At last we arrived at the apartment and were able to catch some Zzzzzzs. By 6pm we need to have dinner so we went out. We took a short detour to Cheonggyecheon Stream which I heard was quite a sight at night. We rode the subway to Gwanghwamun Square but unfortunately took the wrong exit. Good thing, the stream was just a little walk away, so walk we did!

Gwanghwamun Square

One thing I like about South Korea is that sunsets are at almost 8pm. Look how bright it is at 7pm.

What was once a neglected waterway was transformed into an oasis in the middle of downtown Seoul. The “Spring Tower” and the Candlelight Fountain marks the start of the stream at Cheonggye Plaza.

Spring tower whole

Although named the Spring tower, it is more like a snail’s shell to me. Nonetheless, the structure is a great symbol of modernization and culture.

Spring tower

The fountain is what we came for actually, with its changing colors and beautiful lights at night, it is definitely stunning.

Candlelight Fountain

Cheonggyecheon Stream at Night

One can enjoy a leisurely stroll along this 11km long stream or simply take a rest, watch some fishes swim or dip your feet in its cool waters. The best part of it is you can do this for free.

wishing well

There is also a wishing well at the middle of the stream not far from the entrance.

Under the bridge

We took a quick family photo under the rainbow lighted bridge.

Stone steps

Crossed the stone steps to the other side. Sorry for the blurred photo. Hubby was in a hurry to cross while I was scrambling to take a picture of them.

The stream passes under 22 bridges before it flows out to Han River. We were able to have a photo in just one of the bridges, though then had dinner.

on the bridge

Too lazy to find something local to eat, we just settled for pizza and then went on our way home.

We went back here a few days after and in the morning to let Kara dip her feet in the water and to see how the view is at daytime. Personally, I think Cheonggyecheon Stream is best visited at night. the view is just so wonderful, with the lights illuminating the beauty of the stream. To be in a haven like this in the middle of a busy city is a breath of fresh air to me.

Next up is the 2nd day of our tour in Seoul: Around Gyeongbokgung Palace dressed in hanbok!

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21 thoughts on “New Travel Series + Cheonggyecheon Stream

  1. Michelle Solee (@michisolee) August 1, 2016 at 4:21 pm Reply

    Whenever we travel, I also look for places that have no entrance fee or with a minimal fee so we can save. Nakakpanibago if you visit other countries, sunrise and sunset are not the same with PH. 🙂

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    • wifeymommyrn August 2, 2016 at 2:27 pm Reply

      Budget is really important so if we can see and do things for free, we go for it. Although right now, my daughter is just 2 years old, she doesn’t have entrance fees pa so we’re trying to make the most of it.

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  2. gilian August 2, 2016 at 3:45 am Reply

    Love the lights. I like traveling during daytime, but I also like to see how the city looks like at night with all the bright lights. =)

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  3. Patty | MrsC August 2, 2016 at 11:37 am Reply

    I love to travel, but it really does get expensive with the whole family in tow. So yes, it’s such a great idea to look for free places to visit. 🙂 Thanks for sharing! Nice to know, for future reference.

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    • wifeymommyrn August 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm Reply

      Our daughter is just 2 years old so she does not have entrance fees pa kaya tinotodo na namen hehe

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  4. Nilyn_ECM August 2, 2016 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Aw, this place is really nice and lovely! We don’t really travel often – my son and I, but I hope in time, we can be able to. ♥

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    • wifeymommyrn August 2, 2016 at 2:31 pm Reply

      I hope you can travel soon! Bonding time with the family 🙂

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  5. mommykach August 3, 2016 at 12:38 am Reply

    Such a nice idea to make something out of an otherwise abandoned waterway. Hope we can start doing that here in the Philippines. You have a lovely family btw 🙂

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    • wifeymommyrn August 3, 2016 at 9:19 am Reply

      I agree, places like this where we could unwind are what we are lacking here. Aww, thank you for the compliment! 🙂

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  6. rollcoastermom August 3, 2016 at 10:19 am Reply

    That stream sure looks like a nice place to hang out. I’d love to take a stroll and take photos there as well. 🙂

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  7. Monica August 3, 2016 at 4:27 pm Reply

    Oh, that looks pretty! Photos pa lang it looked nice na, I’m sure the baby enjoyed the lights!

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  8. Teresa Dumadag August 3, 2016 at 6:10 pm Reply

    I have not been to Korea. But one of my closest friends said that it’s beautiful.

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  9. Maan Laxa August 3, 2016 at 6:41 pm Reply

    Oh I’m glad you’re okay now. Was it just PMS? Anyway, I love love your pictures. The lights look so pretty!

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  10. triplejoys August 3, 2016 at 9:14 pm Reply

    Oh, another one of the many countries I wanted to visit! Kelan kaya?! Nice photos you have there! 🙂

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  11. Jackie August 3, 2016 at 11:43 pm Reply

    Sayang you guys missed the light show! At around 8PM there are light shows there, it’s very beautiful. 🙂

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  12. Joy Domingo Gurtiza August 5, 2016 at 5:56 pm Reply

    I’m excited to read your Gyeongbokgung Palace post! Your family vacay looks really fun! 🙂

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  13. Fully Housewifed! (@fullyhousewifed) August 7, 2016 at 11:42 pm Reply

    It’s the first time I’ve learned that Korea has late sunsets, but I’ve heard of how beautiful the place is from my former Korean student.

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  14. Edel San August 11, 2016 at 4:50 pm Reply

    I’d love to see your photos wearing Hanbok. I bet you had fun with the photoshoot 🙂 We’re planning to visit Seoul also, thank you for the tips. 🙂

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  15. Pinknomenal August 11, 2016 at 10:42 pm Reply

    So pretty! We also went to the same place when I went to Korea in 2011 and even met a cheerful ahjussi in costume. Memories! 😀

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  16. Nini Perez August 12, 2016 at 12:31 am Reply

    So beautiful! Lights are always a feast for the eyes for the young ones.

    I used to live in Oman. And our sunsets there are late too. 🙂

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  17. Arlene Tingson August 12, 2016 at 10:44 am Reply

    Looks like a fun trip! I think Seoul is one of the safest places to live and travel to. Everything is well organised and easy going. The public transport works perfectly, the city is very clean and Korean people are very nice and helpful and they love kids. Traveling with my toddler, I appreciate the super clean restrooms usually conveniently built with children in mind (with either changing boards or kids’ seats) – they are everywhere and free!

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