Sunday, 26 October 2014

Cheonggyecheon: Cool Music On A Cool Stream

There is always going on at Cheonggye stream. This place has become a favorite spot to launch festivals and events to raise awareness for various causes.

From the Korea In Motion campaigns to the Sewol tragedy yellow-ribbon tribute, Cheonggyecheon is becoming one of the most popular tourist spots in Seoul. On any given day, you can see international tourists and locals crowding together to take photographs of the stream: from its fountains down to the different foot bridges a few hundred meters down.
But it's not just water flowing all the time. If you're lucky, you can also hear music flow, not from your headset, but from the musicians playing music or singing for a crowd.

Although a few times a year, there would be some staged musical performances at the entry tip of the stream next to the fountains, there are also musicians, individuals or in groups, who would pick a spot and share their music to passers-by and crowds enjoying their day, or night, along the stream.

These musicians who may not be as famous as your current K-pop celebrities (I actually refrain from calling them singers because these manufactured k-pop people sound horrible; you know what I mean. Ha-ha-ha!), but they are just as good, or even better, than the ones you see on TV!

One night, as I was heading home, I passed by the stream and heard a guy who sounded like Roy Kim from afar. He was good; no wonder he had a good crowd listening to him and to his music. 

So, if you're in Seoul and have nothing else to do, just get down to the stream, have a stroll and listen to these not-so-famous musicians and artists playing at Cheonggyecheon

They may not be famous for now, but who knows? 

So, at Cheonggyecheon, it's not only water that flows. Music does, too.

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