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The poster image shows the Cheonggyecheon restoration project. For three decades the Cheonggyecheon stream running through the centre of Seoul was buried beneath a busy highway. Formed during the late 14th century under the Joseon Dynasty to provide drainage for the city, the stream lasted hundreds of years until in 1940s, as a result of urbanisation, it started to get slowly covered with concrete. 

In 1976 it was entirely buried under a 5.6 km elevated highway. The highway lasted until 2003 when a plan to revitalize the city led to its complete removal by 2005. A large portion of the material torn down from the highway was recycled in the Cheonggyecheon restoration project. 

In 2005, the old highway, a sort of dividing line between the North and the South of Seoul, had been turned into a public park that brings people together, keeps the area cooler than elsewhere in the city and thrives with wildlife.

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