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Bridges in the old days Gwangtonggyo (Bridge) Supyogyo (Bridge)
Ogansumun (Water Gates) Gasan (Unreal Mountain)  

   Bridges in the old days

The Joseon Dynasty built many bridges over the streams. According to “Suseonchongdo,” an 18th Century map, over 190 bridges in Seoul have been marked. Among them, only 80 bridges have been identified. In 1760, there were 9 bridges over the main stream of the Cheonggyecheon, i.e. Mojeongyo, Gwangtonggyo, Jangtonggyo, Supyogyo, Haryanggyo, Hyogyeonggyo, Majeongyo, Yeongdogyo and Ogansumun.

In the old days, a bridge was not only a means of passage over a stream, but part of the everyday life for people. A bridge was a favorite place to meet and relax both for common people and travelers. A bridge acted as a landmark in a village.

Thus, villages were often named after bridges in their neighborhood, or vice versa. People also devised plays they were engaged in over a bridge. Jokes and thoughts for today associated with bridges were also made. Located in downtown Seoul, bridges over the Cheonggyecheon were mostly larger than those located elsewhere in Seoul.

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