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Expected Effects Achievements

The stream regarded as great innovation in urban planning paradigm
The restoration work is expected to lay the basis for Seoul to become a human-oriented, environmental-friendly city, causing a series of innovations in urban planning paradigm. With this success in this unprecedented grand project, it can be said that Seoul is now one step closer to its goal of becoming a financial hub in Northeast Asia.
Urban traffic focusing on pedestrians and public transportation means
  It is expected that the restoration work will act as a turning point for a shift in the nation's transportation policy that used to be centered on facility supply and personal vehicles rather than human beings and public transportation.
Balanced and sustainable development of areas both in south and north of the Hangang(River)
  The restoration work has brought some perspectives of revitalized development in the areas of Seoul located in the north of the Hangang, which has been pointed out as falling behind its counterpart south of the river in terms of development. Some examples of such positive changes include the rise in rents and land prices in the areas located along the stream, the increasing popularity of apartments close to the stream, and the movement for renewing the old arcades in the area.
Significance of restoring an urban environment centered on a stream

Following the successful restoration work for the Cheonggyecheon, plans have been set up for restoring of the Seongbukcheon(Stream) and the Jeongneungcheon(Stream) as natural streams and for the overhauling of the Hongjecheon(Stream). Amidst the research work commenced in earnest for restoring of all the streams in Seoul stressing out the environmental-friendliness, which leads to an enhancement of the value of real estates in the relevant areas, local residents came to show a deep interest in the projects.

The restoration work for the Cheonggyecheon has obviously ignited enthusiasm for similar projects in some foreign cities. Relevant experts and city councilors of Tokyo paid a visit to the stream in connection with their attempt for restoring of the Shibuya River. A group of civic organization members, experts and officials of the City of Osaka are also known to make use of the restoration work as a model for their plan to build an "aquatic city."

Another source for the Korean boom in foreign countries
The whole world is paying attention to the innovative measures adopted by the City of Seoul in the restoration work for the Cheonggyecheon. It appears that, in Japan in particular, voices are expressing the need for a thorough analysis of the achievement of the City of Seoul and eventually the use of that example as a material designed to inspire vitality in the political leadership that has lost its steam in the aftermath of the economy that has occurred in the past decade.

It is reported that about 2,500 people from a total of 19 countries, including the U.S., China, and Japan, paid visits to the Cheonggyecheon Exhibition Hall on 120 occasions between December 2002 and the end of 2004. In fact people from Asian countries visited it on a total of 92 occasions (88%), followed by the E.U. (on seven occasions or 7%), and the U.S. (on five occasions or 5%). It appears that those from Japan visited it for a complete analysis with a special interest in the restoration work.

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