Sites Along Manchocheon

This is Wonhyo Pump Station, a nondescript brick building in an alley on the edge of Yongsan Electronics Market.

I jumped on top of a market building for this picture.

Another market building.

I circled the block to get this picture of this one apartment building, and instead of lining it up nicely my favourite picture I got was of this pedestrian crossing.

Here's Seosomun Apartment, which follows the curvature of Manchocheon which runs under the street to the left. But this isn't a good enough photo for me to say mission accomplished.

So I jumped up to another roof.

The ledge was brutal, so this was about the best I could get.

This is what happened when I tried to do an automatic panorama: it straightened the building out for me.

Over at Seoul History Museum, they had a map that showed the exact route of Manchocheon. It's sort of a Y that starts in the lower left. The right branch goes up to Namsan, and the left one runs far north up to Seodaemun Prison.

Here it hits a couple bridges.

This is where it curves over Tongil-ro, right next to my former office.

And this is where it passes Seodaemun.

This shows the Gyonam curve before it terminates in an indeterminate location. The blue box is a former pond.

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Here's a picture of Kim Gu and other patriots, on a wall in Donuimun Museum Village.

Here's a clearer map that shows this section of Manchocheon, including the Gyonam curve and more of its course under Yeongcheon Market.

This map has some of the curve missing.

When I went back to Donuimun Museum Village today (May 21), this little plaque was removed.

This is about as much shade as a city museum can throw at urban development.

These images show the progression of urban development in the Donuimun area.

The Hanok in the lower left has an unusual shape, because it was built into the curvature of Manchocheon. If I rememeber correctly it dates to 1931.

Here's Gyeonggyojang, the house where Kim Gu was shot.

There was some work going on outside, maybe just to hang that banner.

Here's a view from higher up. Nice view with the mountain peaks, but I can do better.

Also, I've never seen such an extreme sign like this warning me off any roof.

Some teachers' office.

Here's a slightly more direct view.

That's about what I hoped for.

These buildings follow along the stream in one rare underdeveloped part.

Up ahead, the road goes into an underground parking lot. The path of the stream would have gone straight through here.

Revisiting Yeongcheon Market in the daytime, I was able to see signs for restaurants named after the long-since-removed Seok Bridge.

Further uphill was Seokgyo Church.

It has that dubious "Seoul Future Heritage" status.

From this angle, it's clear the church once had an amazing view of the surrounding area, before those highrises came in.

Up on the slope of Inwangsan, I found a stream entrance leading into Manchocheon.

An attempt to photograph myself in it.

This is what was upstream of there.

This also seems to provide some water for the stream.

Looking downstream.

Some old relics in the temple grounds.

I saw some abandoned stuff as I was driving north, but didn't bother to investigate.

I went back to the streamside buildings during blue hour.

Same buildings seen from a nearby apartment.

This is what's on the other side of the street from the old buildings. A wide sidewalk, with lots of room to add some features to mark the area's history, if they bothered.

Looking into the parking garage.

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