Thursday, July 9, 2009

From Jungneungcheon to Jungrangcheon

Those are two names of streams that are really hard to Romanize!

Jungneungcheon stream, right outside our window here in Dongdaemun-gu is pretty ugly. It's covered with an overpass, is usually nothing but a trickle, and is littered with garbage. However it is under construction, a four year project, and it's starting to look better every day. I think it is going to look something like Cheongyecheon. They've already got up a walking bridge, some wooden platforms, and some greenery. It's too bad we won't be able to enjoy it after listening to all that construction every day.

Jungneungcheon right now:
View from our window:

Outside our door in Uijeongbu we will have Jungrangcheon, which is in better condition. It's been left pretty natural. There is a walking path up higher on the banks, and near the water is a cycling path. It's very quiet. I look forward to walking there. I went to the new place yesterday by myself to do some measuring and take notes of what needs to be done. The list is quite daunting. The place is spacious, but some things are need of fixing up. Most of the light fixtures are missing, as well as the light switch plates. The wallpaper in the master bedroom is pretty bad, and all the woodwork is painted a bright blue. We're going back to Uijeongbu tomorrow to talk to interior places to get some estimates. The owner has agreed to replace the fixtures and do the basics, but we'll have to pay for the woodwork. If it weren't this awful shade of blue I would just try to live with it, but it's unacceptable. There's a lot of work to be done.
Ours is the building on the left:
View from our dirty window:

6 comments:

wevegotseoul said...

Wow, it looks huge!

Mama Seoul said...

Nice! Did you make the interior photo black & white to spare us from the site of the blue?

Please post before and afters of the wallpaper, too. I think it is great to see some of the crazy things that are put up!

MommyCha said...

Wow I can really see the appeal of the area now, especially for a Canadian girl! We may have to make the trek up to visit you soon.
How many pyeong is the new place? Looks big!

Sarah said...

wevegotseoul: It's not that huge....32 peyong or something...but the actually place is probably 25 pyeong.

Mama Seoul: Yes! You guessed it. The blue paint is too offensive to post. I'll put before and after pictures though.

MommyCha: Yeah, it has it's perks, such as that riverside path and lots of hiking. I hope you can make it up some time, but it is quite a trek from Bucheon!

samedi said...

I'm also intrigued by the blue paint. I'm imagining something in baby blue, which sounds much less hideous than what you actually have at your apartment!

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