Cheong-gye-cheon Cardboard House

Dongdaemun & Eastern Seoul

This 'cardboard' slum house, typical of the wooden shacks that lined the Cheong-gye-cheon after the Korean War, has been preserved to give a sense of life for Seoul's urban poor in the 1960s and '70s before the waterway was filled in. Pop in for a look at a reproduction classroom, shop and teahouse after you've explored the Cheong-gye-cheon Museum opposite.

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