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Although the ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden may not look particularly groundbreaking in regards to its concept of design, this new public space shows just how much the world is trying to re-embrace its natural surroundings after paving over them with stone and concrete. Before this space was established, the Cheonggyecheon stream was covered by a road for 40 long years. Now it has been revealed again for citizens to enjoy and relax by.

Designed by Mikyoung Kim, the ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden boasts different levels to act as public seating as well as raised stages that are set to host a multitude of festivities including concerts, fashion shows and festivals.

Not only does the ChonGae Sunken Stone Garden celebrate nature, it has helped improve water quality as well as counter the urban heat island effect in the central business district of Seoul.