Originating from Mt. Hongbok (Bokji-ri, Jangju-si) and crossing the center of Uijeongbu and merging with Jungnangcheon Stream, the 5.89-km-long Baeseok River had long been off-limits to the citizens due to its uniform concrete-retaining walls and covered parking lots during the urban development in the 1980s, which had resulted in preventing the river from carrying out its natural role.
In 2009, the river was selected as a “Cheonggyecheon+20 Project,” the urban river ecosystem river project by the Ministry of Environment. Thanks to the central government’s funding support, the river regeneration project started in September 2011 on the 3.35-km-long zone from Gyeongmin Plaza in Ganeung-dong to the merging point at Jungnangcheon Stream in Uijeongbu-dong. It was completed in October 2016 as an eco-friendly river and was opened to the public.
Cheonggyecheon+20 Project : A national project aiming to improve urban covered rivers that were part of the past urban development projects by recreating them into open, eco-friendly rivers and highlighting their cultural, historical, and natural importance