Korea Trip #4 – Sunset at Han River

The Han River is a major river in South Korea and the fourth longest river on the Korean peninsula after the Amnok, Tuman, and Nakdong rivers. The river begins as two smaller rivers in the eastern mountains of the Korean peninsula, which then converge near Seoul, the capital of the country.

The Banpo Bridge is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. The bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming the upper half of a double-deck bridge; it is the first double deck bridge built in South Korea. During periods of high rainfall, the Jamsu Bridge is designed to submerge as the water level of the river rises, as the lower deck lies close to the waterline. The bridge was built as a girder bridge and was completed in 1982.

I took taxi to Banpo Hanging Park around 5:00pm in order to capture the moment of sunset.  I forced the taxi driver to drop me off in the middle of Banpo Bridge so that I can face the sun in a perfect position.

After the Sun set I walked to Banpo Hanging Park, going around those colorful glass building and capturing some pictures.  Luckily I got one photo including the Seoul Tower on the background.

I waited for the sky turn completely dark to see another wonder over the Han River – Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show.

The show lasted for 15 – 20 minutes.  During the show both sides of the bridge were lined with pumps that pass almost 200 tons of river water though them each and every minute.  The water is then illuminated by LED lights as it falls 20 meters (65 feet) back down to the Han River.  The Banpo Bridge is the world’s longest bridge fountain.

Even though by the end I had a hard time to find my way through double bridges back to the major roads, the trip to the Han River was undoubtedly an amazing experience.

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