Colorful Banpo Bridge Park

banpo-fountain-rainbow-bridgeBanpo Fountain Rainbow Bridge

banpo bridge park, seoul

Banpo Bridge Park is an exciting place to see when darkness comes and its lights flashes with rainbow colors.

Banpo Bridge is park of Hangang River Park, a river which is popularized by the saying that South Korea’s economic progress is the “miracle of the Han River.”

Banpo Bridge Park in the Han River is located on the southern part of the river. Banpo Bridge (Jamsu Bridge) is one among the three bridges (the others being the Hannam Bridge and Dongjak Bridge). It is 10,965m long with a total width of 33.4m and has 38 spans.

The bridge park is especially attractive at night when its fountains are lit up in rainbow colors from the Banpo Rainbow Fountain Bridge topping it off with spectacular views of Hangang River.

The Fountain Bridge emits over 380 tons of water a minute, making it the world’s longest bridge fountain. The water is sprayed in a rainbow pattern over both sides of the bridge creating an amazing light show that lasts for several minutes and captivates everyone who sees it.

At night as the colors dance across the fountains and its lights flash with rainbow colors, the bridge is absolutely breathtaking. The Banpo Rainbow Fountain Bridge makes an excellent backdrop for a romantic evening or just a great place to take in the views of Hangang River and beyond.

Whether you are there for its beauty or its history, it is sure to leave a lasting impression on everyone who visits it. 

This bridge park is open to the public for free and can be enjoyed day or night. It is located in Banpo Hangang Park and has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in Seoul. So, if you’re ever in the area, don't miss out on this incredible experience! 

The bridge also provides a great opportunity to explore Korean culture and the arts, with many different events and festivals held throughout the year. From traditional music concerts to art exhibitions and more, there is always something new happening here. The Banpo Rainbow Fountain Bridge is definitely a must-visit for anyone visiting Seoul! 

After taking in all the sights, sounds and activities of the bridge park, you can make your way over to the nearby Hangang Park. Here, you will find plenty more activities to enjoy and explore. From cycling paths to fishing spots, it is a great place for outdoor relaxation and exploration. There are also several restaurants located here, so be sure to check them out as well! 

TRIVIA: Banpo Bridge is the longest fountain bridge in the world--Guinness Book of Records.

banpo-fountain-rainbow-bridgePanorama of Han River and Banpo Rainbow Bridge

What’s Banpo Bridge park is Famous For?

As mentioned, the bridge has been especially built with a Rainbow Fountain on both of its sides.

Owing to its colorful and fascinating effects, the bridge got registered in The Guinness Book of Records in 2008. Not because of its rainbow fountain alone but also because it is the longest bridge fountain in the world.

Banpo Bridge has a total length of 1,140 meters attached with rainbow fountain. Wow!

(Please note that the rainbow fountain show time varies. You may call the number down below to ensure you come without seeing anything. But, there is always that changing lights anyway! :).

hangang-river-restaurantA floating restaurant and wedding reception floating hall

Origin & Facilities

When the Han River (or Hangang) was being developed through a government’s effort called “Hangang Rennaissance Project,” Banpo construction was started. The bridge starts from Banpo Hangang River Park towards the other side of the river bank.

Lights at Night
There are over 200 powerful and colorful lights that brighten up when darkness comes. The effects are mesmerizing. Its rainbow colors (ROY G BIV-remember?) recreates the real rainbow at night.

It is one of the best attractions in the park. Locals and foreign tourist come to experience this spectacle. (I remember my niece asking me about this bridge which she saw on facebook!).

Playing Field
Yes, there is a level-playing field in here. And I assume this is a place that you can play games fairly  (you know what I mean!). Anyways…

Various sports facilities are available for free including…

  • Bubble playground
  • In-line skating track,
  • Soccer field
  • Basketball court, etc.

I believe the field is open all-year-round for all.

Café
Anytime, you can also watch skyscrapers, towering apartments, and other interesting structures in the area day or night over a cup of coffee (or tea).

You will enjoy the fantastic view of the Hangang (River) and the skyscrapers from the riverside’s Gureum and Noeul Café. These are the special places where you can survey with your eyes the southern part of Seoul. The cafes are located in the southernmost part of Dongjak Bridge.

Seoraeseom (Island)
It is an island (river island) that connects from Banpo Han River Park. It is an artificial island created to provide a space surrounded by water for Seoul’s urban residents.

During spring, the island is bedecked with Canola Flowers. People come to enjoy the sights while others stay longer to have a picnic. Among the popular events are the Canola Flower Festival and Seoraesoem Butterfly festivals.

seoraeseom-islandSeoraeseom Island

More Friendly Spaces

If you don’t know (yet), Han River has two long stretches of paved lanes available to the public who want to do some activities. Yes, no cars and other automatic vehicles allowed here.

You can in-line skate, hike, run, jog, bicycle, and other similar activities. I have been cycling here for quite some time now (not recently, I confess! ^^).

Also, you can jet ski, do boating, and other water activity, except swimming (not that very clean!). It has all the necessary facilities such as restroom, bicycle stands and parks.

Han River is one of my favorite places to go on weekends or holidays with my family and friends. I find it very relaxing to take a stroll along Han River during sunset time and watch the beautiful reflection of the sun setting in the water. The view is really mesmerizing!

I highly recommend visiting this place if you haven't already. Han River is a great place for a day of outdoor activities, relaxation and sightseeing. 

River Cruising is also available. It is more exciting if you do it during evening time—the night lights! Yes, there is a dinner on the cruise as well. (Phone: +82-2-6291-6900; Website: www.elandcruise.com (Korean only)).

You'll definitely have an unforgettable experience here! Thanks for reading! :) 

Other Facilities

The parking area is available in a specific area, and one has to walk to their destination if possible.

Washrooms are also available in many places. They are clean and well-maintained. There is also a designated area for smokers, as well as benches and tables to sit and relax.

The landscape around the area is pleasant with trees and flowers on each side of the pathways. It's also nice strolling down these paths which can be used to take leisurely walks or go running.

The surroundings are very safe and secure at all times with security guards posted in the area. There are also CCTV cameras installed to ensure safety and well-being of visitors. 

Overall, Banpo Bridge Park area is an extremely convenient place for anyone to visit or stay in while they are visiting the city. There's something for everyone here, and it can be enjoyed by all ages.

So what are you waiting for? Come and experience the charm of Banpo Bridge Park today!

Address: 40, Sinbanpo-ro 11-gil, Seocho-Gu, Seoul (서울특별시 서초구 신반포로11길 40 (반포동)
Website: www.hangang.seoul.go.kr (Korean only)

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