Busan Gwangan Bridge (or Gwangandaegyo, 'gyo' for bridge) is a famous bridge in Busan City. The bridge is Busan 66, also called Gwangan-daero.
This long above the sea structure stretches over 7. 4 kilometers from Namcheon-dong to Centum City (U-dong, Haeundae District). It is not only the longest bi-level bridge above the sea in Busan but also in the whole of South Korea.
Two Sides of Beauty
At night or evening time, the bridge shows off its series and mesmerizing dancing lights. This colorful beauty is only observable, obviously, when darkness comes.
Gwangandaegyo Bridge is equipped with thousands of LED (light-emitting diodes) lights. Its majestic beauty attracts lovers and visitors with its romantic colors and atmosphere.
Even locals and residents do not get bored in watching such lighting exhibition that changes depending on the season.
On the other hand, you will surely be amazed not by the bridge itself but on what you will witness from it.
Gwangan Bridge does not only give you a prompt channel to get around but also breath-taking panoramic views of the nearby Busan tourist attractions.
Such nearby attractions include the boundless sight of the blue ocean, Oryukdo Island, Hwangnyeongsan Mountain, Gwangalli Beach, Dongbaek Island Park, and also Dalmaji Hill, among others.
Gwangandaegyo, Gwangan Bridge, or the Diamond Bridge is a suspension bridge structure of this City. The road stretches about 6,500 meters long, but the whole bridge structure is over 7,400 meters long if measured from both ends.
As a bridge structure, it is the second-longest bridge in South Korea after the Incheon Bridge, which connects Songdo Island and the main road leading to Incheon International Airport.
Gwangan Bridge commenced its construction in 1994 and completed in 2002 (December). The total amount reached almost 790 billion Korean Won.
It was initially opened in September and October 2002 for the Asian Games. When it was finally completed, it was officially inaugurated in January 2003.
BIZARRE ACCIDENT: Gwangan Bridge made international headlines when a Russian cargo ship crashed the lower level of the bridge in February 2019. The accident caused a 5-meter wide damage part of the bridge, but no injuries were recorded. According to the reports, the captain of the ship was intoxicated when the ship just left the Port of Busan for Vladivostock. I saw the phone-captured videos circulated online!
For some exact details, you might need to get the relevant information below.
Address: 203, Suyeonggangbyeon-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan
부산광역시 해운대구 수영강변대로 203 (재송동)
Phone Inquiry: +82-2-1330; +82-51-780-0077. These two numbers can respond to inquiries in four languages: Korean, English, Japanese, Chinese.
Website: www.gwanganbridge.or.kr (Korean only)
www.bisco.or.kr (Korean only)
Operating Hours (Bridge Lighting)
Gwangan Bridge operates the lighting from November to April. During weekdays, the lights are turned on from sunset to midnight. On weekends, the lights are on from dusk to 2 AM the next day.
In May-June and September-October months, Gwangan Bridge's light is turned on from sunset to 1 AM the next day, and on weekends from evening to 2 AM the next day.
In July-August months, Gwangandaegyo, which is the summer season, the lights are on from sunset to 2 AM the next day during both weekdays and weekends. Wow!
Now, if you are planning, or better yet, have decided to witness the lights of Gwangan Bridge at night, you will need cozy accommodation closeby. Please, check out the places below.
Dawn Beach Hotel
Dawn Beach Hotel is located in Suyeong-gu (District) in Busan City. This tourist hotel is sitting just next to Gwangalli Beach, where you can directly see the bridge. Of course, you can see the blue ocean from your window from among the 44 guest rooms they offer.
Hotel Aqua Palace
Hotel Aqua Palace is located in Suyeong-gu district in this city. This tourist hotel offers very comfortable facilities and a great night view of Gwangan Bridge. The beautiful Gwangalli Beach is there for you to explore as well.
Homers Hotel, also located in Suyeong-gu, is a tourist hotel. It is established along the beach and at the end part of Gwangan Bridge. Here, you will enjoy the refreshing sea breeze, panoramic view of Busan City and the blue sea.
The Park Guesthouse
This guesthouse is located in Suyeong District in Busan City. It is a homestay facility at Gwangalli Beach area. Being at this beach area, you can easily and quickly get a view of Gwangan Bridge in the evening time till dawn. Park Guesthouse offers a living room, a kitchen, and other facilities, just like your own home.
Centum Premier Hotel
Centum Premier Hotel is an inn/motel accommodation located in Haeundae District. It is located in Busan's most famous beach area--Haeundae Beach. Its ground floors offer great views of Haeundae Beach and the sea. You can take a subway from here to Gwangalli Beach to watch the Gwangan Bridge glow at night.
Assuming you are already in Busan City (if not, check it here), you only have to follow my directions below, which is quick and easy.
You can take a bus towards the direction, or take a taxi cab instructing that the driver that you want to get to 'Gwangandaegyo'.
Taking Busan Metro could be the most practical way to get there. Simply find your way to Gwangan Station (Line 2), where you should get off.
Then look for either Exit 3 or 5. Then on foot, it will take approximately 10 minutes to get to the Gwangalli Beach area where you can see the bridge.
Please, let me know should you need more information. Thanks for reading and enjoy your travels. Keep safe!
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