Written by Fong Sze Hui
Seoul is a vibrant city with endless number of sight-seeing spots all year long. But if you prefer something less touristy (meaning, lesser crowd), Banpo Bridge is one of the recommended spots to visit after sunset.
How to get there: Take Seoul Subway Line 7, to Express Bus Terminal Station, Exit 8-1 then walk straight to the major cross junction with a flyover bridge.
Formally known as Banpodaegyo Bridge, it is built over the Han River that flows in the heart of Seoul. Appreciating the beautiful architecture by the river bank is already an enjoyment on its own, but what’s more is the Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain light show that spices up the atmosphere here.
Although Navers app has been really helpful in guiding me to Banpo Bridge from the sub way station, I must admit that the path is a little tricky as you’d need to cross the flyover bridge and there is no signboard along the way. Anyway, the 20-minute walk is all worth it because I get to catch the show on time!
Do you know that Banpo Bridge was once recorded in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s longest bridge fountain with 380 water jets and a dazzling array of rainbow-colored lights? The locals even camp at the open grassy space nearby and enjoy some romantic moments under the moonlight.
I personally love this spectacular display that showcases the synchronicity of music and lights. But, be sure to come at the right time to be able to catch it. The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain operates daily from April to October at different hours: 7.30pm (15 minutes per show), 8pm / 8.30pm / 9pm (20 minutes per show).