Sunday, January 2, 2011

Banpo Bridge, Seoul, Korea

The Banpo Bridge is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River. Banpo Bridge was built in 1982 and is on top of the Jamsu bridge which was built in 1976, forming a "double deck" bridge. The lower deck incorporates pedestrian and bicycle paths that provide easy access to the Banpo Hangang Park from the north side of the river. When the water level rises too high, the Jamsu Bridge becomes covered with water and gets closed off. 

In 2009 a fountain composed of a series of 10,000 LED nozzles was added on each side of the upper bridge. The streams of water wave up and down and are lit with colored lights.  This photo was taken from the lower bridge.  You can just make out some of the pipe for the fountain along the edges of the upper deck above us.  See a short video clip here.

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Louis la Vache said... [Reply to comment]

«Louis» thinks this is the first bridge in Korea that anyone has posted on Sunday Bridges.

All best wishes to you this New Year!

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

Nice shot.

Ann, Chen Jie Xue 陈洁雪 said... [Reply to comment]

do you feel the vibration when a heavy truck crosses?

Elleona said... [Reply to comment]

Mon mari a été à Séoul mais n'a pas pris ce pont, il vboyageait par train !

Francisca said... [Reply to comment]

Bill, I don't know what to think of the fountain, but can't deny it's impressive. Did you see the water spray? I like your bridge shot, even the bit of reflection of the front windshield.

Unknown said... [Reply to comment]

We only drove over it once and the fountains were not turned on ni guess they only do that on special occasions. It is San impressive bridge and very solid.

Lesley said... [Reply to comment]

What an interesting looking bridge, from the railings to the lay-bys to the strange little dip (I don't think I've ever seen such a bend in a bridge before!)

Ryan said... [Reply to comment]

Hopefully the bend is meant to be there...right? Great shot, happy new year.

VioletSky said... [Reply to comment]

Surely the fountain would be distracting for the drivers?

It is nice that it was not crowded with vehicles so you/we can see all the neat features clearly.

Snowcatcher said... [Reply to comment]

The perspective in this shot is stunning. Thanks for the link to the water fountain on the side! That must have been so beautiful to see!

James said... [Reply to comment]

Excellent shot!