Banpo Bridge

The Banpo Bridge (Korean: 반포대교; Hanja: 盤浦大橋) 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.[4] 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. In the past decade, the bridge has submerged every year, and the bridge and surrounding area is cleared of mud and silt shortly afterward. The bridge was built as a girder bridge and was completed in 1982.[5]

Banpo Bridge

Banpo daegyo
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Night view of Banpo Bridge, Seoul.
Coordinates37°30′56″N 126°59′46″E / 37.5155°N 126.9960°E / 37.5155; 126.9960Coordinates: 37°30′56″N 126°59′46″E / 37.5155°N 126.9960°E / 37.5155; 126.9960
CrossesHan River
LocaleSeoul, South Korea
Maintained bySeoul Metropolitan Hangang Project Headquarters
Preceded byHannam Bridge
Followed byDongjak Bridge
Total length1,495 m (4,905 ft)[1]
Width25 m (82 ft)[1]
Engineering design byDae Han Consultants Company, Ltd.
Constructed byByucksan Engineering & Construction Company, Ltd.[2]
Construction startJanuary 11, 1980[2]
Construction endJune 25, 1982[2]
Construction cost21,500,000,000[2]
Daily traffic103,925 (2009)[3]
Banpo Bridge
Revised RomanizationBanpo daegyo
McCune–ReischauerPanp‘o taegyo

The south side, during times without global pandemics, has a yearly fall market, with live music and food trucks. The northern side has several bike and skating ramps.

Moonlight Rainbow FountainEdit

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain (Korean: 달빛무지개 분수) is the world's longest bridge fountain[6] that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul's eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally.[7]


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  2. ^ a b c d 토목사업 주요실적. Byucksan Engineering & Construction (in Korean). 2005. Archived from the original on 2 January 2014. Retrieved 1 January 2014.
  3. ^ 반포대교. Naver / Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  4. ^ 반포대교 (盤浦大橋). Seoul Metro (in Korean). Seoul Metropolitan Government. 2000. Archived from the original on 18 June 2004. Retrieved 2 January 2014.
  5. ^ "Banpo Grand Bridge". Structurae. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2009.
  6. ^ What's Happening Visit Korea, retrieved February 4, 2010
  7. ^ "달빛무지개분수(반포)" (in Korean). Seoul Metropolitan Government. 25 August 2017. Retrieved 2 December 2017.