EXPLORING SEOUL : BANPO BRIDGE RAINBOW FOUNTAIN SHOW // SEOUL SEARCHING 2016

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On my very last weekend in Seoul, I had run out of things to do because I left my itinerary empty for more spontaneous events. I was alone in the city since my friend had already left for Malaysia and the friend who I was staying with was busy with her assignment. So, I was looking through the Visit Korea app (very useful and reliable) and saw this popular tourist attraction. I’ve heard of the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain show before but I never took interest until, well, I had nothing else to do. I thought it would be nice to actually go and see what the hype’s all about. I don’t regret it at all though, it became one of my favourite nights in Seoul.

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From Anam station, I got off at Dongjak station, at the other side of Seoul. The first show started at 7.30PM so I made sure to come way at around 6PM so I can take a stroll at Banpo Hangang Park and watch the sun go down while I was at it. I thought the park and the bridge would be close together since it shares the same name but I was wrong. I ended up walking super duper far but it was worth it. I saw many locals, dogs and many other shenanigans I wouldn’t have seen if I didn’t make my trip by foot.

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After walking quite far, I thought I found the bridge so I stopped at this dockyard, facing the bridge you see in this picture. It was one of my favourite moments in Seoul because the view was breath-taking, the cold wind was blowing in my face, the water was blue and everything about it made me tear-up while I was sitting there alone. It got pretty cold after a good time there so I checked the time and it was way past 7.30PM. I thought the show was late until I turned around and saw the actual Banpo Bridge behind me. It was a funny story because of course that would happen to me, my life is filled with events like this.

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By the time I got there, it was already dark but the place was brightly lit with lights and crowded with people. Couples, in particular. I never felt so single until I came to the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain show, alone. People were camping out at the park, couples were snuggling in their tents and enjoying food together, people came with their dogs. It was an eventful sight, but a lonely sight as well.

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I sat at the show for a good hour. I stayed until the last show at 9.30PM and had to get on the bus to get back. There isn’t a subway station close to the place so you’re better off using the bus to make your trip there. Unless of course, you would like to walk the extra mile from Dongjak Station like I did. Also, bring your own snack. There were food trucks but the options were not extensive.

For more info : http://english.visitkorea.or.kr/enu/ATR/SI_EN_3_1_1_1.jsp?cid=1011983

Talk again soon,
Hani Lutfi

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