Banpo Bridge passes over the Han River in downtown Seoul, connecting the Yongsan and Seocho neighborhoods. This girder bridge, completed in 1982, entered the Guinness Book of World Records in 2009 for installing the longest bridge fountain in the world, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain, which puts on a nightly water-and-light show.
Some 380 water jets on both sides of Banpo Bridge pump water from the Han River to a fountain display meant to resemble willow branches in the wind. When the sun goes down, the Moonlight Rainbow Fountain lights up, and 20-minute shows add music to the spectacle. Many guided nighttime tours via bus or bike, or on foot, include a stop at the bridge.
Things to Know Before You Go
- Banpo Bridge at night is a must-see for couples and families traveling with children.
- Dress in layers; the temperature can drop once the sun goes down.
- The best views of the fountain are from Banpo Hangang Park.
How to Get There
To get to Banpo Bridge, take Seoul Subway Line 3, 7, or 9 to the Express Bus Terminal Station and leave through Exit 8-1. It’s a short walk to the bridge from there.
When to Get There
The Banpo Bridge fountain only operates from April to October, and showtimes change from month to month. When the weather is nice, the park at the base of the bridge makes a pleasant spot for an evening picnic dinner while you wait for the fountains to come to life. Fountain shows are canceled in the event of rain.
Banpo Hangang Park
Situated on the southern side of the Han River at the end of Banpo Bridge, Banpo Hangang Park is not only a popular spot for watching the fountain show, but also it attracts visitors and locals to its playgrounds, sports facilities, and riverside café. Nearby Seoraeseom Island is a popular spot for picnics during the spring and summer months.