Latest Seoul Major Tourist Attraction : Banpo Bridge

Latest Seoul Major Tourist Attraction : Banpo Bridge

Just a twist of design, a splattering of paint, a cheeky addition to something old can make it look brightly cheerful and attractive to the eyes again. The Banpo Bridge which crosses over the Han River in the Seoul capital of Korea has been given new life with the addition of a very interesting fountain, that was specially designed to attract more tourists. Instead of remodeling this huge structure to fit it with the usual design of a fountain, even that has been give some change,with the fountain shooting water downwards instead of up.

The fountains at the Banpo Bridge were installed on September ninth and have since become a major tourist attraction. It has nearly 10 thousand nozzles ( more exactly 9, 380 ) on either side of the bridge that shoots out 190 tons of water every minute. According to the Seoul mayor, Oh Se-Hoon, the fountain bridge would help acknowledge Seoul as an eco-friendly destination amassing more tourists. But unless the fountain is being used as a means of harnessing energy, the eco-friendliness of this fountain is skeptical.

Finally for those of you who want more than a few pictures, here is a video with this new project in action. I’ve noticed that for some people the video is not available due to country restrictions, but you can see it here using a proxy.

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19 comments

  • Hoteles ordesa October 21, 2008 at 16:35 PMLogin to Reply →

    Impresionante puente iluminado y con fuentes. Ese tipo de puentes son digno de ser visitados. Me encantan las ciudades con este tipo de arquitectura

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    Nice article. Thanks. :) Eugene

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  • Caryn November 27, 2008 at 10:07 AMLogin to Reply →

    WOW!!! I agree that I doubt how this could be seen as “eco-firendly” as it must take alot of energy to pump out that much water. But it is incredibly beautiful and I would love to go on a cruise on one of those boats. Id have to wonder though, wouldn’t it be a distraction to drivers and cause accidents?

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