The Dazzling Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain | Schedule + Directions [UPDATED 2023]
At last count, there were 27 bridges spanning the mighty Han River in Seoul’s capital area. Banpo Bridge is the most famous.. and not just in Korea.
Why, you may ask? Well, attached to the edges of the bridge is the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain. It’s THE longest bridge fountain in the entire world, and a brilliant spectacle to see, particularly on warm summer evenings. Best of all, it’s free!
In this guide
- 1 Banpo Bridge Facts | 반포대교
- 2 The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain | 반포대교 무지개 분수
- 3 Planning a trip to Korea?
- 4 How to get a unique views
- 5 How to go to Banpo Bridge by subway
Banpo Bridge Facts | 반포대교
Banpo Bridge is the top half of the first double-decker bridge ever built in Korea. It was completed 40 years ago, back in 1982.
You’ll also hear Banpo Bridge referred to as Banpodaegyo Bridge. They are one and the same, so don’t get too confused by this. It’s because the phonetic translation of the Korean 반포대교, is Banpodaegyo. This is actually a total misnomer, since 반포 = Banpo and 대교 already means big bridge, but it’s widely accepted anyway.
Jamsugyo | 잠수교
The bottom half is called Jamsu Bridge, and it was specifically designed to be under water. In fact, the Korean 잠수교, actually means submerged bridge. When rainfall is high during monsoon season, you can count on Jamsugyo disappearing completely from view underwater.
Try taking a stroll across Jamsugyo during dry periods for unique views of the east and west sides of the city, with the waters of the Han River as your soundtrack.
Which side of Banpo Bridge should I visit?
Banpo Bridge is located almost exactly in the centre of Seoul, and connects the districts of Seocho in the south, to Yongsan in the north.
The south end is definitely where most of the action is. There’s green space for picnicking, places to sit and watch the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain show, and access to the Some Sevit Floating Islands.
On weekends, in the warmer months, you can explore the Bamdokkaebi Night Market with its food trucks and unique shopping stalls. You can also enjoy views of Namsan Mountain and N Seoul Tower from the south side.
The north side of Banpo Bridge is less developed, however you can still find bike paths, workout stations, and some green spaces.
The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain | 반포대교 무지개 분수
There’s a lot to do at Banpo Bridge, but one of the most well known attractions in the city and around the world, is the Rainbow Fountain show. Running for a total length of 570 metres on both sides, this is the longest bridge fountain in the entire world.
During the show, 380 nozzles suction water up from the Han River below and spray them out into a sparkling show of music and movement. A whopping 60 tons of water is used for every single minute that the Rainbow Fountain is operating.
The spray cascades outwards for an incredible 43 metres, before falling 20 metres back down into the river.
You can catch the fountain show during both the day and night, but it’s definitely better after the sun goes down. At night, the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain is illuminated by a rainbow of 200 LED lights that highlights the shooting sprays of water, as they dance in synchronization with various pieces of music.
Did I mention that it’s free?
When to see the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain show?
The Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain operates every day from April to October, four to six times a day. Each show lasts approximately 20 minutes. Schedules vary from season to season, and from day to day of the week.
The current Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain schedule is as follows:
April 1st – June 30th & September 1st – October 31st
Weekday shows are at noon, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00PM. During weekends and holidays, the fountain shows are at noon, 7:30, 8:00, 8:30 and 9:00PM.
July 1st – August 31st
On weekdays, shows begin at noon and every half hour starting from 7:30PM. The last show begins at 9:00PM. On weekends and holidays, you can watch the Banpo Bridge Moonlight Rainbow Fountain at noon, and every half hour from 7:30 – 9:30PM.
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How to get a unique views
There’s a couple of ways to get unique views of the Banpo Bridge and Rainbow Fountain show.
Take a Han River Cruise
Get up close and personal with the Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain by taking a Han River Cruise. Whether it’s a yacht or ferry cruise, you’re sure to get an exciting view that most people don’t usually see.
TIP | Taking a cruise atop the Han River is a great way to see Seoul. There are many cruise offerings – some with meals, entertainment, or music. If you want to see the Rainbow Fountain, be sure to book your cruise in the evening in order to see the LED lights and water at their best.
Here are some Han River Cruise options to check out.
Han River Cruise by YACHT | Han River Ferry Buffet Cruise | Eland Ferry Cruise from Yeouido
Get thee to Dongjak Bridge
You can also make your way over to the south end of Dongjak Bridge, which is the very next Hangang Bridge to the west.
There, you’ll find two incredible eMart 24 convenience stores, both with incredible views of the city. Each is 5 floors and include cafes, snack zones, bookshop, lounge and outdoor rooftop, along with a limited selection of the usual convenience store goodies. They even have Heineken and local craft beer on tap!
At the west side eMart, you can see the N Seoul Tower and western side of the city. Head up to the cafe or rooftop on the east side of Dongjak Bridge, for unique views of Banpo Bridge.
TIP | Get panoramic views of Seoul from the top of Namsan Mountain and the N Seoul Tower Observatory. See only the observatory, or get a combo ticket that includes food and activities as well. Score the cheapest tickets to the N Seoul Tower Observatory by clicking here.
How to go to Banpo Bridge by subway
It’s possible to drive to Banpo Bridge if you have a car, but I wouldn’t recommend it at peak times. There’s limited paid parking spaces, and waits for a spot can get pretty long (and frustrating).
The most convenient option for getting to Banpo Bridge is definitely via Seoul subway.
Get off at Express Bus Terminal Station and take Exit 8-1 or 8-2. Walk straight for 250 metres, turning right at the Express Bus Terminal intersection. Walk straight for another 400 metres and cross the road. Go through the underpass to arrive at Banpo Bridge.
Get off at Dongjak Station and take Exit 1. Walk straight for 20 metres until the reach the Banpo Jugong Apartments, make a left turn and walk straight for 900 metres until you reach your destination.
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Banpo Bridge Rainbow Fountain: Essential Info and FAQs
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I missed going to Banpo bridge the last time that I went to Korea (it was February, so a weeee bit cold) – but I’ll definitely have to go see it once I’m there next year!
Haha good thing you didn’t try to go. It doesn’t run in February! Only from April to October – is your visit during that time? It’s definitely worth seeing, especially since there’s so much other stuff going on there too. 🙂
looks absolutely gorgeous by night! great pics!
Night time is definitely the best time to go see this show! 🙂
Alison and Don
Wow, this looks amazing. Great photos!
I think the best perspective on this fountain show must be from above… now to just figure out exactly where that is. :p
Madeline Fink Fletcher
I saw this when I was in Seoul in 2015. It was a great free thing to do! The music choices that went with the fountain display were very eclectic, which was entertaining. 🙂
Haha “eclectic” is definitely the right word to describe the music choices. 😉 That area has developed so much – and so many of the things are free. It’s really a great place to hang out in Seoul… especially on warm evenings.
The water coming out of Banpo Bridge does look like rainbow water. So cool! Didn’t know it was a double-decker bridge. I guess Jamsu Bridge below isn’t open to the public to walk across when it’s monsoon season. Banpo Bridge sounds like quite a long bridge and if you wanted a good workout, maybe you could walk all around it as a good workout and see all the views in a day 😛 Beautiful photos you managed to get of the bridge. The blue hour one looks amazing 🙂
During monsoon, Jamsu Bridge is totally under water, and sometimes you see only the tops of trees poking out of the water. It’s nuts! You’re right, it would be a great workout to wander up, down and across those bridges. I usually ride my bike across and that takes long enough! :p I wish I could take credit for those photos, but alas – there are people much more talented than I who took them! 😉
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