Was at KTO today and overheard a fellow Singaporean asking about going to Banpo Bridge.
Thought I would share my experience here too (:
Banpo Bridge or Rainbow Bridge as it is more commonly known is located in Seoul, Korea. It’s actually an expressway, if I’m not wrong. So….imagine the CTE + over a river + spraying water with colorful lights and tacky music at night. TADA!
Yes, I am making un-romanticising it 😛
Our adventure there
Ber and I being the busy working adults (excuses!) that we are, didn’t really do a lot of research before we left. We only know that we want to see this famous Rainbow Bridge! So, somehow, on Day 2 of our trip, we found ourselves lost.
But fret not! We asked a guide at E-Dae and managed to get the directions there. So……
Step 1: We took the train to Yongsan Station
Step 2: We took bus 405A at a bus stop across the street from the station.
Step 3: I think we alighted about 6-8 stops later. Can’t remember which stop it is but….It’s super wulu! You see the expressway on your right, the train track is behind you, there’s ONE building (some broad cast station) across a HUGE road.
We got a little lost. Stopped a nice old couple who stopped to help us even though we (and they) were freezing! We asked them where Banpo Bridge is and they pointed to the expressway above us where there was a sign that said, “반포대교” LARGELY. We felt a little stupid so we thanked them and let them go.
We climbed a staircase to check if we need to cross a bridge or something but nope. The bridge leads you up to the expressway where you can walk towards a housing estate. We climbed down.
Then I saw that there were loads of cars coming out from this small road behind the train track. Suggested going down there to check it out cos that was where the river and all those cars must mean something (yes, I was desperate!). Ber had some concern about 2 girls heading down a dark road in the middle of nowhere. But after some discussion nicely (her) and sarcastic remarks from me (cold + me = mega bitch), we decided to just try. Cos…we came this far! Might as well (:
Passed the train track, down a dodgy staircase, crossed a street and we saw a group of people hanging around. So we knew we were correct! It’s basically a bicycle path along the Han River, under the expressway and erm…an abandoned skate park, I think.
Now, we had 15 mins to spare and we froze.
At 8pm, we heard some seriously tacky music playing. There was the song from Winter Sonata and some really old school classical song. The lights came on, the water danced and….
Trust me. The picture looked much nicer than it was in real life. Throughout the 15 minutes light show, I kept waiting for the WOAH to hit me. Never did.
It’s nice but under-whelming, I guess. Not really worth the effort.
Should you still go?
Yes. But please. GO FOR THE HAN RIVER NIGHT CRUISE! It’s gonna be more romantic and more worth it!
Can’t find much information on them but here’s the KTO site and from what I gather online, seems like the Live Music cruise should bring you to Banpo Bridge in time for the lightshow. Or you can take up this Han River Tour that KTO suggested.
But of course, do drop them an email or get your hotel reception to give them a call to double confirm (:
In a nutshell –
What we took: Yongsan Station -> Bus 405A -> Walked
Recommended: Han River Night Cruise
If you are really adventurous: Take the recommended route by KTO. Should be less wulu. It sounds easier at least!
1) Dongjak Station (Seoul Subway Line 4), Exit 1 or 2.
2) Express Bus Terminal Station (Seoul Subway Line 3,7 or 9), Exit 8-1.
Go straight for 250m, and turn right at the Express Bus Terminal 4-way intersection.
Continue going straight for 400m and cross the street at the crosswalk.
Go straight through the underpass to arrive at the park.
Take Bus 405 or 8340 and get off at Banpo Hangang Park.
Good luck! Have fun!