Late Evening Visit To Banpo Bridge, Seoul

If you’ve ever been to Seoul, South Korea, you likely know that the northern and southern parts of the somewhat circular-shaped capital city are divided in the middle by the Han River. The river starts off from the west coast right through Seoul and then quite a while longer. Accessed from so many areas throughout Seoul there are several large parks. There are large bike paths for cycling, walking, and running. Then there are grassy areas and resting places all over where many people come to play with their families and enjoy the river.

The Han River is quite wide, there are several famous bridges that connect the two sides of Seoul, for driving, walking, and cycling. I came with my family to one of such bridges, which is quite famous. It’s Banpo bridge, it’s most known for its Moonlight Rainbow Fountain. The fountain turns one in the evening time, and as its name suggests it’s lit up by various colors. I had in mind to take some photographs. But we do have some challenges. One, it’s quite dark forcing me to really test out my new camera ISO! I mean really push it up high! The second challenge, it was quite windy that day, and without a very good tripod… 🙁

It was a nightmare trying to get any long-exposure shots without camera-shake.

We were looking forward to the rainbow fountain. Unfortunately, due to the coronavirus, the fountain and lights have been canceled. (We didn’t know that until going.) Still, we enjoyed exploring around, and I did look for something interesting to photograph. Some of the photographs are less impressive under the circumstances but I’m sharing with you for the sake of telling you what I discovered in the area.

Bampo Bridge at the Han River in Seoul, South Korea
Bampo Bridge at the Han River in Seoul, South Korea
Bampo Bridge at the Han River in Seoul, South Korea
Bampo Bridge at the Han River in Seoul, South Korea
Bampo Bridge at the Han River in Seoul, South Korea

The photos are from the bridge and park around the bridge, Bampo Hangang Park. As you can see there are tons of people out there. There is a large grass area with lots of people sitting out with their blankets, picnic style with families or as couples. Along the water, there are also lots of people hanging out. You can enjoy the breeze coming off the water. I must admit, it was quite nice!

Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands). Artificial islands on the Han River near Bampo Bridge in Seoul.

Right near Banpo Bridge, on the park side, there are these 3 artificial islands that were made just a little bit onto the Han river, accessed by a short bridge. These islands are called Sebitseom, or Sebit islets. The islands are individually named Gavit, Chavit, and Solvit. The large, brightly lit blue buildings are impossible to miss.

Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands). Artificial islands on the Han River near Bampo Bridge in Seoul.

During the time I was happy to capture a few images I like.

Black and White Night Street Photography at Banpo Bridge in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Black and White Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Black and White Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.
Night Street Photography at Sebitseom, Sebit Islets (Chavit, Gavit, Solvit islands) in Seoul, South Korea. By Seoul photographer Don MacDonell.

There were a couple of other interesting things that I came across, at these islands you can rent yachts! There are also these little tube boats(?) that you can rent and hang out in on the water:

My family was with me exploring and my son had my old camera taking some of his own photos. His very first photographs alongside me. I took a few photographs of him. He surely was having a great time testing the camera out!

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