While I was shooting Incheon Bridge last night, one of the other guys there was showing off on his Galaxy some of the shots he’d taken the night before of Banghwa Bridge. Due to government energy conservation policies, they no longer light Banghwa Bridge up ever day, but they do turn on the lights on holidays. If we wanted to shoot it, he said, we’d need to go tomorrow, the final day of the Lunar New Year holiday.
So this evening, off I went to Banghwa Bridge.
Most often encountered on the drive to the airport, Banghwa Bridge is certainly one of the prettiers spans across the Hangang River. The deep orange color naturally brings to mind San Francisco’s Golden Gate Bridge, and if you catch it in the blue hour, you can capture the mountains in the distance, too. There was surprisingly little traffic on the bridge this evening, so it was a bit disappointing in terms of capturing traffic lines, but still pretty fun.
GETTING THERE: These shots were taken from the observation pavilion on the wooded hillock that forms the bulk of Banghwa Neighborhood Park, a short walk from Exit 1 of Banghwa Station, Line 5. You can also shoot the bridge from Haengju Sanseong Fortress on the other side of the river—click here to see what you can do from there. I understand there’s also an ecological park below the bridge, so perhaps there’s some shots to be made from there, too.
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