Banpo Bridge

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Banpo Bridge
반포대교
Banpo daegyo
Rainbow fountain Seoul.JPG
Night view of Banpo Bridge, Seoul.
Crosses Han River
Locale Seoul, South Korea
Maintained by Seoul Metropolitan Hangang Project Headquarters
Engineering design Dae Han Consultants Company, Ltd.
Total length 1,495 m (4,905 ft)[1]
Width 25 m (82 ft)[1]
Constructed by Byucksan Engineering & Construction Company, Ltd.[2]
Construction begin January 11, 1980[2]
Construction end June 25, 1982[2]
Construction cost 21.5 billion[2]
Daily traffic 103,925 (2009)[3]
Preceded by Hannam Bridge
Followed by Dongjak Bridge
Coordinates 37°30′56″N 126°59′46″E / 37.5155°N 126.9960°E / 37.5155; 126.9960Coordinates: 37°30′56″N 126°59′46″E / 37.5155°N 126.9960°E / 37.5155; 126.9960
Banpo Bridge
Hangul
Hanja
Revised Romanization Banpo daegyo
McCune–Reischauer Panp‘o taekyo

The Banpo Bridge (Korean: 반포대교; Hanja: 盤浦大橋) is a major bridge in downtown Seoul over the Han River, South Korea, connecting the Seocho and Yongsan districts. The bridge is on top of Jamsu Bridge, forming the upper half of a double-deck bridge; it is the first double deck bridge built in South Korea.[4] During periods of high rainfall, the Jamsu Bridge is designed to submerge as the water level of the river rises, as the lower deck lies close to the waterline. The bridge was built as a girder bridge and was completed in 1982.[5]

Moonlight Rainbow Fountain[edit]

The Moonlight Rainbow Fountain (Korean: 달빛무지개 분수) is the world's longest bridge fountain[6] that set a Guinness World Record with nearly 10,000 LED nozzles that run along both sides that is 1,140m long, shooting out 190 tons of water per minute. Installed in September 2009 on the Banpo Bridge, former mayor of Seoul Oh Se-hoon declared that the bridge will further beautify the city and showcase Seoul's eco-friendliness, as the water is pumped directly from the river itself and continuously recycled. The bridge has 38 water pumps and 380 nozzles on either side, which draw 190 tons of water per minute from the river 20 meters below the deck, and shoots as far as 43 meters horizontally.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "반포대교[盤浦大橋]". Doopedia (in Korean). Doopedia. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d "토목사업 주요실적". Byucksan Engineering & Construction (in Korean). 2005. Retrieved 1 January 2014. 
  3. ^ "반포대교". Naver / Encyclopedia of Korean Culture (in Korean). Naver. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  4. ^ "반포대교 (盤浦大橋)". Seoul Metro (in Korean). Seoul Metropolitan Government. 2000. Retrieved 2 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Banpo Grand Bridge". Structurae. Wilhelm Ernst & Sohn Verlag. 10 July 2013. Retrieved 22 April 2009. 
  6. ^ What's Happening Visit Korea, retrieved February 4, 2010
  7. ^ (Korean) Enterprise (2009-07-18). Drag the culprit to raise the water pump power consumption Asiae Website retrieved August 19, 2009