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Korean transcription(s)
 • Hangul
 • Hanja
 • Revised RomanizationBanpobon-dong
 • McCune–ReischauerPanp'obon-tong
Exterior of National Library of Korea located in the Banpo district
Exterior of National Library of Korea located in the Banpo district
Banpo-dong within Seocho-gu
Banpo-dong within Seocho-gu
CountrySouth Korea
 • Total5.9 km2 (2.3 sq mi)
 • Total97,046
 • Density16,000/km2 (43,000/sq mi)

Banpo-dong is a dong, neighborhood of Seocho-gu in Seoul, South Korea.[1][2] Banpo-dong is divided into 5 different dong which are Banpobon-dong, Banpo 1-dong, 2-dong, 3-dong and 4-dong.

The neighborhood is just north of Express Bus Terminal station and to the south of the Han River. Some of the apartment buildings were built in the late 1970s but the area is considered affluent due to its central location within Seoul, proximity to the Han River Park,[3] shopping malls, and mass transit transportation options. This area is also specialized for education, since banpo-shopping-center contains numerous educational academies. Banpo is currently going on a constant re-modelling of the old apartments as well.[4]

The area is home of Seorae Village, a small French enclave, with its large concentration of French residents and European-style restaurants, dessert cafes, as well as wineries and cafes stand along its main street.[5]

The National Library of Korea in located in Banpo-dong. It was founded in 1945 in Sogong-dong, Jung-gu and was relocated to Banpo-dong in 1988.

Banpo Bridge is also located in the district.

Banpo-dong is known as the city of apartments. In Banpo, most of the apartments are high priced. Some examples are Banpo-Xi, Raemian Firstige Apartments, Banpo-Riche or Banpo Hillstate etc. They are recorded as one of the highest priced apartments in Seoul. Banpo-dong is well developed for transportation. It has an express bus terminal that takes people to every place in Korea. The cost of a ticket for a teenager is ₩7000~₩20000 and ₩21000~₩30000 for adult based on the distance they are traveling (“Express and Intercity Buses”). Also, the subway station is well developed. Some of them are “Express bus terminal station”, “Gangnam station” and “Shin Nonhyeon Station”. The cost of a ticket is ₩880 for teenagers and ₩1250 for adults (Cho Sik Nam). Banpo has various shopping malls and the biggest shopping mall is called “Shinsegae”, which is huge department store that sells various kinds of high-end and name brand products. It is managed by Samsung group which is one of the largest corporations in the world (“Shinsegae”). Banpo is a well developed city for education. Lots of schools have been built in past 4 years. Some examples are “Wonchon Elementary School”, “Banpo Middle School” or “Sewha High School” etc. In Banpo, there are a lot of festivals held no matter the season. The most famous festivals are the “firework festival” and “music festivals.” The Fire festival is held at Yeouido which is located near the Han river. The cost of a ticket is free which is open for everyone(Mukti). The Music festival is held at “Seorae Village”, where a lot of French people are living. The main purpose is to make provide people with enjoyment. In the festival, different kinds of music is performed which demonstrates various musical traditions. The cost for ticket is free which attracts a lot of people to join (Evan and Rachel). In Banpo, there is island called “Bam island”, which is made artificially. It has various restaurants that people can enjoy. Also, it has perfect view where one can see beautiful flowers. The island shines at night which attracts young and married couples (“seoul » Yeongdeungpo-gu…”). Banpo has various parks that people can take a walk or exercise in. Some well known parks are “Jangmi-Park”, “Banpo-Han river park” and Montmartre Park. These places are usually full of people who are exercising or walking with their dog. It has perfect services available such as exercise machines, water machine and basketball courts. Banpo-dong has largest river in Korea which is the “Han river”. People can enjoy lots of water-sports there. It has a huge field that can be used for playing various kinds of sports and also for holding picnics (“15 exciting activities…”). Banpo-dong has a well organized service system such as hospitals or police stations. The largest hospital is “Sungmo hospital”, which deals with emergency. The largest police station is “Seocho Police office”, which deals with the crime. It guarantees the safety of its citizens. Banpo-dong is a perfect place for entertainment and living. It is one of the provinces where population keeps increasing throughout the year. It is still developing so it will become a better place in the future.




  • Catholic university Seoul-Sungmo hospital
  • Catholic university Seoul-Sungmo medication center
  • Yonsei kids dentist office
  • Hanul department of ophthalmology
  • H plastic surgery center

Police office[edit]

  • Seoul Seocho police office
  • Banpo public peace center


  • Banpo Han river park
  • Banpo Jangmi Park
  • Shin Banpo Park
  • Montmartre Park


  • Banpo XI
  • Banpo Raemian Firstige
  • Banpo Riche


  • Banpo firework festival
  • Banpo hanbul music festival
  • Seoul Bamdokkaebi Night Market


  • National library of Korea
  • Seocho Gu Rip Banpo library


  • Banpo bridge
  • Banpo bridge rainbow fountain
  • Nueu bride

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "반포동 (Banpo-dong 盤浦洞)" (in Korean). Doosan Encyclopedia. Retrieved 2008-04-19.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Status quo of Banpo-dong" (in Korean). Seocho-gu official site. Archived from the original on 2013-02-19. Retrieved 2008-04-19.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2013-04-14. Retrieved 2013-04-14.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2016-04-12. Retrieved 2016-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Cho Jae-eun; Junghee Lee; Chang Hae-won (27 April 2011). "Amuse-bouches in Seoul's French Quarter". Joongang Daily. Retrieved 27 January 2013.
  6. ^ "Home" (English). French School of Seoul. Retrieved on 22 May 2014. "Seocho-Gu, Banpo-4-dong, 98-3 Séoul Corée"

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