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I’m a huge fan of structures across the world that showcase mankind’s technological achievements. Skyscrapers, monuments, towers, ships, anything that makes me sit back and think ‘How in the hell did they build that!?’ And then there are bridges; the marvelous engineering feats that link two points across varying obstacles. They come in different shapes, sizes, lengths, designs, locations, and outside of skyscrapers, are my favorite type of structures to see up close during my travels.
Before traveling to Busan I had read that Korea’s 2nd largest city hosted Gwangan Bridge, a suspension bridge spanning 7,420 meters and 24 meters wide with eight lanes to connect the Heundae and Suyeong Districts. Widely promoted as a stunning landmark for Busan, I figured that I couldn’t have left the city without paying it a visit.
I managed to view Gwangan Bridge from three different viewing points:
The first was near Shinesgae Department Store where I got a look at the long access ramp to the bridge as it passed through Marine City.
The next was from Millak Waterside Park, which was the closest I could get to the bridge without driving on it.
It offered a perfect vantage point of the brilliantly illuminated bridge. Additionally, as it was night, I could easily view the larger than life spectacle of lights “dancing” across the frame of the bridge to the beat of some famous tunes.
Lastly, I caught the bridge from a distance around the edge of Marine City. I did manage to reach Gwangalli Beach—perhaps the best viewing spot for Gwangan Bridge—but it was raining by then and I was hesitant to whip out my camera. Sucks, right?
Later I also find out that Gwangan Bridge plays host to many festivities throughout the year including the Busan International Fireworks Festival and a marathon.
Note: If you’re looking to cross the bridge, you’ll need to do so by car; crossing the bridge by foot is not allowed!
Directions to Gwangan Bridge in Busan: Hop on Busan Subway Line 2 to Gwangan Station.