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Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Bridges in Seoul, Part I: Banghwa Bridge

Passing to the Final Juction of Interstate 130... wait. It's Tomo-chan! Fetch her, NOW!
The Banghwa Bridge (Hanja: 傍花大橋) crosses the Han River in South Korea and connects the precincts of Banghwa-dong, Seoul Gangseo-gu and Gangmae-dong, Goyang DeogYang-gu in Gyeonggi Province. The bridge was built in December 1995 and completed in November 20th 2000.

Banghwa Bridge is the 27th bridge to span Korea's Han River, is a balanced arch truss type bridge with a total length of 2,559 meters (2.56km/1.59 miles), connected from EXIT 7: 88 JCT (Junction) to EXIT 8: Bungno JCT. This bridge is a part of the Interstate 130 (I-130): Incheon International Airport Expressway.

North Side of the Bridge
EXIT 8: Bungno JCT (북로분기점/北路分岐點) - Exit to Gangbyeonbuk Highway (Gangbyeonbuk-ro/강변북로/江邊北路) via:
  • Haengju Fortress (Haengju Sanseong/행주산성/幸州山城) and Freedom Road (Jayuro/자유로/自由路) and Hoguk Avenue (Hoguk-ro/호국로/護國路) to the West.
  • Gayang Avenue (Gayang Daero/가양대로/加陽大路) to the East.
  • Kwon Yul Boulevard (Kwon Yul Daero/권율대로/權慄大路) to the North.

South Side of the Bridge
EXIT 7: 88 JCT (88분기점/88分岐點) - Exit to Olympic Highway (Olympic Daero/올림픽대로) via:
  • Gangseo Han River Park (강서한강공원/江西漢江公園), Gaehwa-dong Avenue (Gaehwadong-ro/개화동로/開花洞路), Bucheon-Beolmal Avenue (Bucheon Beolmal-ro/부천 벌말로) and Geumpo Avenue (Geumpo-ro/금포로/金浦路) to the West.
  • Gangseo Avenue (Gangseo-ro/강서로/江西路) to the East.
  • EXIT 5: Nooji JCT (노오지 분기점/老梧地分岐點) [transfer to I-100 LOOP: Seoul Ring Expressway - EXIT 21] to the South.