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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Bridges in Seoul, Part XVI: Dongjak Bridge, KORAIL-Seoul Metro Line 4 in the middle of the bridge and trademark of Seoul Dongjak-gu


Dongjak Bridge (Hanja: 銅雀大橋) is a bridge over the Han River, connecting from Ichon-dong, Seoul Yongsan-gu to Dongjak-dong, Seoul Dongjak-gu. The principal boulevard of this bridge is Dongjak Boulevard (Dongjak-daero/동작대로/銅雀大路). KORAIL-Seoul Metro Line 4 lies at the center of the bridge under the blue arched truss; connects from Station 430: Ichon-National Museum of Korea (이촌역 [국립중앙박물관]/二村驛 [國立中央博物館]/Ichon-yeok [Gungnip Jung-ang Bangmulgwan] - Interchange to KORAIL Gyeongui-JungAng Line - Station K111) to Station 431: Dongjak-Seoul National Cemetery (동작역 [현충원]/銅雀驛 [顯忠院]/Dongjak-yeok [Hyeonchungwon] - Interchange to Seoul Metro 9 - Station 920).

The combined girder and arched truss-type bridge is the 5th railway bridge and 11th bridge to be built on the Han River and a trademark that represents Seoul Dongjak-gu. It was built in October 1978 and completed in November 14th 1984. The bridge with the span of 1.33km (0.826 miles) reserves 11.4m width for railway tracks and 28.6m width each for triple carriageway road tracks. Dongho Bridge, a bridge which shares the same function as Dongjak Bridge opened a year later, on February 2nd 1985. There are two interesting places on Northern and Southern ends of the bridge where the National Museum of Korea and Seoul National Cemetery are located at these both ends.

On the southern end of the bridge, Outlook café Gureum (구름) and Noeul (노을) are definitely the place to be if you wish to enjoy a fantastic night view of Seoul. The cafés, located on Dongjak Bridge, are placed highest among the nine cafés on Hangang River. On the fifth floor is an outdoor terrace where you can take in the breathtaking night views of Dongjak Bridge, Banpo Bridge and even Hangang Bridge from a distance. At the Gureum Café, you may view “Moonlight Rainbow Fountain Show” at Banpo Bridge from April 1st to October 31st. Meanwhile from the Noeul Café, you can enjoy the sparkling lights of N Seoul Tower in the deepening twilight. The oval-shaped café guarantees a wide-open view from anywhere in the café. 

Noeul and Gureum Cafés have not only a similar interior but menu. Both cafés offer coffee, tea, liquor and meals. After 7, it is always crowded in both of the cafés, so better to hurry. Noeul Café is known for its excellent coffee, while Gureum provides a soothing experience with its glowing asterism lights and aroma flavor. Noeul and Gureum Cafés have an extensive menu: Coffee is 4,000 - 6,000 won, fresh fruit juice 7,000 won, tea 5,000 - 6,000 won, beer 5,000 - 8,000 won. Meals are also served: Pork cutlet is 9,000 - 13,000 won and steak is 15,000 ~ 45,000 won


* Archaic Korean Glossary: Gureum (구름) means Sky and Noeul (노을) means Sunset in English.