Seoul International Fireworks Festival (서울세계꽃축제)

I went to the Seoul International Fireworks Festival yesterday. I went there 4 years ago with a bunch of friends and had a lot of fun, so this time I decided to go there and take some pictures. As expected, the turnout was insane and just heading out of the station felt like an evacuation after a North Korean attack.

I got off of the Yeoinaru Station (여의나루역) on Line 5 and got out of exit #2. I ended up going across the Mapo Bridge (마포대교) because I thought I’d get a decent view of the action. at the middle of the bridge was a good vantage, but I wanted to get a different kind of shot with some interesting foreground in the mix.

63 Building
The 63 building before the festival. I probably should’ve camped out here instead of my eventual destination.

Unfortunately, the spot I went to wasn’t quite good for showing the fireworks and there was a fairly long 5+ minute pause, which convinced me to just leave. I feel like there shouldn’t be any overly long pause when shooting fireworks, especially if you’re going to call it an international show. There were a lot of food vendors and police, so I can’t really complain about the organization of the event. Next time, I’ll be a bit more patient as I did hear it picked up quite a bit after I left and choose a more generic spot!

Yeoido Fireworks 여의도 꽃불
This was the spot I ultimately decided on, but unfortunately the fireworks weren’t very prominent 😦

Author: Ryan Mar

Just a guy simply making the most with life abroad. Love travel, photography, food, and just enjoying life. Currently blogging about beautiful places in Seoul, Korea, along with food, culture, and observations at

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