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The Magic Rainbow Fountain immediately broke the Guinness World Record for the world’s longest bridge fountain when it opened in 2009, much to the delight of the population of Seoul. It has close on 10,000 LED lights running across both sides of the 1 495 meter bridge.
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The fountain came about not just because of a potentially debatable sense of aesthetics. The city elders wished to re-invigorate the Seocho and Yongsan districts which the bridge connects and to create a space for cultural and leisure activities for citizens and international visitors to enjoy the scenery of the river.
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The enormous spouts are created by the use of 38 pumps which feed a total of 720 water nozzles. The fountain is considered eco-friendly as the water is pumped straight from the Han River and is recycled again and again. Just don’t mention the electricity it takes to affect that, or indeed the bill for the lighting.
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The pumps draw a staggering 10 tons of water each minute from the river, which is twenty meters below the (top) Banpo Bridge. The nozzles are a little more powerful than your average garden sprinkler and shoot water close to 50 meters horizontally. That would lead to some water fight, if used domestically.
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The river Han has seen many bridges since the city was founded over 2,000 years ago. Yet, no doubt, none have been made in to quite such a spectacular water feature as the Banpo.
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