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The Cultural Heritage of SEOUL(TBS)

  • Yanghwadaegyo (Bridge): The Second Hangang Bridge

  • The Cultural Heritage of SEOUL(TBS) SMG 2706

    Near Hapjeong-dong, where Yanghwajin—one of the three docks along the Hangang (River)—was once located, a bridge was built in 1965 to connect Yanghwajin and Dangsan-dong, Yeongdeung-po. Except for the now torn down Gwangjingyo (Bridge), Yanghwadaegyo was the second bridge built along the Hangang (River), about 50 years after the construction of the Hangang Bridge. Therefore, at the time, it was known as the “Second Hangang Bridge.” With four lanes on each side, it is a large bridge with a total of eight lanes. However, in the safety inspections carried out after the collapse of Seongsudaegyo (Bridge) in 1994, Yanghwadaegyo (Bridge) received the worst evaluation of the 15 bridges in Seoul, following which it underwent extensive repairs over a six-year period. Although the construction of the bridge seems quite basic in this day and age, it was a major undertaking that presented considerable construction challenges at the time. Nonetheless, Korea built the Second Hangang Bridge using only domestic manpower and technology. The glory and joy Korean’s experienced on the day the construction of Yanghwadaegyo (Bridge) was completed is still preserved in the Han River that continues to flow beneath it.