Last weekend, my awesome friend Jen invited us to a V.I.P. viewing reception for the Seoul International Fireworks Festival, sponsored by the Hanwha Group. The reception was in a cafe on the Han River right in front of the 63 Building, with a perfect central view of the fireworks. The best part might have been the chartered bus ride there and back, given the horror stories I had heard about public transportation during the festival.
I have never been a big fireworks girl – I always felt like I could take them or leave them. But I had read enough about this event to know that it is considered a can’t-miss here in Seoul, so I’m really grateful that we were able to attend. And it was nothing like any fireworks show I’ve seen before. This was over an hour of spectacular, unique, over-the-top fireworks. Three countries “compete” each year in the festival, and this year’s entrants were Japan, Spain, and Korea. The fireworks are set to music (Spain did an especially brilliant job with their choreography and musical choices) and they were all stunning to behold.
I did my best with my iPhone camera, following some advice I had read (take lots of bursts, don’t zoom at all, hold the camera as steady as possible), and after hours of weeding through way too many bursts, here are a few that show off some of the incredible variety: