“5…4…3…2…1… fire!” “Wow! It looks like a pretty star.”
At around 7:30 pm on the 7th, the World Fireworks Festival was held at Hangang Park in Yeouido, Seoul, and citizens cheered while looking at the colorful fireworks embroidered in the sky. I took pictures and videos with my cell phone and admired the Taegeuk-shaped firecrackers, saying, “It’s so cool.” Parents pointed their fingers to the sky and explained to their children what shapes the fireworks represented.
The Seoul World Fireworks Festival was held from 7 p.m. on this day from Mapo Bridge to the Han River Railroad Bridge under the theme ‘Lights of Tomorrow’ (a bright future that brightens tomorrow’s world with colorful colors). Three countries, including Korea, China, and Poland, participated in the event. Hanwha Group holds a fireworks festival as a large-scale fall event every October along the Han River in Yeouido, Seoul.
Two hours before the start of the performance, the area around Yeouido, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul was crowded with people waiting to see the performance. Citizens who got off the buses and subways lined up tightly to go to Yeouido Hangang Park.
Dozens of people were waiting in line to pay at convenience stores and chicken restaurants. One chicken store posted a notice saying, “Only one chicken can be ordered per team. We ask for your understanding as the quantity is insufficient.” More than 10 delivery motorcycles were lined up on the road, and some delivery workers got into a fight with control agents.
After 6 PM, a chilly wind began to blow around the Han River. Citizens looked hopeful as they laid out blankets and wore thick coats. People who sat down on mats on the grass turned on the lights and set up cell phones and cameras on tripods. Yoo Ji-hwang, a college student, said, “I left Cheonan at 10:30 a.m. to see the fireworks. It’s getting colder and I’m worried when I think about the way back, but I still feel healed토토사이트.”
When the Chinese team’s performance began around 7:20 PM on this day, voices such as “Wow” and “Awesome” erupted from all over. The Polish team’s performance was scheduled to start at 7:40, but the performance was delayed by more than 20 minutes due to a system error. Citizens who had stood up to watch sat down in their seats, exhausted from waiting. The atmosphere in the area was silent for a while.
The Korean performance resumed at 8 p.m. Citizens who were focused on the performance again said, “The drones are cool,” “Korea is really good, too,” and “I think they’re much prettier than China.” There were also citizens dancing to K-pop songs everywhere. The Polish performance was attempted to resume at 8:40 p.m., but was eventually halted due to a mechanical error. Citizens looked perplexed, asking, “Are you not performing?” or “What’s going on?”