Seoul International Fireworks Festival is an event that gets you out of the house and into a park with practically everyone else in the city. Indeed, it is an event to enjoy the outdoors and the spectacle of fiery light in the sky. But it is also one that tests your ability to be around hundreds of thousands of people.
People come in pairs or in packs and they stake out a spot. I ended up near the river as it boasted being a better viewing area. People sat and waited as the sun went down.
Then the sound of "boom" was heard and the sky was lit up. The first team was Japan and they put on quite an excellent show.
Seeing the sky lite up, I couldn't help but marvel at how ancient gun powder and fireworks are to human kind. I also felt a sense of comradeship with the thousands of other people at the park.
Indeed, the Korean crowd was a bit tough to please and they mostly went "ooo" and "aahhh" to the biggest fireworks shot in the sky.
Then came the final team, Korea, and you knew it was going to be special as things started off with a real bang. In fact Korea put on a great show and I was thoroughly impressed.
I think the best place to see the show was on the bridge, and many people seemed to have that figured out.
*PS bring some patience as leaving the place required one to walk like a penguin.