Busan's Gwangalli ranks among the most beautiful beaches in Korea. Its annual fireworks festival, held every October, has become one of the port city's key calendar events.
The festival recently celebrated its ninth year, drawing over two million visitors last week. As night fell, some 90,000 fireworks were set off for an hour over the beach, illuminating the sky and casting beautiful reflections on the sea.
The highlight of the show was a series of waterfall-themed fireworks using Gwangan Bridge as a backdrop. Fireworks named after, and designed to vaguely resemble, some of the world's most spectacular natural wonders exploded in the night sky over the 1-km bridge.
The festival also featured the nation's largest single firework, rising 500 m high with a bloom diameter of 400 m. It soared into the sky like a dragon rising up to the heaven, creating a spectacular sight with flames scattered across the sky. It can only be seen in Busan due to the scope of Gwangalli Beach, which makes it the perfect venue for fireworks of this size, unlike other major festivals in Yeouido, Seoul or Songdo, Incheon.
Visitors at the beach were also stunned by another majestic scene of fireworks that exploded to form the shape of a bird with a 15-m wingspan. The bird "flew" over the sky along the beach, leaving a golden trajectory in its wake.
Various performances took place ahead of the fireworks show, including a K-Pop concert and other shows featuring percussion instruments along the beach.
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