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Damaged Waegwan Bridge of Chilgok – South Korea

We have entered the rainy season here in Korea, and over the past few days a lot of rain has fallen. Just a few miles away in a small town called Waegwan, there is an old bridge originally built in 1905 that was heavily damaged.

The bridge spans the Nakdong River, which played a big part in the Korean War as a defense line for the United Nations. I won’t go into a history lesson here, but you can read more about the war at my new project The Korean War Files. Anyway, the river was raging with all the rain and it took out one of the pillars that held up the bridge, which has been a pedestrian bridge for quite a few years.

Ironically, the bridge collapsed on the 61st anniversary of the start of the Korean War, June 25th. This isn’t the first time the bridge has been partially destroyed. Part of it was blown up in the early going of the war to stop the advancing North Korean Army. Below are some pictures I took on a trip to see the bridge that for the past 18 years has been more of a symbol for those who fought and died in the war.

On the walk to the river - my friends Jon and Soh-ee

The downed portion of the bridge

All along the pedestrian bridge are flags of the countries that sent troops with the number sent and the number that died

Looking down the bridge

The damaged Waegwan Bridge

Damaged bridge with Waegwan in the distance



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About Eric Bynum
I taught ESL for three years in South Korea and now I am looking to set out on a new journey after just finishing my teaching certification in the US. I hope to continue teaching and traveling and you can follow his journeys here.

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One Response to “Damaged Waegwan Bridge of Chilgok – South Korea”

  1. Chris Sharkey says:


    I am working on a short news video about S. Korea’s insurance market and was wondering if you might be willing to let us use a damaged bridge photo? My preview doesn’t seem to be working, so I can’t actually see what your photos here look like – I’m going by the descriptions. We of course would credit you anyway you prefer.

    Thanks, Chris

    Christopher Sharkey
    Corporate Communications Specialist – Public Relations
    Ambest Road, Oldwick, NJ, 08858, USA
    Tel: +1 (908) 439-2200 ext.5159


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