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Hanwha to Host Annual Fireworks Festival in Seoul on Oct. 5
100,000 Fireworks to Light up Autumn Sky in Seoul
Hanwha to Host Annual Fireworks Festival in Seoul on Oct. 5
  • By Choi Moon-hee
  • September 20, 2019, 12:15
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The Hanwha Seoul International Fireworks Festival held at Hangang Yeouido Park in Seoul in 2018

Hanwha Corp. will host the 17th Hanwha Seoul International Fireworks Festival 2019 at Hangang Yeouido Park in Seoul on Oct. 5.

The company has been holding the annual festival since 2000 as part of its social responsibility programs. Now it has evolved into an international festival combined with various culture and art events.

The company announced its plans for this year's edition at Hanwha Building in Janggyo-dong, Seoul, on Sept. 19.

The theme of this year's festival is “Life is Colorful.” The company says the festival is intended to support a bountiful life with a variety of experiences. During the show, about 100,000 fireworks will light up the autumn night sky in Seoul for 1 hour and 20 minutes from 7:20 p.m. to 8:40 p.m.

This year's festival will present firework shows by three firms from South Korea, Sweden and China. China’s Sunny International Fireworks will open the show. Sunny is one of the leading firework show companies in China, which is the largest firework producer in the world. The firm is planning to display fireworks under the theme of “The Starry Night” this year.

Sweden’s Gothenburg Fireworks Factory will be the second presenter. It participates in the Seoul festival for the first time. Gothenburg is the youngest firework show company in Europe that started the fireworks business in 1994, but it has won many awards at international fireworks festivals. The theme of its show is “Color of the North.”

Hanwha will close the festival. The company started its fireworks business in 1964 and has sponsored various national events, including the 1986 Asian Games, 1988 Summer Olympics, 2002 FIFA World Cup and 2018 Winter Olympics.

Hanwha said, “We believe that there will be no typhoon coming on Oct. 5 and has only 25 percent of chance of rain. We expect that it is going to be good weather that day.”